Phylicia Rashad, who played Bill Cosby's wife on “The Cosby Show,” spoke out on the spate of sexual assault allegations against the comedian that have surfaced in recent months, stating that they are part of a conspiracy to ruin the 77-year-old’s career. Rashad addressed the allegations for the first time during an interview with Showbiz 411, a celebrity news site.
Rashad reportedly said that the allegations were "orchestrated" and that someone is trying to "keep Bill Cosby off TV.” However, the actress, who played Clair Huxtable on the popular sitcom, later said that she was misquoted by the website, which reported that the actress said “forget these women,” while addressing the allegations made by several women against Cosby.
"That is not what I said," Rashad said, according to The Huffington Post. "What I said is, 'This is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of a legacy'," adding: "I am a woman. I am a woman. I would never say such a thing."
Rashad reportedly told Showbiz 411: “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." She later added that the plot to destroy Cosby's career has worked, as "all his contracts have been cancelled."
Cosby has claimed innocence since the allegations came to light, but it has had a noticeable impact on his career as several of his shows and appearances have been cancelled in recent months.
On Wednesday night, Cosby made his first appearance -- at the Centre In The Square theater in Kitchener, Ontario -- since the sexual assault allegations against him resurfaced in November. At the venue, protesters reportedly shouted “shame on you” at ticket holders, while some carried signs reading “rape is no joke.”
Protests are also expected outside his second performance in Ontario on Thursday, The Associated Press reported. However, Cosby reportedly said that he had a "wonderful time" at the event and also got a standing ovation from his Canadian fans at the first show.
More than 15 women have come forward alleging that they were either sexually assaulted or raped by Cosby. On Wednesday, three more women alleged that Cosby had sexually assaulted them.
Meanwhile, the lawyer of one of Cosby's accusers, Chloe Goins, reportedly said that he wanted Los Angeles police to search the Playboy Mansion for surveillance videotapes that could prove his client's accusations.
“The information about the cameras is general knowledge from other Playboy playmates. We hope that the LAPD would execute a search warrant to obtain those tapes," attorney Spencer Kuvin told FOX411. "I would hope that those tapes exist, and I hope they would know that those tapes should be maintained because they are key evidence in both a criminal and civil investigation."
Kuvin added that Goins plans to file a formal police complaint against Cosby by next week.
“Chloe is very aware of her responsibility because so many other women are outside of the statute of limitation," Kuvin reportedly said. "She is seeking justice under the criminal justice system.”