Phylicia Rashad says she was 'misquoted' in interview defending Cosby

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Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby: Forget Those Women


Bill Cosby's on-screen wife Phylicia Rashad stood by her co-star this week, being quoted as purportedly saying "forget these women" when asked about the allegations against Cosby. Now, she's saying that she was misquoted.

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"That is not what I said," Rashad told ABC News exclusively. "What I said is, 'This is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy.'"

Three new accusers (Linda Kirkpatrick, Lynn Neal and Kacey, who did not give her real name) came forward at a press conference Wednesday where attorney Gloria Allred scolded Rashad, saying, "Phylicia, you should be supporting these women."

Rashad responded to those who might think she was dismissive of the accusers, saying, "I am a woman. I would never say such a thing."

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Rashad did not want to speak on the allegations that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted women, but according to the 66-year-old actress, the claims seem contradictory to the character of the man she got to know for 12 years on The Cosby Show.

"He's a genius. He is generous. He is kind. He's inclusive," Rashad said. "What has happened is declaration in the media of guilt without proof."

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Phylicia Rashad says she was 'misquoted' in interview defending Cosby

Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer

Date of alleged assault: Early 1970's
Date of accusation: August 12, 2015

(Photo by MARK RALSTON via AFP/Getty Images)

Former actress Eden Tirl

Date of alleged assault: Early 1970's
Date of accusation: August 12, 2015

(Photo by MARK RALSTON via AFP/Getty Images)

Colleen Hughes

Date of alleged assault: Early 1970's
Date of accusation: August 12, 2015

(Photo by MARK RALSTON via AFP/Getty Images)

Lise-Lotte Lublin

Date of alleged assault: 1989
Date of accusation: February 12, 2015 

(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Linda Brown

Date of alleged assault: 1969
Date of accusation: February 12, 2015 i. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Katherine McKee

Date of alleged incident: 1970s
Date of accusation: Dec. 22, 2014

(NY Daily News)

"Lisa"

Date of alleged incident: 1988
Date of accusation: Dec. 19, 2014

(Dr.Phil)

Beverly Johnson

Date of alleged incident: mid-’80s
Date of accusation: Dec. 11, 2014

(Getty)

Helen Hayes

Date of Alleged Assault – 1973
Date of Accusation – Dec. 3, 2014

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Beth Ferrier

Date of Alleged Assault – 1984
Date of Accusation – June 23, 2005

(AP)

Chelan

Date of Alleged Assault – 1985
Date of Accusation – Dec. 3, 2014

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Judy Huth

Date of Alleged Assault – 1974
Date of Accusation – Dec. 2, 2014

(AP Photo/Anthony McCartney, File)

Jewel Allison

Date of Alleged Assault – late 1980s
Date of Accusation – Nov. 24, 2014

(Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

Linda Joy Traitz

Date of Alleged Assault – 1970s
Date of Accusation – Nov. 22, 2014

(Facebook)

Angela Leslie

Date of Alleged Assault – 1992
Date of Accusation– Nov. 21, 2014

(Facebook)

Victoria Valentino

Date of Alleged Assault – 1970
Date of Accusation – Nov. 21, 2014

(Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Louisa Moritz

Date of Alleged Assault – 1971
Date of Accusation – Nov. 20, 2014

(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

Michelle Hurd

Date of Alleged Assault – mid 1990s
Date of Accusation – Nov. 20, 2014

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Therese Serignese

Date of Alleged Assault – 1976
Date of Accusation – Nov. 20, 2014
(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Janice Dickinson

Date of Alleged Assault – 1982
Date of Accusation – Nov. 18, 2014

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Barbara Bowman

Date of Alleged Assault – 1986
Date of Accusation – Nov. 13, 2014

(Getty)

Marcella Tate

Date of Alleged Assault – 1975
Date of Accusation – 2015

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Joan Tarshis

Date of Alleged Assault – 1969
Date of Accusation – 2014

(Matt Moyer For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Margie Shapiro 

Date of Alleged Assault – Early 1970's
Date of Accusation – 2015

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Lynn Neal

Date of Alleged Assault – 1980's
Date of Accusation – 2015

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Sammie Mays

Date of Alleged Assault – Mid 1980's
Date of Accusation – 2015

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Linda Kirkpatrick

Date of Alleged Assault – 1981
Date of Accusation – 2015

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Janice Baker Kinney

Date of Alleged Assault – 1982
Date of Accusation – 2015

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Kacey

Date of Alleged Assault – Early 1990's
Date of Accusation – 2015

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Tamara Green

Date of Alleged Assault – 1970's
Date of Accusation – 2005

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Chloe Goins

Date of Alleged Assault – 2008
Date of Accusation – 2015

(AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Autumn Burns

Date of Alleged Assault – 1970
Date of Accusation – 2015

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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