Phylicia Rashad is clarifying the comments she made to Showbiz 411 on Jan 6 regarding the numerous sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, in which she said, “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. Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV. And it’s worked. All his contracts have been cancelled.”
In an interview on World News Tonight with David Muir, Rashad spoke to ABC News’ Linsey Davis on camera about her defense of Cosby.
“That was a misquote. That is not what I said. What I said is, ‘this is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy.'” Rashad said. “I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”
Rashad’s initial comments came under fire by attorney Gloria Allred, who is defending three more women accusing Cosby of sexual assault: Linda Kirkpatrick, Lynn Neal, and a woman going by the name Kacey.
“Phylicia, I vow to you that I will not forget these women, because women matter. They deserve respect and dignity. Phylicia, you should be supporting these women rather than joining Cosby’s paid ‘attack dogs’ who are trying to undermine them in any way they can,” Allred said, in a press conference introducing the three women.