Bill Cosby’s former TV wife Phylicia Rashad has set the record straight about remarks attributed to her during her recent defence of the embattled comedian, insisting she was misquoted.
The actress sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis on Wednesday to explain the comments which were reported in a Showbiz411 column.
When talking about Cosby’s sexual assault accusers, Rashad reportedly said, “Forget these women”, but she insists that quote is not accurate.
She tells ABC, “That is not what I said. What I said is, ‘This is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy’. I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”
She was then asked to address the women who have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them in a series of decades-old incidents, and the actress added, “I can’t speak to those things and wouldn’t want to.”
The interview aired hours after three more women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault, and attorney Gloria Allred, who represents the trio, took aim at Rashad, stating, “Phylicia, I vow to you that I will not forget these women, because women matter. They deserve respect and dignity. Phylicia, you should be supporting these women rather than joining Cosby’s paid attack dogs who are trying to undermine them in any way they can.”
Rashad reportedly told Showbiz411 she feared the sexual abuse allegations against her The Cosby Show co-star have been “orchestrated” to ruin his legacy, insisting she never witnessed any behavior to suggest there is truth to the claims.
She added, “Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV… and it’s worked. All his contracts have been canceled.”