Reversing course. Phylicia Rashad apologized after her viral tweet about Bill Cosby induced controversy.
The Cosby Show actress, 73, shortly reacted to the information of Cosby’s launch after almost three years in jail. “FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted — a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” she shared by way of Twitter on Wednesday, June 30.
Now, the incoming dean of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts is apologizing to college students and fogeys. “This week, I tweeted a statement that caused so much hurt in so many people — both broadly and inside the Howard community. I offer my most sincere apology. I have since removed that upsetting tweet,” Rashad wrote in a letter, in response to the Huffington Post. “I am sorry. I intend to earn your trust and forgiveness.”
She continued, “My remarks were in no way directed towards survivors of sexual assault. I vehemently oppose sexual violence, find no excuse for such behavior, and I know that Howard University has a zero-tolerance policy toward interpersonal violence.”
Cosby, 83, was launched from jail after his three to 10-year sentence was overturned. Us Weekly confirmed on Wednesday, June 30, that the Pennsylvania excessive court docket discovered an settlement with a earlier prosecutor that prevented him from being charged in Andrea Constand‘s case. Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor decided in 2005 that Cosby could not be prosecuted due to a perceived lack of credibility on Constand’s half, partially as a result of she didn’t file a criticism in opposition to him instantly. Cosby was launched hours later.
“I have never changed my stance nor my story,” the comedian tweeted after his launch. “I have always maintained my innocence. Thank you to all my fans, supporters and friends who stood by me through this ordeal. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for upholding the rule of law.”
Nearly 60 girls accused Cosby of sexual harassment and/or assault. Cosby denies there have been any nonconsensual interactions.
Rashad has beforehand supported her former costar. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated,” Rashad instructed Showbiz 411 in 2015. “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. … Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV.”
The This Is Us star added that she’ll make an effort to study extra about sexual abuse and misconduct.
“Over the next few weeks, I plan to engage in active listening and participate in trainings to not only reinforce University protocol and conduct, but also to learn how I can become a stronger ally to sexual assault survivors and everyone who has suffered at the hands of an abuser,” she added in her letter. “Thank you for voicing your concerns, for speaking your truth and for holding leaders accountable for our actions and words.”
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