Claire Huxtable herself spoke out about the multiple rape accusations against Bill Cosby at a luncheon for the movie Selma yesterday. Phylicia Rashad told Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411 that the claims against Cosby must be "orchestrated" somehow and that everyone should "forget these women."

Per Showbiz 411:

...[Rashad] did say to me "I love him" about Bill Cosby. She stands defiantly behind him. She told me that in the years she's known him, she has never seen the behavior alleged by the women who say they were drugged and raped, or sexually harassed.

"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."

Going further, Rashad scoffed at drugging and rape accusations against Cosby made by supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, saying "Oh please," when asked about them.

Rashad closed the interview by alluding to some kind of conspiracy again. "Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV," she said. "And it's worked. All his contracts have been cancelled. ...This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you're seeing it being destroyed. Why?"

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