Former "Cosby Show" star Phylicia Rashad
apologized to Howard University
students on Friday for celebrating Bill Cosby
's overturned sexual assault
conviction, but the disgraced comedian
's former co-star did not actually admit her
support for him.
Rashad, who was recently appointed dean of the fine
arts school at the historically Black
university, apologized and admitted that her tweet about Cosby "caused so much hurt in so many people
“My remarks were in no way directed towards survivors of sexual assault,” she continued, adding that she will attend training “to learn how I can become a stronger ally to survivors of sexual assault and everyone who has suffered at the hands of an abuser.”
Phylicia Rashad has apologized to Howard University students for her Bill Cosby tweet, saying she will "participate in trainings" to become a stronger ally to survivors pic.twitter.com/sF7fl7m8FW — philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 2, 2021
have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct
in recent years, and in 2018 he was sentenced to ten years in prison
for sexual assault in one of the few cases that hadn't expired under the statute of limitations. However, in a shocking turn of events on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
determined that Cosby had been wrongfully imprisoned because a previous district attorney
had promised to drop the charges.
The decision sparked widespread outrage and raised concerns about prosecutorial misconduct in the case, but Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable, wife
of Cosby's Cliff Huxtable on the popular, long-running sitcom, said she was overjoyed.
“FINALLY!!!!!” she exclaimed on Twitter, “a terrible wrong is being righted – a miscarriage
of justice is corrected!”
Howard University issued a statement chastising Rashad but provided little else.
“While Dean Rashad acknowledged in her follow-up tweet that victims must be heard and believed, her initial tweet lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault,” the school wrote, adding that “personal positions of University leadership do not reflect Howard University’s policies.”