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Samantha Highfill
January 07, 2015 AT 03:39 PM EST

Phylicia Rashad, best known for playing Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, is finally speaking out about the sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby, her former television husband.

Rashad told Showbizz 411 that she still loves Cosby, before adding: “Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And 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. Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV. And it’s worked. All his contracts have been cancelled.”

When asked about Camille, Cosby’s wife, Rashad said, “This is a tough woman, a smart woman. She’s no pushover.”

Rashad says she doesn’t see Cosby’s silence about the allegations as a bad thing: “If he spoke now, what do you think the media would do with it?”

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