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Malcolm-Jamal Warner opens up about Cosby allegations

 

  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo Huxtable, said The Cosby Show had counterbalanced negative stereotypes about black people on TV
  • But the sex claims made against Bill Cosby had ruined all that 
  • Warner, 45, also revealed he has spoken to his screen dad Cosby since the allegations were made

By Chris Pleasance For Dailymail.com

Published: 02:38 EST, 9 October 2015 | Updated: 02:58 EST, 10 October 2015

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Bill Cosby's son on The Cosby Show, has spoken of his sadness that the sitcom's legacy has been ruined by the sex-attack claims against the main star.

Warner, 45, said: My biggest concern is when it comes to images of people of color on television and film, no matter what ... negative stereotypes of people of color, we've always had 'The Cosby Show' to hold up against that. 

'And the fact that we no longer have that, that's the thing that saddens me the most because in a few generations the Huxtables will have been just a fairy tale.'

Warner, who played Theo Huxtable from when the show started in 1984 to its end in 1992, also revealed he had been in touch with Cosby, 78, who is scheduled to testify in court today about an alleged assault on a 15-year-old girl 40 years ago. 

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who starred as son Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show, says the allegations against Bill Cosby have ruined the reputation of the program and damaged the image of black people in film

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who starred as son Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show, says the allegations against Bill Cosby have ruined the reputation of the program and damaged the image of black people in film

Warner (pictured back row center with the Cosby Show's main stars) said that it had always acted as a rebuttal to negative black stereotypes played out on television and in film, but has now lost that status

Warner (pictured back row center with the Cosby Show's main stars) said that it had always acted as a rebuttal to negative black stereotypes played out on television and in film, but has now lost that status

A special episode of 'Dateline NBC', where 29 women who have accused Bill Cosby of assault have been brought together, is also due to be broadcast Friday.

Warner would not comment on his conversations with Cosby, except to say: 'I think the things that we discussed really have to stay private between us.

'But it's just a bad situation all around — for him, for his family, the women, their families, the legacy of the show.' 

Warner, who is filming for the upcoming OJ Simpson biopic and promoting his new album Selfless, also said: 'I grew up with a maniacal obsession with not wanting to be one of those "Where Are They Now Kids".

'I feel very blessed to be able to have all of these avenues of expression ... to be where I am now and finally at a place where I can let go of that worry about having a life after Cosby.'

The Cosby Show starred Cosby as well-to-do obstetrician Heathcliffe Huxtable, who was living with his lawyer wife and their five children in a luxury home in New York City.

The hugely popular show, which ran for eight seasons and 202 episodes, made Cosby one of the most recognized entertainers of the era.

However, despite the mounting accusations against him, another Cosby Show star, Keshia Knight Pulliam - who played Cosby's youngest daughter Rudy - continues to defend its legacy.

Speaking to The Grio earlier this week, she said: 'I can say that, based upon the people that approach me and talk about how it’s profoundly impacted their lives, I don’t feel you can take that back. 

Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played youngest daughter Rudy on The Cosby Show, said this week that 'you can't take away from the impact' it had on those who saw it

'You can’t take back the impact that it’s had on generations of kids, and it’s continuing to have such a positive impact on them.

'So I feel like the place that it has in people’s hearts is such a nostalgic part of childhood and beyond, it’s going to be difficult to take back those memories.'

She has previously defended the show and Cosby, speaking back in January this year, when she said the accusations against him don't tally with the man she knew. 

More than 40 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them at the height of his fame in the 1970s and 80s, often while auditioning for a part on his show.

The allegations against Cosby first began surfacing in 2005 after a lawsuit for sexual assault was brought and ultimately dropped by Andrea Constand. 

More than 40 women accused Cosby (pictured in 2013) of sexual assault. He is due to testify in one case today

More than 40 women accused Cosby (pictured in 2013) of sexual assault. He is due to testify in one case today

Cosby (pictured with friend Hugh Hefner in the Eighties) has admitted to as string of affairs with women, some of whom are now among his accusers, but has always insisted the trysts were consensual

Cosby (pictured with friend Hugh Hefner in the Eighties) has admitted to as string of affairs with women, some of whom are now among his accusers, but has always insisted the trysts were consensual

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