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Phylicia Rashad Says She Was Misquoted; Cosby Maintains Silence

Phylicia Rashad accepts the Tony award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for "A Raisin in the Sun" during the 58th Annual Tony Awards Sunday, June 6, 2004, at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Rashad made Tony Award history becoming the first black actress to win the prize for a leading dramatic role. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Phylicia Rashad accepts the Tony award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for “A Raisin in the Sun” during the 58th Annual Tony Awards Sunday, June 6, 2004, at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Rashad made Tony Award history becoming the first black actress to win the prize for a leading dramatic role. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

 

(CNN) – Phylicia Rashad says she was misquoted.

She says she wasn’t being dismissive of the women who’ve accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault when she came to the comedian’s defense in an online interview.

“I am a woman. I would never do that,” she said on ABC’s “World News Tonight With David Muir” on Wednesday.

‘Forget these women’

Rashad played Clair Huxtable, Bill Cosby’s TV wife, on the groundbreaking NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show.”

Cosby’s now been accused of harassing, drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women. And in an interview with Showbiz 411, Rashad said she never saw any indication of the behavior that the women have attributed to the legendary actor.

“Forget these women,” Rashad is quoted as telling the outlet. “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.”

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