Claire Huxtable aka Phylicia Rashad is standing firmly in Bill Cosby’s corner as three more women come forward making allegations against Cosby.
Showbiz 411 reported that Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on NBC’s “The Cosby Show,” told the outlet that she never saw any indication of the behavior that many women have attributed to the legendary comedian/actor.
Cosby has been repeatedly accused of harassing, drugging and sexually assaulting women. No formal charges have been filed against Cosby, and his attorneys have vehemently denied the allegations.
“Forget these women,” Rashad said. “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.”
More than 20 women have come forward with claims, and a defamation lawsuit has been filed against Cosby.
Cosby’s reputation has suffered greatly in the wake of all these allegations, including the cancellation of a planned television show and the suspension of the Cosby Chair for the Humanities at Spelman College in Atlanta, where he and his wife, Camille, have been longtime benefactors.
Three more accusers
Attorney Gloria Allred challenged Cosby last month to meet his accusers in court or set aside $100 million to settle their claims. She had this to say in regards to Rashad’s statements…
“Phylicia, you should be supporting these women rather than joining Cosby’s paid ‘attack dogs’ who are trying to undermine them in any way that they can,” Allred said.
Rashad also said, “Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” she said. “And it’s worked. All his contracts have been canceled.”
The actress said she loves Cosby and defended his wife, saying there was no way Camille Cosby would stand for such behavior from her husband of 50 years.
“This is a tough woman, a smart woman,” Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman writes that Rashad told him. “She’s no pushover.”
She also spoke on the legacy of the beloved show that cemented her and Cosby as one of TV’s favorite couples.
“This show represented America to the outside world,” she said. “This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”
When asked why she believed Cosby hasn’t spoken up to defend himself, Rashad said she believes he has too much pride to do it.
“If he spoke now, what do you think the media would do with it?” she said.