Zoe Kravitz says Lisa Bonet is ‘disgusted and concerned’ by Bill Cosby’s behavior


Lisa Bonet

Every time more Bill Cosby victims come forward, I get this scary, flashing warning sign in my head. It’s one of those “0 Days Since The Last Cosby Accusation”-type things. Sort of like those safety signs in factories that remind people of the last time someone lost a digit. The analogy is a terrible one, especially since these women show their power by coming forward. With every story, the case against Cosby grows stronger. He will never go to prison, but he deserves to never be able to rebuild his family-man reputation.

Quite simply, a timeline is necessary. It’s only been a month since NYMag epic’s tell-all piece revealed the experiences of 35 alleged victims. Three more came forward a few weeks ago, and still more have surfaced to bring the total to about 50 accusers. This is both sad and amazing.

Zoe Kravitz sat down with the Guardian, and the journo asked about her mom’s thoughts on the situation. Zoe revealed that Lisa Bonet finds Cosby’s behavior revolting:

Bonet and Cosby had a testy relationship during the show’s run. Cosby apparently disapproved of Bonet’s relationship with Kravitz, her pregnancy (with Zoe) and her appearance in Angel Heart, a horror film in which Bonet romped around naked and bloody in a nightmarish sex scene with Mickey Rourke.

I ask Zoe if her mother had talked to her about the allegations. “She hasn’t, she really hasn’t,” she says. “She’d plead the fifth, even to me. I think she’s just staying out of it. She’s just as disgusted and concerned as everyone else is, but I don’t think she has any insight. It’s news to her as well.”

But you understand why people would think she knows something?

“Of course,” she says. “She was on the show for a long time. She’s also a beautiful woman. It makes people wonder. She’s a very straightforward person. If there was something she felt the world needed to know that would help this case or help any women who had been abused, she would say something.”

[From The Guardian]

Cosby’s behavior not only haunts his victims, but his co-stars struggle to cope in their own ways. Forget Phylicia Rashad, who called it an “orchestrated” scheme against her former tv husband. His other co-stars appear to be mortified. Raven-Symone will not talk about it (which is understandable), and Malcolm Jamal Warner called the experience “painful to witness. I’m glad Zoe used the word “disgusted” because that’s exactly how most people feel about Cosby now. He is a revolting man.

Lisa Bonet

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  1. LAK says:

    Even indirectly, Lisa’s thoughts are the final nail in Bill Cosby’s reputation.

    Wonder if Phylicia Rashad is still on the Cosby train.

    • Denisemich says:

      I believe Lisa Bonet signed away her right to say anything about this when Cosby created a Different World for her.

      Ms. Rashad is done.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        She didn’t sign any rights away. She didn’t know what a monster Bill Cosby was when he created “A Different World.”

      • Melly M says:

        Why not? If he drugged/molested/raped her before “A Different World”, she knew and they may have made an agreement.

      • Mixtape says:

        Edited to remove comment… so many below have articulated what my fears have always been concerning Lisa Bonet better than I could.

  2. Kiddo says:

    I wonder if Phylicia Rashad is still staunch in her stand.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Funny how quickly she jumped on the mass conspiracy train and is so silent now. I can’t believe that any reasonable person still believes he’s innocent.

      • Kiddo says:

        Let’s not forget that she likely has a financial stake in the reruns of the show, and it was pulled from some channels. As a co-star, the residuals were probably higher for her than the kids. I know that’s a cynical view, and maybe not correct, but what else is Phylicia known for, and has she had any real work since then? I imagine she sees the program as part of her legacy, (and retirement fund) intertwined with Bill’s.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Definitely. I’m sure it’s hard for her to go from someone who was known for being the beloved mother on the Cosby show to being attached to a serial rapist, but I also wonder how many rumors she must have heard at the time and ignored? Selfish.

      • booboocita says:

        Phylicia’s legacy is that of the first African-American woman to win a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Play (for a Broadway revival of Raisin in the Sun, in 2004). She’s forged a career as a critically acclaimed stage actress and director, and is now a professor of theatre at Fordham University. She doesn’t need The Cosby Show to cement a legacy of great acting. She may need it for cash, though.

