Friends and co-stars continue to support — or at least withhold judgement on — embattled actor Bill Cosby, even as he faces allegations of drugging and raping more than 25 women.
“If somebody made accusations about you that I knew there was no way in the world [were true] because I really know you…that you could have done those things… I am not going there with them,” says actress Suzzanne Douglas, who appeared twice in THE COSBY SHOW in 1990.
“I wasn’t in the room [with the accusers]. I never had Mr. Cosby roll up on me that way. He had the utmost respect for me. I was on the show twice. It was just in a creative, positive environment. I can’t imagine what he must be going through.
Like some, Douglas believes the timing of the allegations is suspicious.
“Why now?” she asks. “That is my question. Why now? What happened that these women need to speak right now. And especially those young girls. Where were there mamas? I am a mother and I believe it is my responsibility to know what it is that she is doing and who she is socializing with.
Douglas is not alone. On Tuesday, FOX 411 published an interview with Cosby’s former TV wife, Phylicia Rashad — who also defended her friend.
“Forget these women,” Rashad said of the accusers which include Carla Ferrigno, former model Janice Dickinson and LAW AND ORDER: SVU actress Michelle Hurd. “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.”
And on Monday, former co-star Keshia Knight Pulliam told Savannah Gutherie on TODAY: “All I can speak to is the man I know and I love the fact that he has been such an example [and] you can’t take away from the great that he has done, the millions and millions of dollars he has given back to colleges and education, and just what he did with THE COSBY SHOW and how groundbreaking that was.”
Presumably both Knight Pullman and Rashad have a vested financial interest in keeping the Cosby brand from going down the toilet.
But it is unclear what Douglas and others to publicly defend someone who seems to more evidence being presented against him every day.
Perhaps one day we will know for sure what really happened.
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