Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby, Suggests There’s a Conspiracy
Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad played Claire Huxtable, the on-screen wife of Bill Cosby, for eight seasons and 202 episodes of The Cosby Show from the mid-80s to the early 90s. So she has a fair amount of experience working alongside the comedian, who’s come under fire over rape allegations levied by various women over the past few months, including model Janice Dickinson. But it’s her long-time friendship with Cosby that is prompting Rashad to come forward to defend her TV husband, since she claims the Cosby catching fire in the media doesn’t align with the Cosby she knows.
In an interview with Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Rashad states that not only does she love Cosby, but she never once saw anything that would suggest he’s the type of guy to drug and rape women. In fact, she goes as far as to suggest there’s an ongoing conspiracy against Cosby.
“Forget these women,” says Rashad. “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.”
She also claims this scandal is destroying the legacy of The Cosby Show, and the good it did for American perception abroad.
“This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”
It’s something Rashad struggles to rationalize, as she states that Cosby is, as he himself admits, in a bit of a rough spot with the media. “If he spoke now, what do you think the media would do with it?” Rashad asks.
Rashad remains unconvinced that there is any truth to the allegations against her friend. In response to the rape claims made by models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson, Rashad simply states, “Oh please.”
Moreover, Rashad doesn’t believe that Cosby’s wife, Camille, who would have ever looked the other way while Cosby raped other women.
“This is a tough woman, a smart woman. She’s no pushover.”
To this end, I think Rashad has a point. I just can’t imagine Camille Cosby, who’s blasted the media in the past, would turn a blind eye and let her husband get away with this if she had any suspicion there was truth to the rumors, but this doesn’t necessarily preclude her from simply not knowing for certain. It’s hard to know what a person is capable of, no matter how well we think we might know them. I don’t know, personally, what Cosby did or didn’t do, so all we really have to go on are the claims against him, and the responses from people who know him. It’s all such a strange situation, and I doubt it’ll be resolved any time soon.
What do you think? Is there a conspiracy against Bill Cosby? Or do the accusations against him have weight? Sound off in the comments!