        I’m not defending her or anyone else on the show. I’m just thinking that Cosby wouldn’t have preyed on anyone directly associated with his meal ticket. It would have been easy for him to keep his activities away from the set and his main life, and it appears he did that very well.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Kiddo, the show was maybe her biggest achievement financially but the woman has been working consistently for 40 years. Her body of work on stage is extensive. Whatever we may think of her stance on this sh*thow, she’s successful.

      • Kiddo says:

        littlemissnaughty, booboocita, Thanks for the correction, and yes, now that you mention it, you have refreshed my memory.

      • Kiki says:

        Phylicia Rascad legacy is fine, and she will get work. She is tony winning actres and people will still want to,work with her. She is going to be fine, and even if she is not going to have work, she should have money and like I said before, she will get work, she had a foot in her mouth momet months ago but she will be fine. She doesn’t need the Cosby show money.

      • Hannah says:

        Kiddo. her comments were disgraceful and insensitive but youre off base with the idea that she has nothing else going on. Rashad is a stalwart of Broadway before and after the Cosby show. She’s also the first African American female to receive a tony award. Shes basically an African American judi dench or Eileen Atkins or some kind of grand dame of the stage. She’s an incredibly successful and critically acclaimed Broadway actress and a pioneer for African American stage actresses.

      • Kiddo says:

        I had already responded^ above^. I will adjust my comment that the show made her well-known in main stream America and I’m guessing that it was lucrative.

      • Pinky says:

        @booboocita His antics took place backstage on set. Everyone knew. Maybe they didn’t know he was raping and drugging, but they knew he was coercing guest actresses to some extent as he “auditioned ” them. And there were plenty of women who went to his dressing room willingly. They were not necessarily aware of the extent of what was happening once the doors closed, though. The kids were probably oblivious to most of this while they were young but must’ve heard rumblings as they got older.

    • Gea says:

      It has been gossip for years that Phylicia was his side peace and his wife was aware of that conection. I am sure Lisa have a lot to say, but for some reason she is not going to. Just the way she made departure from the show and her feud with Cosby probably have some stories to say.

    • noway says:

      In fairness to all the people who worked with Cosby over the years, I think it is more than probable they didn’t know anything. For one thing, I think rapist like Cosby compartmentalize their behavior and around work he probably seemed normal. This would also explain why some of his coworkers found this story so hard to believe. as this is not the Cosby they thought they knew. Sorry for everyone who wants to think a serial rapist has a neon sign on his head, unfortunately, he looks and behaves generally like most of us. Which is what allows him to be a serial rapist, and not get caught earlier.

      Also, reading these stories from the many victims you realize a fair amount of them willingly went with Cosby for career advice and similar things and then were attacked. I am not blaming the victim as nothing they did caused their rape. If his behavior was as widespread known do you really think that many women would go to him for career counseling. For a while, I did have a hard time thinking none of these victims would report him to police earlier. My thinking was with this many women one surely would have felt comfortable enough to pursue a criminal claim in time. Then I slowly realized how much of a sociopath he is. He hid his actions well and these women were all scared to death of how to prove the crime. I never met the man, I just liked his shows and humor at the time, imagine if you knew him and he helped you out how hard it would be.

      • Amy Tennant says:

        This. I’ve been here with a former boss and mentor who was my hero. He got caught with child porn. I’d trusted him completely. Sociopaths can be very charming and charismatic.

      • Elisha says:

        It wasn’t a secret around set though, and he didn’t keep it far from the show. Ive read several accounts about women being lead into his dressing room BY Cosby staff, knowing full well what was happening. He very much did it on set and did it publicly.

      • Colette says:

        @Elisha ,Knowing a man is a womanizer and knowing a man is a rapist is two different things.I have male relatives who are hoes but to my knowledge they are not drugging and raping women.I haven’t read any account from a victim saying Cosby’s classmates knew he was drugging and raping women.

