10 Celebrity Responses to Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations

"Cosby Show" star Malcolm-Jamal Warner latest to respond to scandal.

January 22, 2015, 4:13 PM

— -- As Bill Cosby continues to fight allegations that he sexually assaulted multiple women, celebrities continue to speak out about the controversy.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Cosby's only son on "The Cosby Show," is the latest to speak out about his "mentor" and former co-star.

"He's one of my mentors, and he's been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor," Warner told Billboard. "Just as it's painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it's just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this.

"I can't really speak on any of the allegations because obviously, I was not there," he continued. "The Bill Cosby I know has been great to me and great for a lot of people. What he's done for comedy and television has been legendary and history-making. What he's done for the black community and education has been invaluable. That's the Bill Cosby I know. I can't speak on the other stuff."

Cosby, 77, has denied any wrongdoing ever since allegations first surfaced in 2004. More women came forward in late 2014, and John P. Schmitt, a lawyer for Cosby, said of the new allegations in a statement, "The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true."

Added another Cosby lawyer, Martin D. Singer: "These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years."

Cosby, himself, also weighed in before his show in Melbourne, Florida, in November.

"I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos," he told Florida Today. “People should fact check. People shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos."

Keep reading to see what other celebrities have had to say.

Chris Rock

"I don't know what to say. What do you say? I hope it's not true. That's all you can say. I really do. I grew up on Cosby. I love Cosby, and I just hope it's not true," comedian Chris Rock told New York magazine in December. "It's a weird year for comedy. We lost Robin, we lost Joan and we kind of lost Cosby."

Phylicia Rashad

"We are really missing what is wrong here, which is, this is the United States of America. I know it's changing, but it's still the United States of America and there are tenets that we live by," actress Phylicia Rashad, who played Cosby's wife on "The Cosby Show," told ABC News earlier this month. "There is the Constitution of the United States, which ensures innocence until proof of guilt, and that has not happened. But what has happened is declaration in the media of guilt, without proof. And a legacy is being destroyed because of it. It's being obliterated."

Roseanne Barr

"The Cosby situation is the best and the worst thing," comedian Roseanne Barr told the New York Daily News in November. "It’s horrible when you peel back the curtain and see what’s behind it, but it’s so great that people now have the capacity to actually look at the truth and see how it adds up."

Jerry Seinfeld

"It's sad and incomprehensible," Jerry Seinfeld said on the red carpet for the film "Top Five" in December.

Whoopi Goldberg

"I hope somebody gets to the bottom of this, but I’m going to reserve my judgment because I have a lot of questions, as I said. It’s crazy, but I have a lot of questions, because I know we all have friends who have gone through this," Whoopi Goldberg told her fellow "View" co-hosts just after the scandal broke.

Cosby later thanked her for her support.

Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg.

— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) December 3, 2014

Ben Vereen

"Pray for Bill Cosby. Pray for the ones who are scandalizing him, more so," veteran actor Ben Vereen told "Entertainment Tonight" on the red carpet of "Top Five." "I love the man. I support you, Bill. We're praying for you. ... Aren't there more important things to talk about in this world?"

Cedric the Entertainer

"[Cosby] is one of those legendary comedians. We all grew up on him, and we know and respect him, not just as a comedian but for the things that he's done outside of comedy, with the colleges and giving back [to the community], and spending his money where his mouth is," Cedric the Entertainer said on the "Top Five" red carpet. "But if the allegations have any truth to them, you want the truth to come out. You want justification for all the people. That's all you can really say. It's an unfortunate scenario."

Jill Scott

Singer Jill Scott jumped to Cosby's defense on Twitter late last year.

@SimplyBerry u know Bill Cosby? I do child and this is insane. Proof. Period.

— ?Jill Scott? (@missjillscott) November 30, 2014

@JasBaileyTweets @SimplyBerry @curlyheadRED I'm not dismissing. I'm just not quick to scorn a man who's inspired sincere good.

— ?Jill Scott? (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014

The comedian thanked her, also on Twitter.

Thank you @MissJillScott, from the Cosby Family.

— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) December 3, 2014

Donald Trump

"I am no fan of Bill Cosby but never-the-less some free advice -- if you are innocent, do not remain silent. You look guilty as hell!" real estate mogul Donald Trump wrote on Facebook in November.

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