Lisa Bonet Says Cosby Had 'Sinister, Shadow Energy'

Former 'Cosby Show' star isn't surprised by allegations against TV dad
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Lisa Bonet Not Surprised by Cosby Allegations
Lisa Bonet has broken her silence about her former TV father Bill Cosby, saying she isn’t surprised he’s facing sexual misconduct allegations and claiming he gave off a “sinister” energy.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

"I don’t need to say, ‘I told you so,'" Lisa Bonet tells Net-a-Porter. “I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be.” The interview published Friday marks the first time the one-time Cosby Show star has spoken publicly about the allegations against her TV dad, E! News reports. “There was no knowledge on my part about his specific actions, but … there was just energy," Bonet says. "And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed.” Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting over 60 women, USA Today reports. Bonet tells interviewer Sanjiv Bhattacharya that if she knew anything about specific incidents she would have already come forward. "The truth will set you free," she says.

Bonet was 16 when she started playing Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and her relationship with Cosby soon grew strained. Not only would she show up late for filming, but the two butted heads over her personal life. Cosby opposed her doing a nude sex scene in the movie Angel Heart and appearing topless in a magazine. Her pregnancy and engagement to Lenny Kravitz was also an issue. Cosby eventually fired Bonet over "creative differences." The legendary comedian is now facing a retrial on some of the allegations against him. Bonet's Cosby Show costars Malcolm Jamal Warner and Phylicia Rashad have come to Cosby's defense. (More Lisa Bonet stories.)

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