Vivica A. Fox Defends Bill Cosby: He Was ‘Nothing Like the Man They’re Describing’ (Video)

“Celebrity Apprentice” contestant speaks out about the accused rapist on Thursday’s episode of “The Meredith Vieira Show”

Last Updated: January 8, 2015 @ 11:17 AM

Vivica A. Fox defended Bill Cosby on Thursday, amid nearly 30 allegations off rape, drugging, or sexual assault. During an interview the “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant told Meredith Vieira she had worked with the comedian on NBC’s “The Cosby Show” and found him to be nothing like his accusers have described.

“I worked on the Cosby show and was honored to do the show, and I have to agree with [his “Cosby Show” co-star] Keshia [Knight Pulliam],” said Fox. “The man I met was nothing like the man they are describing.”

She went on to defend Cosby in the interview, which airs on Thursday’s episode of the syndicated talk show “The Merideth Vieira Show.”

“He was nice, kind,” Fox continued. “There was no sexual overtones or anything so I defend him and I stand by him as well, too.”

As TheWrap previously reported, 29 women have accused the former TV dad of raping, sexually assaulting or drugging them over the last four decades. Most of the allegations have surfaced over the past two months, with civil rights attorney Gloria Allred coming forward with three more accusers on Wednesday.

Several of Cosby’s stand-up performances have been canceled in the wake of these allegations, but not all of them. The comedian traveled to Ontario, Canada, this week and performed one show on Wednesday and has two more scheduled on Thursday and Friday, despite the fact that 500 protesters are expected to show up to support victimized women.

Hollywood heavyweights like Judd Apatow have come down hard on Cosby, but others have stood by his side. Pulliam, whom Fox alluded to in her comments, played Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” the youngest daughter, and is standing by her TV dad.

“It’s very much been played out in the court of public opinion, but we’re still in America where, ultimately, you’re innocent until proven guilty,” Pulliam said Monday on NBC’s “Today.”

Cosby TV wife Phylicia Rashad has also come to his defense. “Forget these women,” Rashad said in a story published Tuesday night. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. 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.”

Watch the clip from Fox’s interview.