Bill Cosby’s TV wife Phylicia Rashad breaks her silence in ongoing sex scandal.
"The Cosby Show" costar, Phylicia said, “Forget these women … what you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy.”
Asked specifically about the highest-profile of Cosby’s accusers — one-time models Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson – Rashad dismissively said, “Oh, please!”
Phylicia, speaking with Showbiz 411, made it clear she thinks the emergence of more than 20 women accusing the comedy icon of crimes ranging from drugging them to sexual assault is the result of a conspiracy.
“I think it’s orchestrated,” the 66-year-old actress said. “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.”
Rashad, who stressed that she loves her longtime co-star, initially refused to speak with the outlet on the topic, saying she didn’t want to “become part of the public debate.”
“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV, and it’s worked — all his contracts have been canceled,” she said, in reference to a nixed NBC show, multiple canceled comedy shows, and TV Land’s decision to cease showing reruns of 1980s comedy The Cosby Show.
Cosby’s lawyer has vehemently denied the claims and authorities have not charged the 77-year-old comic with any crimes in the wake of the scandal.