Bill Cosby was released from prison Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 conviction for sexual assault & misconduct.
This dramatic reversal by the court comes as a shock to many as this case was one the first high-profile criminal trials of #MeToo movement. Close friends, associates, and supporters of Cosby took social media to celebrate his release. However, with just about 50 women across the nation having accused Cosby of sexual assault and misconduct, it's safe to say many on the side of the accusers were absolutely bemused by this announcement.
One of Cosby's said supporters was former co-star on the famed Cosby Show, Phylicia Rashad, who quickly took to Instagram to post in support of his release. Her post read, "FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!"
She received an onslaught of commentary stating her comment was misplaced as the internet swooped in to leave their two sense on her post.
how can you support sexual assault survivors when you’re happy a serial date rapist got freed? make sense when you talking— not lindsay lohan (@drugproblem) June 30, 2021
The same way people are choosing to not believe the women who are accusing Trump!— iluvmeudo2 (@NobbotteO) June 30, 2021
Supporting assault survivors while applauding a technicality that frees their predator is a horrible attempt at having it both ways. pic.twitter.com/Yjv5lOpzeW— Phyllis, Heartbreaker (@phyll_indablank) June 30, 2021
"I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward," Rashad wrote in response to the criticism. “My post was in no way intended to be insensitive To their truth. Personally I know from friends and family that such abuse has residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.”
I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth. Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.— Phylicia Rashad (@PhyliciaRashad) June 30, 2021
Her comments should not come as a surprise to anyone as in 2015 when the allegation and news was first revealed, Rashad made a quite out of touch statement saying succinctly and plainly, “Forget these women”.
Rashad, who had recently been namedDean of the College of Fine Arts, has released a response to her statement on Bill Cosby: "Survivors of sexual assault will always be our priority."
Many of us know that when it comes to holding accused abusers accountable, it is difficult for those close to the accused to not side with them. And this situation is no exception.
We would love to know your thoughts on this topic! Comment down below if you agree with the courts decision in favor of Cosby and Rashad or are you on the side of his accusers and Howard University.
Written by Precious Onukwuli