Lisa Bonet appear to take a veiled shot at Bill Cosby this weekend, but in reality The Cosby Show actress is taking cues from other co-stars on the show and remaining silent in the growing allegations of sexual misconduct against the television patriarch — even though it could cost her dearly.
As his co-stars are refusing to speak out against Cosby, the growing allegations against them could have some large financial consequences if networks were to step away from syndicating the popular 1980s sitcom. TVLand has already pulled re-runs of the show.
Bill Cosby is facing a list of accusers that now numbers more than a dozen, women who have accused him of drugging and raping them or simply molesting them. The alleged incidents took place over the course of several decades.
While a handful of celebrities have spoken out against Bill Cosby — including comedian Hannibal Buress, whose stand-up act in Philadelphia first revived the allegations against Cosby — it appeared as if the harshest words yet were coming from Lisa Bonet.
Over the weekend, a Twitter account in her name left a cryptic but supposedly harsh message toward Bill Cosby.
“According to the karma of past actions, one’s destiny unfolds, even though everyone wants to be so lucky… Nothing stays in the dark 4ever!”
But now reps for Lisa Bonet said the tweet actually came from a fake, unverified account.
Other Cosby Show members have taken the same tack as Lisa Bonet. In response to questions of whether she was aware of Cosby’s alleged misconduct, actress Raven Symone slammed the accusations and noted that she was just a young child at the time
“I was NOT [taken] advantage of by Mr. Cosby when I was on the Cosby Show! I was practically a baby on that show and this is truly a disgusting rumor that I want no part of!” the 28-year-old wrote Wednesday on Instagram. “Everyone on that show treated me with nothing but kindness. Now keep me out of this!”
Malcolm Jamal Warner, who played Cosby’s son Theo Huxtable on the popular show, has also remained silent on the allegations, as have other co-stars.
The issue could have a large financial impact on the co-stars. After both Netflix and NBC canceled planned projects with Bill Cosby, the future of syndication of The Cosby Show is in doubt as well. If other networks follow suit in taking it off the air, it will mean an end to residual payments to Lisa Bonet and other actors on the show.