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Lisa Bonet, who co-starred alongside Bill Cosby on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, is appalled by her former TV dad in light of recent allegations against him, according to her real-life daughter Zoe Kravitz.
Dope actress Kravitz revealed in an interview published Thursday in The Guardian that Bonet tends to keep her mouth shut regarding the scandal.
“She hasn’t, she really hasn’t [talked],” Kravitz said. “She’d plead the fifth, even to me. I think she’s just staying out of it. She’s just as disgusted and concerned as everyone else is, but I don’t think she has any insight. It’s news to her as well.”
More than 40 women have alleged that they were drugged, sexually assaulted or sexually harassed by Cosby decades ago. The 78-year-old comedian has denied all claims through his lawyer but still battles an ongoing criminal investigation by the LAPD. Cosby has not been charged.
On the six-time Emmy Award-winning show, Bonet at the age of 17 began playing the role of Denise Huxtable, the daughter of Cosby’s character, Dr. Cliff Huxtable. Bonet and then-husband Lenny Kravitz welcomed their first child in 1988 (Zoe).
Lenny and Zoe Kravitz
Kravitz said she understands why people might assume her mother has inside information.
“Of course,” she says. “She was on the show for a long time. She’s also a beautiful woman. It makes people wonder.”
Cosby and Bonet shared tension on the set back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. According to The Guardian, Cosby was apparently critical of Bonet’s marriage, pregnancy and selection of acting roles, including her part in the horror film Angel Heart, in which she shared a naked sex scene with Mickey Rourke.
But Kravitz denies that her mother is hiding anything, to her knowledge.
“She’s a very straightforward person,” Kravitz continued. “If there was something she felt the world needed to know that would help this case or help any women who had been abused, she would say something.”
While Bonet is (for the most part) keeping her opinion to herself, other Cosby Show co-stars have broken their silence.
One former guest actress on the show, Eden Tirl, came forward earlier this month. Tirl accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in a locked dressing room during a taping of the show back in 1989.
Joseph C. Phillips, who played Cosby’s son-in-law Martin Kendall on The Cosby Show, said he believes the rape allegations against Cosby are true. In July, Phillips published a blog post titled “Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty!” in which he asserts that he never witnessed Cosby drug women but affirms it was “common knowledge that Bill played around.”
Meanwhile, Phylicia Rashad — who played Cliff’s wife, Clair, and co-starred with Cosby on CBS’ Cosby — has defended the actor, referring to the allegations as “declaration in the media of guilt without proof.”
As for the latest on the case, Cosby will answer questions under oath this October as court ordered by a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge. He is set to give a deposition on Oct. 9 regarding the lawsuit brought by 56-year-old accuser Judy Huth, who alleges that the actor sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in the 1970s.
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