12 Celebrities Who Jumped to Bill Cosby's Defense

 

Over the past two years, the pedestal on which Bill Cosby stood for years has been chipped, cracked, clobbered, and smashed to bits. The man who played America's favorite TV dad, Cliff Huxtable, now tops the list of America's most hated celebrities. The beleaguered comedian, 77, faces rape allegations from nearly 50 women, many of whom have come forward since late 2014 in search of justice. Despite the growing number of accusers — not to mention the resurfacing of a damning 2005 deposition in which Cosby admitted to drugging women with the intent of having sexual intercourse with them — a number of entertainers and former colleagues have come to Cosby's defense.

Some celebs initially stood by Cosby but later changed their stance as more incriminating evidence emerged, either denouncing him or choosing to remain mum. Following are some of the celebs who have jumped to Cosby's defense. 

 

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  • Stacey Dash

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    In November 2014, Clueless star and Republican pundit Stacey Dash voiced her support for Bill Cosby, tweeting about working with the veteran comedian in 1984 and how he was "a perfect gentleman" and a "mentor." Less than a year later, she admitted to being, well, clueless in rushing to his defense. "He’s come out and admitted he got drugs to seduce young women, and it makes me want to stop the world to get off of it," Dash wrote in her Patheos blog in July 2015.

  • Whoopi Goldberg

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    Whoopi Goldberg was quick to defend Bill Cosby when sexual assault allegations against him surfaced, casting doubt on the claims made by Barbara Bowman, one of the first women to publicly accuse Cosby, during an episode of The View. "Don’t you do a kit when you say someone has raped you?" Goldberg said, questioning why Bowman didn't seek medical attention immediately after her alleged encounter with Cosby. In July 2015, Goldberg said her stance was beginning to change, commenting during an episode of The View, "All the information that's out there kind of points to guilt."

  • CeeLo Green

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    Months after former The Voice coach CeeLo Green pled guilty to slipping MDMA into the drink of a female friend, causing her to wake up next to him naked with no memory of the previous night's events, the soul singer expressed empathy for Bill Cosby. In December, he told TMZ that he didn't think it was "fair" for people to judge Bill Cosby. "It's not for me to judge him," Green said. "It's just unfortunate because he's so beloved to so many." 

  • Kanye West

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    Kanye West's erratic behavior on social media hit an all-time high on February 9, when he tweeted, "Bill Cosby innocent!" 

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  • Keshia Knight Pulliam

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    Keshia Knight Pulliam remained a devoted daddy's girl when speaking of her TV father Bill Cosby during a January 2015 appearance on The Wendy Williams Show. "None of us were there; there are two sides to a story, and we are in America, and it is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law," she said in reference to the allegations. "It's a horrible situation however you slice it, but I feel that once the dust settles, then people will recognize how much he's given to our society with all of his work," she added.

  • Phylicia Rashad

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    Actress Phylicia Rashad jumped to the defense of her TV husband. "What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy," Rashad told Showbiz 411. "And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy." Rashad also questioned their reluctance to come forward sooner. "It is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years," she said.

  • Damon Wayans

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    During a September 2015 interview with Power 101.5 FM's The Breakfast Club, comedian Damon Wayans denounced the accusations against America's favorite TV dad, portraying Cosby's accusers as money-grubbing opportunists. "I just don’t believe it," the former In Living Color star said. "I think it’s a money hustle.” He went as far as to ridicule the appearance of some of the victims. "Some of them really [are] un-rape-able,” he said.

  • Raven-Symone

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    In November 2014, a rumor began circulating that Bill Cosby had molested Raven-Symone while she worked on The Cosby Show. Raven-Symone took to Instagram to express her disgust over the unfounded molestation rumors, saying she was "treated with nothing but kindness" on the show. Since then, the View co-host has expressed her reluctance to pass judgment on Cosby.

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  • Jill Scott

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    R&B singer Jill Scott tweeted her support for Bill Cosby. "I'm respecting a man who has done more for the image of brown people than almost anyone ever — from Fat Albert to the Huxtables," she stated. Once court records were made public in which Cosby admitted to slipping women quaaludes with the explicit purpose of drugging them, the chanteuse changed her tune. "Sadly his own testimony offers proof F of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations," Scott tweeted.

  • Eddie Griffin

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    "There is a systematic effort to destroy every black male entertainer's image," comedian Eddie Griffin said during a January 2016 VladTV interview, arguing that the 50+ women who accused Cosby of rape were part of a large-scale conspiracy to obliterate his legacy. Griffin also said it was illogical for true victims of rape to wait 30 years before coming forward, comparing it to someone reporting a robbery 30 years after the fact.

  • Azealia Banks

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    The "212" rapper's Twitter rants have ranged from antagonistic and controversial to downright offensive. In December 2014, Banks tweeted, "Them b*tches frontin' like they wasn't trying to get some of that pudding pop!!!" in reference to Cosby's accusers. Needless to say, the Twitterverse was not amused.

  • Faizon Love

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    Even after the public learned that Bill Cosby admitted to obtaining qualuudes with the intent of drugging women he sexually desired, comedian Faizon Love shrugged off these transgressions and went so far as to chastise the African-American community for expressing any outrage over Cosby's actions. During a Twitter rant in July 2015, Love referred to black people who criticized Cosby as "slaves" and "spineless monkeys." The Friday actor first expressed his support for Cosby in November 2014 over the course of a four-day Twitter spree. In some of his tweets, he characterized any black people who spoke out against Cosby's actions as modern-day Uncle Toms.

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