Phylicia Rashad claims she was misquoted in her recent comments defending her former co-star Bill Cosby.
In an exclusive interview on World News Tonight with David Muir that will air Wednesday night, Rashad said remarks attributed to her in Roger Friedman's Showbiz 411 column Tuesday – in which she was quoted as saying "Forget these women" – are not accurate.
"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 legacy.'"
"I am a woman," Rashad continued. "I would never say such a thing."
Indeed, Friedman admitted Rashad's comments — while not misquoted — were taken out of context: "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 then. She meant, 'those women aside' – as in, she's not talking about that, she's talking about Cosby’s legacy being destroyed."
Rashad declined to comment about the growing number of rape accusations facing her former co-star. "I can't speak to those things and wouldn't want to," she said.
Earlier this week, three more women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault at a press conference organized by Gloria Allred. Before the women gave their statements, Allred took Rashad to task over her alleged comments.
"Phylicia, you should be supporting these women," the attorney said. "Phylicia, if anyone did to you or to your daughter, your sister or or your mother, what Cosby is alleged to have done to these women, I have no doubt that you would not be saying forget these women."
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