“Howard University you must support ones Freedom of Speech (Ms. Rashad), which is taught or suppose to be taught everyday at that renowned law school, which resides on your campus,” he said in a statement released to the media.
Cosby was released from prison last Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 conviction for aggravated indecent assault. In response, Rashad tweeted “a terrible wrong is being righted,” but walked back her initial statement after widespread criticism, acknowledging that it “caused so much hurt in so many people.”
Howard University, where Rashad serves as the dean of its fine arts college, responded to the backlash in a statement noting the actor’s tweet “lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault.”
In his statement, Cosby also seemed to suggest that there was a correlation between his vacated conviction and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“Those same Media Insurrectionists are trying to demolish the Constitution of these United State of America on this Independence Day,” he said. “No technicality — it’s a violation of ones rights & we the people stand in support of Ms. Phylicia Rashad.”