As rape allegations against Bill Cosby have continued to mount -- with as many as 20 women having now come forward -- his public defenders have increasingly been few and far between. But Jill Scott has made clear that she won't draw conclusions about about any of the alleged incidents without "proof."
Earlier this year, Scott received an honorary degree from Temple University, and was introduced by Cosby. And on Monday she engaged in a steady and passionate, back-and-forth defense of the 77-year-old comedian with a handful of Twitter users on. The media and society, she argued, were "attempting to destroy a magnificent legacy" built by an iconic comedian.
Once people saw the singer speaking on the issue, others began to weigh in too. Scott, meanwhile, seemed to be stressing two points: She wanted concrete proof; and she felt a man important to the black community was being unfairly attacked.
Shortly before she stopped interacting with others on the subject, Scott offered a piece of advice to rape victims that included "plz do NOT shower."
Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting as many as 20 women, including allegations of drugging that date as far back as the late 1960s. A number of Cosby's partners have moved away from their associations with the comedian, with Netflix pulling “Bill Cosby 77″ from a planned Thanksgiving release, TV Land dropping all scheduled repeats of “The Cosby Show” from air, and NBC halting work on a series he was set to star in.
The comedian most recently resigned from the Temple University Board of Trustees.
For one MTV staffer’s perspective on growing up with “The Cosby Show” in the wake of these allegations, go here.