Up until now Bill Cosby's Cosby Show co-star Phylicia Rashad hasn't had anything to say about the sexual abuse allegations against her former TV husband. But that changed when she spoke to Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman at a lunch for the movie Selma .
“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,” she said.
Bill Cosby, who is scheduled to perform three shows in Ontario starting Wednesday night in Kitchener, has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting some 20 women. Protests are planned. Many shows in the U.S. have been cancelled.
When asked what she thinks about the accusations by women like Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, Phylicia said “Oh, please.”
She appears to believe that the scandal has arisen as a result of some sort of deliberate conspiracy: “Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV” and “this show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”
What about Camille Cosby, who is standing by her husband? “This is a tough woman, a smart woman. She’s no pushover.”
She is also defending the comedian's choice not to speak about the allegations: "If he spoke now, what do you think the media would do with it?"
The Cosby Show ran on NBC from 1984 to 1992.
Another former co-star, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Monday told the Today Show that, "Honestly, that's not the man I know."
"All I can speak to is the man I know and I love the fact that he has been such an example [and] you can't take away from the great that he has done, the millions and millions of dollars he has given back to colleges and education, and just what he did with The Cosby Show and how groundbreaking that was."
NBC and Netflix have both cancelled upcoming Bill Cosby projects and re-runs of his shows have been halted by TV Land.