Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby: ‘Forget These Women’ Accusing Him of Sexual Assault

It looks like Clair Huxtable still has Cliff Huxtable’s back after all these years.

Bill Cosby’s former Cosby Show co-star and TV wife, Phylicia Rashad, came to Bill Cosby’s defense yesterday, calling the various sexual assault claims against the comedian “orchestrated.”

Rashad initially told columnist Roger Friedman that when it comes to rape allegations leveled against her TV husband, Bill Cosby, she did not “want to become part of the public debate,” Mrs. Huxtable proceeded to offer remarks that now have thrown her in to the thick of things.

Via Showbiz 411:

She did say to me “I love him” about Bill Cosby. She stands defiantly behind him. She told me that in the years she’s known him, she has never seen the behavior alleged by the women who say they were drugged and raped, or sexually harassed.

“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.”

Rashad became especially dismissive when she offers an “Oh, please,” once the names Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson came up in the interview.

“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” she concludes to finish the interview. “And it’s worked. …This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”

Well Phylicia, “these women” have leveled some serious allegations against Mr. Cosby and they are deserved to be taken seriously.