If there's anyone who knows Bill Cosby better than his actual wife, it's his on-screen partner of eight years…
And she doesn't think any of the sexual assault claims are true!
Phylicia Rashad is actually defending her former co-star, going as far as to say someone is determined to keep Bill off TV forever!
The comedian has been accused of sexual assault by over two dozen women and the actress is dismissing all of their claims.
[ Related: Another Woman Accuses Bill Of Sexual Assault! ]
She said of the ladies who've come out so far:
"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."
That's a pretty big claim — to say this whole scandal is being orchestrated!
The 66-year-old actress went on to say:
"Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV. And it's worked. All his contracts have been canceled."
However, what she's saying IS pretty coincidental!
Bill was planning on making a big return to TV by starring on a sitcom on NBC. This information was revealed at the beginning of last year and it hasn't really gone anywhere since then!
What do YOU think? Is this whole thing orchestrated to keep Bill off TV or is the timing of the situation just coincidental?
Sound off in the comments (below)!
Following Phylicia's upsetting "forget those women" comment, two of the ladies who have come out and accused Bill of sexually assaulting are naturally upset.
Sarita Butterfield, a former Playboy Bunny and one of the women who claims the actor touched her, said:
"What if something like this happened to her daughter? Shame on her and shame on Bill."
While another accuser, Angela Leslie, said:
"I looked at her as a woman with morals, and it's sad that she's speaking like this."
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on the matter, but Phylicia's dismissive comment about the women in question was bound to receive backlash.
The actress' conspiracy theory was dismissed by Angela. She points out that all the accusers are strangers to each other and come from all over the country.
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