Bill Cosby defends co-star Phylicia Rashad after she celebrated his release
"This mainstream media are the Insurrectionists, who stormed the Capitol," Bill Cosby's spokesperson said
He lashed out at Howard University for rebuking actor Phylicia Rashad on her tweet for him
Rashad later walked back on her statement supporting Cosby on his release
Days after having his rape conviction and sentence was overturned, comedian Bill Cosby is back in news. This time he lashed out at the media over their response to his getting a clean chit. The 83-year-old blamed the 'mainstream media' for the Capitol riots on January 6.
Cosby lashed out at Howard University for its statement rebuking actor Phylicia Rashad for her enthusiasm at the comedian’s release from prison.
"This mainstream media are the Insurrectionists, who stormed the Capitol. Those same Media Insurrectionists are trying to demolish the Constitution of these United State of America on this Independence Day," Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said in a statement.
"it is a violation of one's rights & we the people stand in support of Ms. Phylicia Rashad," the statement added.
The January 6 Capitol riots happened when hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building to try and stop the confirmation of Joe Biden as Trump's successor.
Rashad, who played Cosby’s wife Clair Huxtable in a TV series, tweeted on Wednesday when Cosby's conviction was overturned.
“FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” Rashad had tweeted.
Rashad's employer Howard University issued a quick statement to say that the incoming College of Fine Arts dean's tweet "lacked sensitivity" for the survivors of sexual abuse survivors.
Rashad later walked back on her statement.
"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," she tweeted a day after the initial tweet.