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After months of remaining quiet while the rape allegations against Bill Cosby dominated the headlines, Phylicia Rashad has finally broken her silence.

“Forget these women,” Rashad said. “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.”

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Shocking! She goes on to dismiss the claims of supermodels Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson, while praising Camille Cosby for her strength. Rashad believes that this is somehow a conspiracy to keep Bill Cosby off of primetime TV in an attempt to destroy “The Cosby Show” legacy. Rashad spoke with Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411 exclusively and revealed:

“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV and it’s worked. All his contracts have been cancelled. This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”

We were expecting Rashad to release a statement but we certainly didn’t expect her to urge us to “forget the women” who came out with sexual assault allegations against him, especially because there are so many. For her to dismiss the nearly 30 women who have come forward is a complete letdown. While we don’t know what happened between Cosby and those women, for Phylicia Rashad to adamantly claim Cosby’s innocence, we’re left questioning everything.

Does Rashad’s support of Cosby make you question every allegation brought up against him? Sound off in the comments below.


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