      • Andrea says:

        I and two of my friends dated the same sociopath. He preyed on women who looked similar (short height, shoulder length hair, same builds etc). He was very charming and was into everything you liked. He was also a professor who banged/attempted to bang his students. He was also accused of rape I found out after we broke up and he stalked me. In addition ladies, he claimed to be younger than he was so watch out men can lie about their age too. He is 38 now but claims he is 27-30. I think he claims the younger age since he prefers women 18-21. Since he is short, 5″6″ and isn’t aging poorly or greying, he gets away with it.

  3. LB says:

    I don’t even know how the cast members reconcile it. He was their leader or father figure. He gave them a job, he helped support them during that time period in other ways, and it’s likely none of them were exposed to this other side of him. But at this point, it’s hard to ignore all these accounts and the damage he’s done to other people’s lives. Other than Rashad, I have seen them all struggling to make sense of it.

    • K says:

      I think what the public always needs to keep in minds with most of the cast, sans rashad, is that they were children even if they were teenagers they were children they wouldn’t have been exposed to this. They would have only seen the calculated father figure so this has to be confusing and painful. Their silence is the most respectful thing they can do. To ask them to speak is unfair in a way, I mean Kesha and rayvon where under the age of 12 what do you think they possibly could know and to say anything about the man they knew which was probably just like the man we saw on TV would appear disrespectful to the victims.

      Now rashad can eat a box of hats she knows better and what she said was inexcusable. She should have stfu.

      • Yup, Me says:

        Yes, most of the cast were children or teenagers when a lot of this was going on. But some of Cosby’s victims were teenagers when he assaulted them.

    • Krista says:

      Agreed. It must be heartbreaking.

    • Shambles says:

      I really do feel sad for them, especially Raven. She was so, so young when she worked with him, and it must have rocked her entire world when she found out who he truly is.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Joseph C. Phillips (Bonet’s onscreen husband) also spoke out. See his July 13 blog post Of Course Bill Cosby is Guilty!

      • Colette says:

        Yet he didn’t believe the 30 women who came forward before his friend confided in him.So how is he any different than the other classmates?

      • notasugarhere says:

        If you read lower down you’ll see that I’m not supporting what he did or didn’t write or do, merely pointing out that he’s one of the few who has made an extended comment on this. Bedhead didn’t include his blog post in her set of “comments by co-stars” in the overall article, so I was adding it for reference.

  4. Eleonor says:

    She run away from that show…

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    If she doesn’t know anything about what happened, I understand why she wouldn’t comment. Nothing new to add. But it galls me to think of that pervert lecturing her on how to behave.

    • Kiddo says:

      “She’s a very straightforward person. If there was something she felt the world needed to know that would help this case or help any women who had been abused, she would say something.”

      You could still read a hella lot of ambiguity into that statement and also the one about pleading the fifth. She doesn’t say, “Nothing untoward ever happened, period.” She just says there’s nothing that she could say that she believes would help victims.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        True. Interesting…

      • Malificent says:

        I read it as Zoe not wanting to put words in her mother’s mouth. And her mother may not have had any information. It sounds like Cosby kept his life very compartmentalized.

      • Kitten says:

        I absolutely believe that while Bonet may have suspected something untoward was happening with Cosby, he likely never made any direct advances towards her.

        We know from Cosby’s pattern of behavior that he generally preyed upon women that were outside of his network, women who were in a position of needing/wanting something from him, and women who were not generally big name stars. He wouldn’t consider targeting any core member of the cast of the Cosby Show. He knew better than to go there with someone he would have to see at work the next day.

      • notasugarhere says:

        From what I remember, neither Tempestt Bledsoe nor Sabrina Le Beauf have said anything either. At this point, not issuing a simple “no comment” makes people suspicious.

      • Pinky says:

        Agreed. Her mom hasn’t told her anything except that she is disgusted. I think Bonet had a run in, got paid to be silent and she split. She has never spoken about her time on the show since she left. Not once. Probably part of the deal that she not address what happened between them. There were some really bad feelings involved. If she were to say what is really on her mind, she’d probably get sued for breaking some confidentiality something or other. I respect Bonet. She has lived more truthfly and close to her values than most.

