Bill Cosby's on-screen wife Phylicia Rashad is standing by her co-star.
Starring as his wife for 12 years onThe Cosby Show, Rashad refutes the multiple sexual abuse claims against her co-star. "Forget these women," she tells Showbiz 411. "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."
Attempting to explain the numerous accusations, the 66-year-old actress adds, "Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV. And it's worked. All his contracts have been cancelled.”
Back in November, TV Land made the decision to pull re-runs of The Cosby Show, while other channels still continue to air the sitcom. "This show represented America to the outside world," Rashad says. "This was the American family. And now you're seeing it being destroyed. Why?"
Director Judd Apatow -- who's been adamant about venues canceling Cosby appearances in light of recent allegations -- took to Twitter to slam Rashad's support for her co-star, writing: "Phylicia- how many women need to be raped before you realize he destroyed his own legacy? 40? 50? For me it's one."