Speed Reads

Yikes

Phylicia Rashad thinks the Bill Cosby accusations are a conspiracy

Phylicia Rashad firmly defended her former TV husband Bill Cosby in the face of mounting rape, assault and drugging accusations.

"Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” The Cosby Show star told Showbiz 411. "And it's worked. All his contracts have been canceled."

In a news conference Wednesday, three more women said they had unwanted encounters with Cosby in the '80s and '90s. In all, more than 20 women have accused the comedian of assault.

"Forget these women," Rashad said. "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."