Phylicia Rashad receives backlash for supporting Bill Cosby from another TV star.
When Cosby’s criminal conviction was overturned and he was released from prison on Wednesday, Rashad took to Twitter to celebrate the freedom of his former “Cosby Show” co-star.
It didn’t take long for her to arouse public anger among supporters of Cosby’s accusers and now “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Janet Hubert has called the television icon.
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“Phylicia what are you thinking !!! I don’t know you but to say that was terribly wrong. EVERYBODY knew what he was doing at the time,” she wrote. “How could you NOT! Take your umbrella sister here comes the crappy shower. I’m outraged he was released. Yes, he’s a guilty old man!”
“I would have said he’s old, he’s out and I’m happy for him, but he’s still … guilty. I know 5 women who haven’t come forward,” the actress said. added. “Enough, we’ll know better. Powerful men do bad things, black or white …”
Representatives for Rashad did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Cosby had served more than two years of a three- to 10-year sentence in a state prison near Philadelphia when his conviction was overturned Wednesday over a technicality.
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After the court’s decision was announced, Rashad celebrated on Twitter, claiming that “a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”
“FINALLY !!!! A terrible wrong is being fixed…” Rashad wrote to accompany a photo of his former co-star.
A few hours later, she came back to the Tweet and shared an additional post.
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“I fully support survivors of sexual assault who come forward,” she wrote online. “My post was by no means intended to be oblivious to their truth. Personally, I know from my friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My sincere wish is to be cured.”
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Cosby, now 83, and Rashad, now 73, played husband and wife roles on “The Cosby Show” from 1984 to 1992.
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