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(NEWSER)– Phylicia Rashad was quoted as saying "forget these women" accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault yesterday as she defended her former TV husband, but last night she told ABC's Nightline those controversial words never came out of her mouth.

"That was a misquote. That is not what I said. What I said is, this is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy. That's what I said." She added, "I am a woman. I would never say such a thing. I would never think such a thing. I did not say that." She did not, however, back down from her defense of Cosby and her skepticism about the scandal. "My initial reaction to the allegations was, 'Hmm. Someone has a vested interest in preventing Mr. Cosby's return to network television,' " she said, adding that when she spoke to Cosby about the accusations, he told her, "The Internet has given some anonymous people a very loud voice."

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