Tom Werner produced The Cosby Show. Now the legendary producer is speaking out about the iconic comedian and defending what he sees as Cosby’s legacy, despite assault and rape allegations. Tom focused on Cosby’s show messages and meaning rather than the sexual assault claims of 46 women, reported MSN.
Although Werner declined to address the specific allegations, The Cosby Show legacy is what is important, said Tom.
“I don’t really want to comment on it,” said Werner of the Cosby allegations. “The legacy of the show is obviously very important to me, because the show was a groundbreaking show and it portrayed a middle-class African American family in a very positive way.”
Werner did admit that Cosby faced challenges for his future while focusing on the messages that resonated with so many from the show’s episodes.
“[The Cosby Show] had a lot of stories that resonated with families because people watched it together. Obviously it’s a challenging time for Bill Cosby and a challenging time for the show, but I’m hoping that people will still be able to watch the show and identify with the Huxtables,” said Tom.
Werner was Cosby’s producer for two series, The Cosby Show and Cosby, with partner Marcy Carsey.
“The Bill we know was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television,” said Marcy and Tom in a joint release. “These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension.”
But despite Werner’s defense, Cosby has watched as scheduled repeats were removed from TV Land, BET Centric, and Bounce TV.
As the Inquisitr reported, Cosby recently faced new accusations from an actress and a writer, both of whom claim he sexually assaulted and drugged them. The claims are supported by a writer who also charged Cosby with drugging her and then sexually assaulting her.
Attorney Gloria Allred made the announcement for the women that she represents. Both Lili Bernard, an actress who guest-starred on the Cosby Show, and writer Sammie Mays, offer detailed accounts of being drugged and then sexually assaulted by the legendary comedian.
Sammie recalled getting acquainted with Cosby when they were both attending a New Orleans convention in the late 1980s. He gave her a drink, after which she lost consciousness. Her next memory is of discovering that she had some of her clothes removed.
Monique Pressley, who is Cosby’s attorney, contradicted all of the 46 women who charged Cosby with rape, sexual assault, and/or drugging. In the lawyer’s eyes, Cosby is not only innocent but the victim of a modern-day lynch mob and witch hunt, reported Yahoo.
“Through the decades, we have seen what we used to call lynch mobs, where people turned and pointed the finger at one person and accused that one person of doing something that they did not do, and they were filed into the court, one after another, to say, ‘He did it, he did it, she did it, she did it’ when it was not the case,” said Monique.
Pressley then portrayed Cosby as being pursued unfairly, denying the accusations with witch hunt comparisons.
“The only way for a woman to get the justice that she seeks — and that, if her allegation is true, that she deserves — is to come forward [immediately],” said Cosby’s lawyer. “And even if the reasons that the women did not do that are legitimate ones, what cannot happen — in my opinion, in the United States — is that 40 years later there is a persecution tantamount to a witch hunt where there was no prosecution timely and there was no civil suit timely.”
Moreover, said the attorney, she feels the testimony doesn’t show sufficient evidence.
“…there’s not any testimony or any accusation from any of these women that Mr. Cosby in any way bound them, gagged them, prevented them from coming forward and saying whatever their truth was at the time. That’s not what happened,” added Pressley.
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