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Cosby's TV Wife: I was misquoted

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NEW: Three more women make allegations about Bill Cosby

Cosby TV wife Phylicia Rashad defends the comedian

Rashad also defended Cosby's wife amid allegations

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Bill Cosby’s TV wife is standing firmly in his corner – even as three more women made accusations against the comedian.

Showbiz 411 reported that Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on NBC’s “The Cosby Show,” told the outlet that she never saw any indication of the behavior that many women have attributed to the legendary actor.

He has been accused of harassing, drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women. No charges have ever been filed against Cosby, and his attorneys have vehemently denied the allegations.

“Forget these women,” Rashad is quoted as telling the outlet. “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.”

Phylicia Rashad, third from right, played Clair Hanks Huxtable on "The Cosby Show."

More than 20 women have come forward with claims, and a defamation lawsuit has been filed against Cosby.

On Wednesday, attorney Gloria Allred brought out three more women – Linda Kirkpatrick, Lynn Neal and a woman who chose to be identified only as Kacey – who say they were sexually assaulted by the comedian after being drugged by him.

Three more accusers

On Wednesday, attorney Gloria Allred brought out three more women – Linda Kirkpatrick, Lynn Neal and a woman who chose to be identified only as Kacey – who say they were sexually assaulted by the comedian after being drugged by him.

Kirkpatrick, who met Cosby at a tennis tournament, and Neal, who was a health club massage therapist, said their incidents happened in the early 1980s. Kacey, a former employee of the William Morris Agency who was an assistant to a Cosby agent, dated her incident to the 1990s.

While introducing the women, Allred addressed Rashad’s statements to Showbiz 411.

“Phylicia, you should be supporting these women rather than joining Cosby’s paid ‘attack dogs’ who are trying to undermine them in any way that they can,” Allred said.

She added that Cosby’s camp has not accepted either of the offers she made in December.

Rashad: ‘Someone is determined’

Rashad, who also starred as the actor’s wife on the CBS show “Cosby,” said she sees the controversy as part of a larger plot.

“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” she said. “And it’s worked. All his contracts have been canceled.”

The actress said she loves Cosby and defended his wife, saying there was no way Camille Cosby would stand for such behavior from her husband of 50 years.

“This is a tough woman, a smart woman,” Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman writes that Rashad told him. “She’s no pushover.”

She also spoke on the legacy of the beloved show that cemented her and Cosby as one of TV’s favorite couples.

“This show represented America to the outside world,” she said. “This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”

Asked why she believed Cosby hasn’t spoken up to defend himself other than to say that the black media should cover the story with a “neutral mind,” Rashad said she believes he has too much pride to do it.

And Cosby? He’s maintaining his silence – as he’s done while his reputation suffers.