Raven-Symoné on Bill Cosby Scandal: ‘Keep Me Out of This!’
Raven-Symoné has shut down a joke report suggesting her former TV granddad Bill Cosby molested her when she was six.
The comedian has been hit with three rape allegations in the past week, including one from model-turned-TV personality Janice Dickinson, but his former The Cosby Show co-star insists her name won’t be joining the list of accusers.
She was targeted on parody site Hip-HopHangover in a story suggesting the actress had filed molestation charges against Cosby after the show’s 1992 series finale. The piece was clearly a joke, but many readers thought it was for real and it became a gossip item online.
On Wednesday, the 28-year-old blasted the report on her Instagram account, writing, “I was NOT taken advantage of by Mr. Cosby when I was on the Cosby Show! I was practically a baby on that show and this is truly a disgusting rumor that I want no part of!
“Everyone on that show treated me with nothing but kindness. Now keep me out of this!”
Ironically, bosses at TV Land announced the same day that they will stop airing repeats of The Cosby Show “immediately for an indefinite time” in the midst of the comedian’s scandal.
Three women, including Dickinson, have publicly accused Cosby of assault after comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during a stand-up gig in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last month.
Cosby’s lawyer and attorney have both dismissed the claims.
In 2006, a woman claimed the comic drugged and groped her. Cosby settled with the claimant out of court.
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