Phylicia Rashad is fighting to keep her position as dean at Howard University. Rashad, 73, was heavily criticized after she showed support for her TV husband, Bill Cosby, in an exuberant tweet.
Cosby, 83, was released from prison last week after serving three years of a 3- to 10-year sentence for alleged sexual assault.
Rashad, who starred with the comedian on the TV sitcom "The Cosby Show", tweeted:
"FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!"
After facing furious public backlash, Rashad deleted her tweet and backtracked, saying "I fully support survivors of sexual assault".
I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth. Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.
— Phylicia Rashad (@PhyliciaRashad) June 30, 2021
Liberal officials at woke Howard University pressured Rashad to apologize again after students called for her termination.
Rashad hastily released a lengthy statement, saying her "remarks were in no way directed toward survivors of sexual assault."
Rashad received overwhelming support from her celebrity friends, including singer Stephanie Mills who urged Howard U. to "give back the millions" Cosby donated to the school.
The 64-year-old "Home" singer took to Instagram and wrote:
"I love you @phyliciarashad [heart emojis]. If it's true that Howard University wants to terminate her Position because they feel her comments about Mr. Cosby were insensitive, then they should give back the millions of dollars that he donated to the university."
Mills referred to the millions Cosby donated to Howard in return for an honorary college degree in 1989.
Cosby also donated millions to the all-women Spelman college in Atlanta, Ga.
The former Broadway star is best known for her hit singles "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love", "I Feel Good All Over", "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me" and "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)".
She won a Grammy Award for "Never Knew Love Like This Before" (watch her sing live below).