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How the 'Huxtables' reacted to Cosby's sexual assault allegations

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WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - As Bill Cosby continues to face allegations of sexual assault, many of his fellow cast members have spoken out about the man who they once revered.

Here is how they’ve reacted since the story first re-surfaced in the headlines in 2015.

Phylicia Rashad

In 2015, Cosby’s television wife came out in a television interview with ABC News to call Cosby’s sexual assault allegations charges, “the destruction of a legacy.”

She also said that she never saw the comedian exhibit suspicious behavior during the taping of the television show. Rashad was also not surprised that Cosby chose not to speak out about the case at the time because of her belief that the media could manipulate what he says.

“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. This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?"

Rashad was expected to appear in court for the first day of Cosby’s trial but did not appear. The New York Daily News reports the actress was rehearsing a theater presentation expected to open in Central Park.

Lisa Bonet

Bonet played Cosby’s oldest daughter before switching to a spinoff known as “A Different World.” While Bonet herself has not spoken out, her daughter Zoe Kravitz told The Guardian that her mother is “disgusted” by the allegations.

“She hasn’t, she really hasn’t [talked], She’d plead the fifth, even to me. I think she’s just staying out of it. She’s just as disgusted and concerned as everyone else is, but I don’t think she has any insight. It’s news to her as well.”

“She’s a very straightforward person. If there was something she felt the world needed to know that would help this case or help any women who had been abused, she would say something.”

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Cosby’s youngest daughter who played Ruby on “The Cosby Show” stood side by side with the comedian as he walked into court for his first day of trial. Knight Pulliam said, “I want to be the person that I would like to have if the tables were turned. It’s the jury’s job to determine guilt or innocence. It’s not mine or anyone else’s.” She continued by saying, “I came to support [Cosby] because this is where you hear the facts. This is where the truth happens.”

Even though she never stated whether she believed he was guilty or not, she did say, “Ultimately, it’s easy to support someone and to be in their corner when things are great. When things are good. But…true family, friendship, integrity is how people show up and support when things aren’t looking so great, when they aren’t shining.”

Awkwardly, according to TMZ, Knight Pulliam may have violated a child custody agreement as a result of escorting the superstar comedian.

Raven-Symone

The child actress who played Cosby’s granddaughter Olivia weighed in on the scandal in an interview with PEOPLE Magazine in 2015. She says she was never taken advantage of by Cosby while starring in the show and that she is waiting to see what happens.

“As a co-worker and someone who admires people’s work … I choose my words [carefully],” she says. “[But] I’m sure it hasn’t even scratched the surface. So, we will see what happens.”

Joseph C. Phillips

Phillips played Cosby’s son-in-law on the show and was married to Bonet, who plays Cosby’s daughter Denise. In a blog post on his website, Phillips says that while he loves Bill Cosby and looked up to him as a kid he knows for sure that Cosby is guilty. He also said it was well-known on set that Cosby was “sleeping around” but never saw him engage in inappropriate behavior while he was there.

In his piece, he brought up a conversation he had with a friend who called Cosby her mentor.

“Hey, do you mind if I ask you something?”
She looked at me and then asked, “Is it going to make me cry?”
I was a bit taken aback. “Well,” I stammered. “I hope it doesn’t make you cry.”
She smiled. “Go ahead and ask your question.”
“Back in the day,” I started. “I remember that you knew Bill – that he was like your mentor or something. Did he ever…”
Before I finished the sentence, she began to cry.
We spent the next two hours sitting on a bench talking. Through tears, she told me her story. She cursed him for violating both her trust and her body. She cursed herself for not being smarter, and for degrading herself in pursuit of success. I listened patiently. As she began to run out of steam, she turned to me. “Do you believe me?”
“Yes.” I said. “I believe you.”
“Why?” she asked.
“Because I don’t believe that you are crazy and only a crazy person would sit with me all this time and share a fantasy.”

Phillips asked Cosby to “go live a quiet country life” and to get away from the limelight.

Malcolm Jamal-Warner

Jamal-Warner weighed in on Cosby’s scandal as a guest on daytime talk show “The Real” last March.

The actor, who played Cosby’s only son Theo Huxtable, talked about how the removal of “The Cosby Show” reruns from TV Land was affecting his income. Reruns have since returned to television on Bounce TV.

"I feel several different ways. One, because the show was taken off the air; it's literally taking money out of my pocket. So I got my own personal feelings about that, because it personally affects me. But even outside of that you just look at how the media is playing this whole thing out.
And I can't help but think about Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Stephen Collins who it's very clear, you know, the crimes they've committed but there’s no one that’s been calling for Woody’s movies to be pulled off the air. Roman Polanski is still celebrated. Stephen Collins’ show still comes on.
So it’s just interesting how it’s very unbalanced. I mean they’re trying to take Mr. Cosby’s star off the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I am in no position to defend him because I can’t but nor will I throw him under the bus."

Two of Cosby’s oldest daughters on the show, Tempestt Bledsoe who played Vanessa and Sabrina Le Beauf who played Sondra, have chosen to stay silent throughout Cosby’s ordeal.

As of the date of publishing, a jury is deliberating Cosby’s fate in a trial. If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison. His current case involves the alleged sexual assault of former Temple basketball player Andrea Constand.

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