AceShowbiz - Actress Phylicia Rashad has risked the wrath of her peers and fans alike by celebrating the overturning of her TV husband Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction.
The disgraced comedian was sentenced to three-to-10 years in prison in 2018 for drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University staff member Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
Cosby maintained his innocence and filed appeal after appeal, with his case finally heard in Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where judges agreed that his trial had been unfair and threw out his conviction on Wednesday (30Jun21), paving the way for him to walk free.
While many stars reacted in shock and disgust, Rashad, who played his onscreen wife on "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, took to Twitter to applaud the ruling.
Alongside a photo of a smiling Cosby, she wrote, "FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!"
Rashad, who had disabled comments on the post, previously cast doubt on the motives of the more than 50 women, including supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, who have come forward with decades-old allegations of inappropriate behaviour and sexual abuse against the actor.
Suggesting they simply wanted to destroy the once-beloved comedian's legacy, she told Showbiz411.com back in 2015, "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."