Most people there were shocked and quite angry to hear that Bill Cosby His prison sentence has been shortened and he has been released for good! However, there was one in particular who celebrated his release and that disgusted social media users who then called them out!
It was, of course, Phylicia Rashad, his former Cosby Show co-star, who took to her platform to respond to the news that Bill Cosby is now a free man.
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The actress called the release “a terrible mistake that is being rectified” and social media quickly dragged her for this hot take.
Her tweet reads: ‘FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is corrected – a miscarriage of justice is corrected!’
The actress played Bill’s on-screen wife, Clair Huxtable, from 1984 to 1992 and it seems she still believes in his innocence despite the high number of sexual assault allegations against him!
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Bill had previously been sentenced to time behind bars on three separate counts of drugging and sexual assault.
However, there were about 60 women who said they went through the same thing, so Cosby’s previously good reputation has since been lost as the actor is now considered a serial rapist by most.
But now that the court’s decision was quashed on a technicality and not because he was found innocent (an agreement with a previous prosecutor in his case), many social media users expressed frustration and shock.
That was even more true when they came across Phylicia’s support tweet!
Here are some of the responses it got:
“It will forever amaze (and infuriate) me how people will defend despicable people, because I think it’s easier than accepting that you’ve worked so closely with a predator for years. IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT. You can only address what you are aware of. But being a r**e apologist is your own fault.’
Others were not nearly as understanding and went on to tag Howard University, where Rashad had been appointed as dean not long ago, and demanded that she be removed.
“Imagine you’re a college student being sexually assaulted by someone who admitted to committing that criminal behavior and saw your college counselor tweet this…”
A third user similarly wrote that “Phylicia’s response is not surprising, but it is disappointing given her role as an academic in charge of the well-being of her students, some of whom will also be survivors.”
Addressing her previous tweet a few hours after the response, the actress said she had no intention of offending survivors of sexual assault, claiming she has great empathy for anyone who has ever experienced it.
However, she didn’t even mention Bill Cosby this time, apparently still in his innocence.