      • justagirl says:

        Interesting point. Tho it was such public knowledge, basically demonizing her several times for her choices & sexuality…. His lectures may have had an unexpected “icky” vibe, the kind of thing you subconsciously pick up on but can’t put words to.

        I could totally see that. And it would leave her with no direct experiences & no inside knowledge….but just a weird creepy pervert feeling from him getting off on lecturing her.

    • Algernon says:

      That’s what kicked all this off. Hannibel Burress’s comedy set where mocked Cosby for telling young black men how to dress and behave.

      “‘Pull your pants up, black people, I had a sitcom in the 80′s!’ Yeah but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so take it down a few notches.”

      It’s worth looking up on Youtube, if you haven’t already.

      • Amy Tennant says:

        Notasugar, I think Tempestt told a disturbing story of Cosby’s making double-entendres to her when she was a young age.

      • notasugarhere says:

        From what I can find the Bledsoe stuff only shows up on one gossip site from 2014, and most of what is on there is lies. That same site claims another Cosby person filed charges – that was proven false.

        I haven’t been able to find anything verifiable from her or le Beauf. As of a USA Today article in July 2015, neither appears to have spoken.

      • Amy Tennant says:

        I think I saw it in a number of places when it first broke, but that doesn’t mean anything, either. Probably a lot of these gossip places (NOT US!) borrow from each other all the time, even if it’s something completely fabricated. For some reason, I thought the story was more credible than it seems to be. My apologies for being a bad, bad librarian who didn’t evaluate her sources properly!

      • notasugarhere says:

        It is difficult to verify a lot of the craziness going on around this story! I would have believed that thing from 2014 too, except much much more would have been made of Bledsoe’s comments if they had been verified. Like the fake twitter account that had Bonet-like philosophical statements on it. That had a lot of people believing until it was proven false.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    I hope Phylicia really regrets what she said in support of him. She was well respected, but tossed it all away with those comments.
    I hope Lisa feels a bit vindicated, seeing his facade crumble after the way he treated her.

  7. Prairiegirl says:

    Cosby didn’t “apparently disapprove” – he publicly slut shamed her at the time. I’m Bonet’s age, I remember how appalled I was that he felt it was ok to publicly slam a COLLEAGUE about her sex life and her professional choices. So yeah, he’s not just a sick f**k, but also a hypocrite.

    • mia girl says:

      ^^^^
      This

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Right? Such a hypocrite. But we now know that he sees women in such a twisted way – weak “sluts” that are his for the taking, or weak, intentionally blind women like his wife. He makes me sick.

    • Jen43 says:

      IIRC, he tried to ruin her personal and professional reputation. It was like he wanted her to never work again. As a fan of the show, I was upset that she left because I liked her storyline. At the time i remember thinking that she made a dumb career move. I bet she has no regrets, though.

      • layla says:

        I have always wondered about the way she left the show and the aftermath that Cosby laid out directly at her – personally and professionally. She has also never ever wanted anything to do with that part of her life… #thingsthatmakeyougohmmmmmmmmm

        She was my very first girl crush.

        Just saw Yeses comment below… and absolutely agree!

      • Carolina says:

        That sounds very similar to what Janis Ian said he did to her:

        “Ian wrote that when she was 16, she was invited onto The Smothers Brothers Hour to perform her 1966 hit ‘Society’s Child.’ Ian was receiving threats at the time for singing a song about interracial romance, and before the taping, exhaustion and nervousness overtook her and she fell asleep in her chaperone’s arms.

        Ian went on to say that she received a message from her manager after the show, saying that Cosby saw her sleeping and decided to warn other shows not to have her on. Though she later appeared with Johnny Carson, Ian wrote that Cosby’s rumor insinuated that she was ‘not suitable family entertainment’ was probably a lesbian, and shouldn’t be on television.”

