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Phylicia Rashad Misquote? Actress Refutes 'Forget These Women' Comment

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By    |   Thursday, 08 Jan 2015 02:40 PM

Phylicia Rashad, who played Bill Cosby's TV wife on "The Cosby Show," claims she was misquoted by an entertainment reporter in a recent interview on the sexual assault allegations against her former co-star.

Rashad was quoted Tuesday by Showbiz411's Roger Friedman as saying "forget those women," apparently in reference to more than 30 women who have accused Cosby of sexually assaulted them. That phrase has since been removed from the article, but not before it brought the wrath of the Internet down on Rashad.

"That is a misquote. That is not what I said," Rashad told ABC News Thursday. "What I said is this is not about the women, this is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy."

Friedman clarified Rashad's comments on the Showbiz website Wednesday, saying that while he didn’t misquote the actress, he was careless with the punctuation.

"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," Friedman wrote. "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."

In the ABC interview, Rashad said it was ridiculous to think she would be so dismissive of the women alleging Cosby sexually assaulted them.

"I am a woman. I would never say such a thing," she told ABC. She also reiterated her beliefs, first stated to Friedman, that the attack on Cosby has been orchestrated.

Rashad's original remarks created an Internet firestorm:



On Wednesday, three more women spoke out to say they were assaulted by Cosby. Fox News reported that attorney Gloria Allred addressed Rashad directly at the press conference announcing the new allegations by saying, "Phylicia, you should be supporting these women."

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