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    Phylicia Rashad Responded To The Backlash Over Her Tweet Supporting Bill Cosby's Release From Jail

    "I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward."

    Earlier today, actor Phylicia Rashad (who you probably know from The Cosby Show) tweeted to celebrate Bill Cosby's release from prison following his rape conviction being overturned. People were not feeling it at all.

    FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!

    @PhyliciaRashad / Via Twitter: @PhyliciaRashad

    Now Rashad is clarifying her initial remarks in a follow-up statement.

    Phylicia Rashad poses for a picture at a premiere in 2015
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    "I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward," Rashad tweeted. "My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth."

    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.

    @PhyliciaRashad / Via Twitter: @PhyliciaRashad

    "Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects," Rashad continued. "My heartfelt wish is for healing."

    As previously mentioned, Rashad initially responded, "FINALLY!!!" to the news of Cosby's release: "A terrible wrong is being righted — a miscarriage of justice is corrected!"

    Rashad wears a blouse and pants while posing for a picture at an event
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    This is not the first time Rashad has come to Cosby's defense. When sexual assault allegations resurfaced against the actor and comedian in 2015, Rashad responded, "I love him," when asked about the claims during a junket.

    Rashad stands with her hands clapsed together onstage at an event in 2017
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    “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy," she said at the time. "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.”

    Rashad wears a blouse, blazer, and pants at a red carpet event in 2020
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    Head here to read more about why Cosby's conviction was overturned today.

    If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search your local center here.

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