- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” broke her silence Tuesday to defend her TV husband amid an onslaught of rape allegations that have greatly affected his career.

The actress told Showbiz 411 during a luncheon screening of the film “Selma” that she thinks the accusations are part of a conspiracy aimed at destroying Mr. Cosby.

“Forget these women,” Ms. 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.”

“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV, and it’s worked,” she added. “All his contracts have been canceled.”

A sitcom Mr. Cosby was developing with NBC was halted and at least 10 scheduled performances were canceled after several women accused the 77-year-old comedian of drugging them, sexually assaulting them, or both. Some reports say as many as 28 women have come out against Mr. Cosby to date.

Mr. Cosby returns to the stage Wednesday night for the first time since the scandal broke in November. He is scheduled for three shows in Ontario, Canada, at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener on Wednesday; at the Budweiser Gardens in London on Thursday; and at the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton on Friday, The Associated Press reported.

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