Bill Cosby sent a statement through his spokesman Andrew Wyatt (both picture) clapping back at Howard University for their admonishment of Phylicia Rashad for supporting her former co-star after his release from prison. (AP Photo)

By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. and Digital Editor
mgreen@afro.com

After members of Howard University’s community called for Phylicia Rashad’s termination for openly supporting her former “Cosby Show,” husband, Bill Cobsy himself clapped back to the institution in support of his longtime television wife.

Howard and community members openly called Rashad’s support of Cosby insensitive, after he was released from prison post serving almost three years on sexual assault charges.  Cosby was released on June 30 and Rashad immediately expressed her support, which happened to be the day before she was to start as dean of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. 

Rashad has since apologized and vowed to participate in trainings surrounding sexual assault, but Cosby felt that the harsh criticism towards his former co-star was a violation of her Constitutional rights.

“Howard University you must support one’s Freedom of Speech (Ms. Rashad), which is taught or supposed to be taught everyday at that renowned law school, which resides on your campus,” Cosby reportedly said per a statement from his spokesman Andrew Wyatt, submitted to several media outlets.

Cosby went on to discuss threats on Constitutional rights as a form of defense for Rashad and as a means of proving his own innocence.

“This mainstream media has become the Insurrectionists, who stormed the Capitol,” Cosby said in his statement. “Those same Media Insurrectionists are trying to demolish the Constitution of these United States of America on this Independence Day.”

The actor and comedian also took to social media to defend Rashad and call out the mainstream media for the reporting of his case.

Actress and singer Stephanie Mills tweeted a photo posing with Rashad and expressing her support of the “Cosby Show” co-stars, particular the comedian, who has been financially supportive of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Howard.

“I love you .  If it’s true that Howard University wants to terminate her position because they feel her comments about Mr. Cosby were insensitive, then they should give back the millions of dollars that he donated to the University,” Mills tweeted.

“Thank you , your voice has always been powerful,” Cosby tweeted and posted on Instagram.

He also made it very clear he was backing Rashad in his statement to Howard, concluding by saying, “WE THE PEOPLE STAND IN SUPPORT OF MS. PHYLICIA RASHAD,” in all capital letters.

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Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor