Bill Cosby's TV Wife, Phylicia Rashad, Says 'Forget These Women’ Accusing Him Of Rape

'Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,' the veteran actress says.

The actors who starred on "The Cosby Show" alongside Bill Cosby had largely kept silent about the numerous allegations of sexual assault and rape that have been made against him in recent months, but that's changing this week. Just days after Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Cosby's TV daughter, Rudy, addressed the allegations, Phylicia Rashad, who played his wife on the show, commented for the first time.

“Forget these women,” she said to Showbiz411, addressing the slew of allegations against Cosby, during a lunch for the new movie "Selma." “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.”

The actress, who co-starred with him for over a decade, had a specific response to the claims made by model Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson. “Oh, please,” she said, according to the report.

Like others who have questioned the veracity and motives of the allegations, Rashad implied that there was something larger at play.

“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV," she said. "And it’s worked. All his contracts have been cancelled.”

“This show represented America to the outside world," she added. "This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”

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