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Phylicia Rashad Claims Her 'Forget These Women' Comment Was A Misquote & Continues To Defend Bill Cosby While THREE More Women Come Forward With Accusations

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With all the backlash Phylicia Rashad received due to her comments on the current Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations, the actress is trying to set the record straight.

In an attempt to ease the situation, the Cosby Show star went on Nightline and World News Tonight with David Muir to talk about her controversial thoughts on the scandal.

[ Related: Phylicia Believes The Sexual Assault Accusations Were 'Orchestrated' To Ruin Bill's Career ]

The 66-year-old claims her "forget these women" comment was a misquote. On ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir she revealed:

"That was a misquote. 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 legacy.'"

Well, if that's the case, then it was a HUGE misquote from the reporter who interviewed her.

On top of that explanation, Phylicia also appeared on Nightline to insist she never saw anything inappropriate during the time she worked with her on-screen husband.

[ Related: Wendy Williams Reveals Bill Almost Ruined Her Career ]

She also took this time to talk about how she felt when she first heard the news. She said:

"My initial reaction to the allegations was, 'Hmm. Someone has a vested interest in preventing Mr. Cosby's return to network television.' I did talk to him towards the beginning of all of this and his comment then was that the Internet has given some anonymous people a very loud voice."

The actress went on defending Bill, saying:

"What I saw was fun. Never anything inappropriate. What I saw was work. Mrs. Cosby was a frequent visitor to the studio, that's what I saw.

I haven't spoken to him recently, but speaking to the character of the man I know this has not been easy at all. I don't have all the answers, but I think in the hearts and minds of many people, he is held in high regard. And absolutely I do, yes I do."

While Phylicia was doing damage control on her comments, attorney Gloria Allred came forward with THREE more women who are claiming Mr. Cosby sexually assaulted them.

Although their statutes of limitations have run out, it didn't stop Linda Kirkpatrick, Lynn Neal, and a woman who goes by the name of Kacey, from coming forward with their own stories.

To read all the women's individual accusations, go HERE.

Watch Phylicia's interview with Nightline and World News Tonight with David Muir (below)!


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3 comments to “Phylicia Rashad Claims Her 'Forget These Women' Comment Was A Misquote & Continues To Defend Bill Cosby While THREE More Women Come Forward With Accusations”

  1. Esin Emko says – reply to this


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    Cosby is a total piece of shi……

  2. syd3 says – reply to this


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    I would recommend that people go to the Web and research this topic. It won't be difficult to find information (e.g., 18 Dec. 2006 issue of People mag). Fourteen women came forward at that time; only one of them fell within the statue of limitations and was ready to press criminal charges. Crosby refused (per usual) to speak directly to the charges … but rather spoke through his lawyer and a settlement. Rashad might not have seen anything … but I will bet that she heard plenty … and read the lengthy 2006 People article. Amazingly, Crosby himself has NEVER responded publicaly to the accusations. Why don't the women and Crosby take lie detector tests? These tests are 90% accurate according to proponents and 70% accurate according to detractors. Rashad and Crosby family members should be asked a different type question: "Were you EVER aware of any accusations made against Bill Crosby during the time you have known him?"

  3. MissCane says – reply to this


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    Re: Esin Emko – Pretty much.