Phylicia Rashad says she was 'misquoted' in interview defending Cosby

Bill Cosby's on-screen wife Phylicia Rashad stood by her co-star this week, being quoted as purportedly saying "forget these women" when asked about the allegations against Cosby. Now, she's saying that she was misquoted.

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"That is not what I said," Rashad told ABC News exclusively. "What I said is, 'This is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy.'"

Three new accusers (Linda Kirkpatrick, Lynn Neal and Kacey, who did not give her real name) came forward at a press conference Wednesday where attorney Gloria Allred scolded Rashad, saying, "Phylicia, you should be supporting these women."

Rashad responded to those who might think she was dismissive of the accusers, saying, "I am a woman. I would never say such a thing."

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    Rashad did not want to speak on the allegations that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted women, but according to the 66-year-old actress, the claims seem contradictory to the character of the man she got to know for 12 years on The Cosby Show.

    "He's a genius. He is generous. He is kind. He's inclusive," Rashad said. "What has happened is declaration in the media of guilt without proof."

    UPDATE: Rashad's original interviewer, Showbiz411's Roger Friedman, gave this explanation for the alleged misquote:

    Folks, I have been out of pocket all day on a personal matter. Let me clear something. I did not misquote Phylicia Rashad. But she didn’t mean for it to be taken the way it was, and I should have punctuated. There was NEVER the meaning in ‘Forget those women’ that she was saying to actually forget or dismiss then. She meant, ‘those women aside’– as in, she’s not talking about that, she’s talking about Cosby’s legacy being destroyed. It was conversational. Somehow this got twisted. I am really sorry if the way I presented it made it seem like either one of us was forgetting anyone.