Phylicia Rashad, aka Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show broke her silence about the rape and sexual allegations against her former TV husband Bill Cosby. In an exclusive interview with Showbiz 411′s Roger Friedman, Rashad, defended Cosby and said she never saw any indication of the behavior that many women have attributed to her former co-star.
“Forget these women,” Rashad told Showbiz 411. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.”
Rashad went on to dismiss claims by now more than 24 women including former supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson. “Oh, please,” she said about the two women who have accused Cosby of inappropriate behavior.
On the allegations against Bill Cosby:
“Forget these women. … What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.”
On The Cosby Show legacy:
“This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”
On a possibly conspiracy against Cosby:
“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV.” And it’s worked. All his contracts have been canceled.”
When asked how she felt about Cosby, Rashad reportedly said, “I love him.”