Lisa Bonet Implies Bill Cosby Rape Scandal Is ‘Karma’
For the past couple years, Bill Cosby has been at the center of controversy due to disturbing accusations of sexual misconduct. In fact, he’s been accused by so many women, many fans have lost count when it comes to the number of alleged victims he has. While many fans want to believe Cosby is the wholesome, all-American father that was depicted on The Cosby Show, the disturbing allegations have many giving Cosby the side-eye. Now, former Cosby Show star, Lisa Bonet, is speaking out about Bill Cosby and she’s only added more fuel to the fire.
Since the Cosby scandal, many of the legendary comedian’s co-stars have been asked about their interactions with him. During an interview with PORTEREdit, Lisa Bonet finally opened up about her time on set. Lisa, who portrayed Cosby’s onscreen daughter, “Denise Huxtable,” on The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1991, was fired from the show over creative differences. She recently kept it all the way real about her views on Cosby, despite their past friction. When asked if Bill Cosby’s scandal has tainted her memory of life onset of The Cosby Show, she offered an honest answer. “No, it’s exactly as I remember it,” she said of her time as a Cosby kid.
When asked about the allegations and whether or not she saw anything unusual on the set, she admitted “there was no knowledge on my part about his specific actions.” However, she did admit that she felt there was just something odd about him. “But…there was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed,” said Bonet.
Lisa admitted she’s a firm believer of the concept of “whatever is done in the dark will come to the light.” She added, “And if I had anything more to reveal, then it would have happened a long time ago. That’s my nature. The truth will set you free,” she told the publication. “I don’t need to say, ‘I told you so’,” Bonet said about where she stands on the Cosby allegations topic. “I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be.”
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Although Lisa Bonet has revealed she didn’t exactly feel comfortable around Cosby, there were other child stars on the show who actually did see him as the ‘father’ fans grew to know and love. In the wake of Cosby’s scandal, both, Keshia Knight-Pulliam and Malcolm Jamal Warner, have supported Cosby. In fact, Knight-Pulliam was photographed at Cosby’s side when his trial kicked off last year. When asked about the ordeal, she made her sentiments clear. Keshia’s standing with Bill Cosby, because he’s guilty until proven innocent. “It’s easy to be there for someone when things are good,” Knight-Pulliam said. “I wanted to do what I would have wanted to receive.”
“That’s not the man I experienced,” Keshia said. When asked about the trial, she revealed he was actually in “good spirits” despite the allegations. “He’s been in good spirits, he’s been upbeat. … Knowing Mr. Cosby, is to know he’s a comedian. There’s always that sense of laughter. I was grateful to see his spirit hasn’t been broken by this process because it’s arduous. It’s just not a good situation.”
While many people blasted Keshia for supporting Bill Cosby, she made it clear she was viewing the situation from multiple angles. As a woman with a daughter, she admitted the situation isn’t one to take lightly and insisted she wouldn’t turn a deaf ear to the facts. In a nutshell, there’s always two sides to a story. “As a woman, as a graduate of Spelman College … and being the mother to a daughter, it’s nothing I take lightly, or that I condone in any way, shape or form,” she said. “He’s clear that ‘yes,’ he has been unfaithful to his wife. Ultimately if she chooses to forgive him for those things, that’s between the two of them.”
Malcolm Jamal-Warner has also spoken publicly about the incident. “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,” the actor told the Associated Press back in October of last year. “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.”
Warner revealed he’d spoken privately to Cosby since the scandal made headlines, but he’s refused to speak publicly about their discussion. However, he admitted it’s just a “bad situation” all the way around. “I think the things that we discussed really have to stay private between us,” he said. “But it’s just a bad situation all around — for him, for his family, the women, their families, the legacy of the show.”
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