Malcolm Jamal-Warner Breaks His Silence Concerning Bill Cosby Allegations
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played the role as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has finally spoken out on the sexual allegations against Bill Cosby.
For almost two decades, Cosby has at the helm of several sexual assault allegations, claiming that he raped, facilitated drugs, and committed sexual battery and misconduct to nearly 54 different women, including Beverly Johnson and a Cosby Show actress.
To date, Mr. Cosby has been stripped of numerous honorary degrees from prestigious colleges and has five lawsuits pending against him regarding the aforementioned claims.
In a recent interview with The Associate Press, The Cosby Show alum said the legacy of the cherished series is “tarnished” by the sexual assault allegations made against Bill Cosby.
“My biggest concern is when it comes to images of people of color on television and film, no matter what … negative stereotypes of people of color, we’ve always had ‘The Cosby Show’ to hold up against that. And the fact that we no longer have that, that’s the thing that saddens me the most because in a few generations the Huxtables will have been just a fairy tale,” said Warner.
While he did confirm that he’s been in contact with Cosby, he did not comment on their conversations.
“I think the things that we discussed really have to stay private between us. But it’s just a bad situation all around – for him, for his family, the women, their families, the legacy of the show,” he added.
Warner isn’t the only Cosby Show alum to speak on Cosby’s allegations. Both Phylicia Rashad (who played Claire Huxtable) and Keshia Knight Pulliam (who played Rudy Huxtable) weighed in on the tough topic. Rashad’s sentiments were the same as Warner, voicing concern of the show’s legacy and how important it is for the culture. Pulliam simply offered that the allegations were “just allegations.”
While Cosby’s stage family isn’t too happy about how his actions lessen the legacy of The Cosby Show, they have certainly banded together and are standing behind him.