Phylicia Rashad Apologizes to Howard Students for Bill Cosby Support Tweet

Update 07/03/2021 4:00pm:

Former actress Phylicia Rashad, who is now the dean of Howard University’s Fine Arts

College, recently faced backlash after she showed support for Bill Cosby and the

overturning of his conviction via Twitter. ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ actress called out

Rashad for her take, and Howard University even issued a statement. Now, Rashad has

reportedly issued an apology to the students of the University.

Rashad’s letter said, “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 also noted that she would

be participating in training to “become a stronger ally to sexual assault survivors.” Take

a look above.

source: TMZ

Original 07/01/2021 3:04pm:

Phylicia Rashad was outspoken in her support of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s

decision to overturn Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction. A known supporter of the

Cosby, Rashad applauded the court for righting “a terrible wrong.”

Following the backlash for offering her support, Rashad tweeted, “I fully support

survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be

insensitive to their truth. Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has

lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.”

However, many continued to criticize Rashad for supporting her former Cosby Show co-

star, including Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress Janet Hubert.

“Phylicia, what are you thinking!!!” Hubert tweeted. “I don’t know you but to say this

was terribly wrong. EVERYONE knew what he was doing back then. How could you

NOT! Get your umbrella sista here comes the s*** shower. I am outraged that he had

been released. Yes he is an old ass guilty man!”

Hubert posted a follow-up tweet claiming to know five women who were allegedly

assaulted by Cosby but did not come forward. She also responded to various users

questioning why no one outed Cosby earlier if his alleged crimes were well-known in

Hollywood circles.

Rashad, who is an alumna and new dean of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts,

also had her comments addressed by the university. The college released a statement

supporting survivors of sexual assault and distanced itself from Rashad’s remarks.

“Survivors of sexual assault will always be our priority,” the statement read. “While

Dean Rashad has acknowledged in her follow-up tweet that victims must be heard and

believed, her initial tweet lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault.

Personal positions of University leadership do not reflect Howard University’s policies.

We will continue to advocate for survivors fully and support their right to be heard.

Howard will stand with survivors and challenge systems that would deny them justice.

We have full confidence that our faculty and school leadership will live up to this sacred



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