Bill Cosby defends TV wife Phylicia Rashad for celebrating his release

Phylicia Rashad, Bill Cosby’s on-screen wife is at the centre of controversy after tweeting her support for him when his sexual assault conviction was overturned.

The Cosby Show star and dean at Howard University tweeted on Wednesday that “a terrible wrong has been righted”.

The tweet was then removed with a follow-up post saying she “fully supported sexual abuse survivors coming forward”, reports Metro.

Cosby has defended Rashad after Howard University said her first tweet “lacked sensitivity”.The university, based in Washington DC, issued a statement that read: “Survivors of sexual assault will always be our first priority.

“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.”

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