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Phylicia Rashad backtracks on support for Bill Cosby after backlash

Phylicia Rashad backtracks on support for Bill Cosby after backlash
Phylicia Rashad (Photo credit: / lev radin)

Legendary actress Phylicia Rashad has clarified her position on her former TV show husband Bill Cosby after she took enormous heat for celebrating his release from prison.

Rashad was on the receiving end of tremendous backlash from the public when she posted this tweet in support of her former co-star on “The Cosby Show” on Wednesday, June 30, 2021:

Cosby, 83, was let out of the State Correctional Institution – Phoenix outside of Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated his conviction due to a technicality. Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor had agreed not to prosecute Cosby in 2005 in exchange for his testimony in which he admitted using Quaaludes to render women incapacitated and then assault them sexually.

Therefore, most people do not see Cosby’s release as being exonerated from a crime that he admitted to, and they were vociferous in articulating their disgust with Rashad’s tweet.

Rashad felt the ferocity of the public’s outcry and posted this message three hours after her first one on Wednesday:

Rashad’s contrition was woefully insufficient for many people. Some also pointed out Rashad’s support for Cosby in light of her recent appointment as dean of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts.

“The level of disgust I have right now is overwhelming,” one user tweeted, according to the New York Post‘s “Page Six” column.  “Right now there is a Howard Fine Arts student who has spent the entire summer trying to decide whether to file a complaint on their rapist when they return to campus and they see this from their new dean. #BillCosbyIsARapist”

There were plenty of Rashad backers, to be sure. Some mentioned that the public’s anger is misdirected at Rashad when it should be with the court system.

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