Phylicia Rashad on Cosby Scandal: 'Forget These Women'

By Julissa Catalan


Bill Cosby‘s TV wife caused some controversy of her own this week when she was quoted as saying “Forget these women” while publicly defending him against an increasing number of allegations.

According to Showbiz411, that was Rashad’s response when questioned about the sexual-abuse accusations against Cosby in an interview with the website on Tuesday.

The very next day, the actress used her interview with ABC News as a platform to clear her name.

“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 said. “I am a woman. I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”

Watch her interview with ABC News in its entirety here:

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But that did not stop attorney Gloria Allred from taking a jab at Rashad while at a press conference introducing three more women she will be representing in lawsuits against Cosby.

“Phylicia, I vow to you that I will not forget these women, because women matter,” Allred said. “They deserve respect and dignity. Phylicia, you should be supporting these women rather than joining Cosby’s paid attack dogs who are trying to undermine them in any way they can.”

By Wednesday night, Showbiz411 Editor Roger Friedman posted the following statement, titled Clearing Up What Phylicia Rashad Said, Meant and How I Wrote It:

“Let me clear something. I did not misquote Phylicia Rashad. But she didn’t mean for it to be taken the way it was, and I should have punctuated. 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. I am really sorry if the way I presented it made it seem like either one of us was forgetting anyone.

“What Phylicia was doing was defending her friend and his legacy. That’s what she said, that’s what I wrote, I’m sorry if it caused her grief. And no one asked me to write this. I’m just saying it because I like and respect her.

“P.S. I am also taking out the ‘Forget those women’ because it was misunderstood, and not for any other reason.”

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