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“Forget the women,” a statement stern in purpose, is what famed actress Phylicia Rashad reportedly said when she broke silence about alleged sexual deviant Bill Cosby’s growing number of accusers — sparking plenty backlash in the process. However, The Cosby Show star claims that she was misquoted.

Speaking exclusively with David Muir of ABC’s World News Tonight, Rashad defended herself, saying “That was a misquote.”

She continued, “That is not what I said. What I said is ‘This is not about the women – this is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy. I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”

Rashad, 66, admitted she hasn’t the slighted clue who’s orchestrated this so-called “elaborate plot” to sully Cosby’s good name. But in her own experiences with the Philadelphia native, including an eight year stint on the iconic sitcom The Cosby Show, she described him as a genius, generous, kind and inclusive.

Despite Rashad’s kind words, three more women accused Cosby of sexual assault earlier this week.

Hear Rashad speak her peace below.

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