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Phylicia Rashad’s Defense Of Bill Cosby: I Was ‘Misquoted’

Thu, January 8, 2015 4:08pm EDT by 2 Comments
Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby
Courtesy of ABC

‘The Cosby Show’s Phylicia Rashad is firing back at claims that she blasted Bill Cosby’s alleged assault victims. She still stands by Bill, but claims the report about her statements regarding the scandal were misquoted.

After setting off a firestorm with her support of her once-beloved TV husband, 77-year-old Bill CosbyPhylicia Rashad, 66, is now stepping up to clarify what she meant in her explosive statements blasting her forer The Cosby Show co-star’s accusers. The actress says she was completely misquoted in the Jan. 6 report that ran her controversial statement.

Phylicia Rashad: ‘Misquoted’ On Bill Cosby Support Statement

Phylicia sat down for her first televised interview on Bill’s scandal to clarify her shocking comments on the comedian’s alleged victims.

Phylicia insists that she never said “forget those women,” and would never speak of another woman in such a manner.

“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,'” she told Nightline. “I am a woman. I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”

Phylicia says that while she still stands by her The Cosby Show co-star, she did not mean to seem dismissive of the women or their claims. She says she just has no knowledge of the incidents in question one way or the next.

“I had never heard that before. I can’t even speak to those things, and don’t want to,” she said.

Phylicia Rashad’s ‘Misquote’ – Interviewer Speaks Out

Roger Friedman, the writer of the Showbiz 411 article that pulled Phylicia into the fray, insists that he quoted her correctly. However, her words taken out of context once they hit the page. He wrote a clarification on his post on Jan. 7 after the controversy erupted:

“There was NEVER the meaning in ‘Forget those women’ that she was saying to actually forget or dismiss them. She meant, ‘those women aside’ -– as in, she’s not talking about that, she’s talking about Cosby’s legacy being destroyed. It was conversational. Somehow this got twisted.”

Roger has since deleted the quote in question due to the misinterpretation it caused. Watch the interview in full here:

HollywoodLifers, what do you think? Was Phylicia truly misunderstood, or is she just trying to clean up her mess?

— Rivea Ruff