Bill Cosby’s TV wife makes callous remark about rape victims

Bill Cosby’s TV wife, Phylicia Rashad, ruffled feathers earlier this week with a callous remark about the women who have come forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault. “Forget those women,” she told Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman. SEE ALSO: Cuban-American actress, Louisa Moritz claims Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her To forget “those women” would be to forget around 30 victims who have come forward to share their disturbing stories about Cosby. “What you are seeing is the destruction of a legacy,” she said. “And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture,” Rashad added. Rashad even went as far to say that the dozens of allegations of sexual assault against Cosby are “orchestrated.” Rashad, who played Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has faced wrath from the public since giving the interview. Lawyer Gloria Allred said, “Phylicia, you should be supporting these women.” Allred added, “Predators have no right to prey upon women, to drug them, to hurt them and to target them, humiliate them and force them to endure physical and emotional pain.” On Wednesday, Rashad tried to clarify the meaning of her dismissive remark. She told Linsey Davis of ABC, “That is a misquote, and 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 a legacy.” Friedman, whose professional integrity was on the line after Rashad claimed that she was misquoted, released a state late Wednesday night. “Let me clear something,” Friedman wrote. “I did not misquote Phylicia Rashad. But she didn’t mean for it to be taken the way it was, and I should have punctuated.” Friedman went on to clarify that Rashad’s meaning of “Forget those women” actually meant, “those women aside.” He noted that her words came across differently on the page, and that she did not actually mean to dismiss the women or their allegations. “What Phylicia was doing was defending her friend and his legacy,” Friedman added. “That’s what she said, that’s what I wrote, I’m sorry if it caused her grief.” Rashad’s interview with ABC came after three more women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault. One of the new accusers was an assistant to Cosby’s late agent, Tom Illius, according to The Washington Post. The woman, identified as “Kacey,” claimed that Cosby drugged her and assaulted her. Her story is consistent with the stories of other victims, most of whom report being drugged by Cosby in various ways. SEE ALSO:  Janice Dickinson accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault Cosby, who is still on the road performing, was forced to cancel shows in Arizona and Las Vegas due to backlash from the venues. He still has two shows scheduled in London and Hamilton, where he is sure to be met with protesters. At Cosby’s recent show in Kitchener, Ontario, protesters stood outside the venue with signs reading, “Rape is no joke,” and “27 victims are not lying.” The protestors chanted “shame on you” as people walked into the theatre to see Cosby perform.The post Bill Cosby’s TV wife makes callous remark about rape victims appeared first on Voxxi.
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Bill Cosby’s TV wife, Phylicia Rashad, ruffled feathers earlier this week with a callous remark about the women who have come forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault.

“Forget those women,” she told Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman.

SEE ALSO: Cuban-American actress, Louisa Moritz claims Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her

To forget “those women” would be to forget around 30 victims who have come forward to share their disturbing stories about Cosby.

“What you are seeing is the destruction of a legacy,” she said. “And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture,” Rashad added.

Rashad even went as far to say that the dozens of allegations of sexual assault against Cosby are “orchestrated.”

Rashad, who played Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has faced wrath from the public since giving the interview.

Lawyer Gloria Allred said, “Phylicia, you should be supporting these women.”

Allred added, “Predators have no right to prey upon women, to drug them, to hurt them and to target them, humiliate them and force them to endure physical and emotional pain.”

On Wednesday, Rashad tried to clarify the meaning of her dismissive remark. She told Linsey Davis of ABC, “That is a misquote, and 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 a legacy.”

Friedman, whose professional integrity was on the line after Rashad claimed that she was misquoted, released a state late Wednesday night.

“Let me clear something,” Friedman wrote. “I did not misquote Phylicia Rashad. But she didn’t mean for it to be taken the way it was, and I should have punctuated.”

Friedman went on to clarify that Rashad’s meaning of “Forget those women” actually meant, “those women aside.” He noted that her words came across differently on the page, and that she did not actually mean to dismiss the women or their allegations.

“What Phylicia was doing was defending her friend and his legacy,” Friedman added. “That’s what she said, that’s what I wrote, I’m sorry if it caused her grief.”

Rashad’s interview with ABC came after three more women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault.

One of the new accusers was an assistant to Cosby’s late agent, Tom Illius, according to The Washington Post.

The woman, identified as “Kacey,” claimed that Cosby drugged her and assaulted her. Her story is consistent with the stories of other victims, most of whom report being drugged by Cosby in various ways.

SEE ALSO:  Janice Dickinson accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault

Cosby, who is still on the road performing, was forced to cancel shows in Arizona and Las Vegas due to backlash from the venues. He still has two shows scheduled in London and Hamilton, where he is sure to be met with protesters.

At Cosby’s recent show in Kitchener, Ontario, protesters stood outside the venue with signs reading, “Rape is no joke,” and “27 victims are not lying.” The protestors chanted “shame on you” as people walked into the theatre to see Cosby perform.

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