Actress Phylicia Rashad has finally come forward with a statement of her own in reference to the allegations made against Bill Cosby.
In an interview with Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Rashad opened up about her feelings and definitely did not bite her tongue.
“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.”
More than 24 different women have come forward with accusations claiming that Cosby Show actor and comedian Bill Cosby tried to sexually assault and/or drug them.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, several of the names added to that list of accusers are former models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson as well as actress Barbara Bowman.
Friedman mentioned both Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson’s names specifically during his interview. Phylicia Rashad reportedly responded by simply saying, “Oh, please.”
Rashad also explained that someone clearly has an underlying objective for this “orchestration” and admits that it has apparently worked.
“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV, and it’s worked. All his contracts have been canceled.”
In addition to scheduled appearances on late night talk shows being cancelled, Bill Cosby’s highly-anticipated Netflix comedy special was also shelved shortly after the spark of allegations ignited late last year.
NBC also decided to pull the plug on their plans to provide Bill Cosby with his return to the world of sitcoms.
Through his team of lawyers, Bill Cosby has denied the sexual abuse allegations even though he has yet to make a public statement in reference to them.
Recently, two of the Bill Cosby’s accusers – Linda Joy Traitz and Therese Serignese – added their names to a defamation suit that has been filed against Bill Cosby.
According to the Washington Post, the lawsuit was initially filed by another one of Cosby’s accusers – Tamara Green. The suit claims that Bill Cosby defamed each of the women by calling them liars after they accused him of sexual assault.
Each of the women involved with this lawsuit is being represented Joseph Cammarata – the same lawyer that represented Paula Jones when she filed a lawsuit against former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
In a statement given to USA Today, Cammarata further explained the purpose of the defamation lawsuit.
“This suit allows these women to finally have their day in court against Mr. Cosby in a forum were truth can be tried. These women…deserve the opportunity to have their stories heard.”
Phylicia Rashad has apparently made her stand clear when it comes to how she feels about the accusations that have been made against her former costar and TV husband.
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