  8. Yeses says:

    There is a part of me that is 100% convinced that Cosby hurt Lisa Bonet, something in her body language when asked about him, the way she avoids him, even during cast reunions or in interviews, she avoids mentioning him…..something happened there and he hurt her, I would not be surprised if she was one of his victims sadly….maybe that’s why he thought he could tell her who to date/why she shouldn’t get pregnant/romp around naked…in his screwed up, twisted mind, Cosby possibly considered Lisa “his”.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      This is what I thought, too. She’s one of his victims.

      • Kiddo says:

        She’s definitely a victim, maybe not of sexual assault, maybe so, but did he blackball her in Hollywood after making her own decisions on acting gigs? Aside from the psychopathy in drugging and raping women, you read accounts of him just being an all around douchebag in the business. Before all of his drugging allegations really registered with me, I saw him on Letterman, and he was unfunny and generally a very unpleasant person, asserting control, with Letterman uncomfortably fake-laughing at his shit. I thought, at the time, that maybe Bill was ill and cranky since he looked so old, but now I think he just opened the window into his own soul.

      • Amy Tennant says:

        I’m not sure that he molested her (although sadly it wouldn’t surprise me if he did), because she was a long-time costar on his show. I think because she was a long-time coworker that he had to see every day, that it would have been too risky. Easier to attack a random woman he didn’t bump into much. Lisa would have been risky for him. I also believe (or hope) Lisa would have TOLD. She probably heard things, because she was about the same age as many other victims. Although maybe that was the real reason she got shuffled off to A Different World, either because she was a victim or because she knew too much. I’m actually surprised none of the girls from that show have come forward.

        Even if he never touched her, she’s a victim, and so are the other actors on the show. They’re all victimized by his hypocrisy.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I agree with Kiddo that he victimized her by damaging her career. She was very young and it probably hurt her to have him publicly berate her. It would surprise me if he sexually assaulted someone he worked with so regularly, but then it would maybe explain some things, too. I don’t know what to think about that.

    • BNA FN says:

      I’m with you Yeses I believe Lisa knows more than she is allowed to say. If she knows nothing why would she not tell her daughter how it was instead of taking the fifth. I’m wondering is BC paid her off not to say anything about what he has done to her when she was on the show. I just always believed Lisa was hurt by BC. I belive he came on to her and that caused that rift that she never forgave. I could be wrong but ….

      • Kiddo says:

        I’m not sure I would buy the paid off part. Threats, yes. I think he did some damage to her career in the past. And if she did say something happened, she likely thinks it probably wouldn’t help the victims because people would be outraged that 1. She never reported it back then and 2. Just like the other victims, she’d be a liar looking for attention or money.

        Or maybe she had an inkling of something going on behind the scenes, but he was powerful? So many scenarios. But the absence of an unequivocal, “Nothing Happened”, it leads to a lot of speculation.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Have you read Joseph C. Phillips (Bonet’s onscreen husband) July 13 blog post Of Course Bill Cosby is Guilty!

        It was obvious to Phillips, a bit player, that there was something going on. What was going on wasn’t clear until Phillips had a personal encounter that opened his eyes.

        I don’t agree with or support all of what Phillips wrote, but he’s one of the few who has written/said something extensive about this.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        She most likely knows more than she wants to say publicly but it’s entirely possible that whatever she would have to say would be similar to what Joseph C. Phillips wrote. Which was not much until you factor in his encounter with the woman years later. Then it all came together but until then his impression was “Cosby f*cks around, everyone knows it.” Which makes him an a** but not a criminal. Phillips also wrote that his perspective as a young, single man probably made him look at the situation differently. I imagine kids or young women would not see all the things he saw.

    • bettyrose says:

      Didn’t Angel Heart get her kicked off the Cosby Show? Not sure why but I recall as a kid thinking Bonet had been kicked off the show for being too sexual in other contexts. I.e. Not primetime family material by 80s tv standards. My guess would be that Cosby didn’t physically abuse any of the cast members, but that he was sickeningly controlling of them, and she probably never felt her sexuality was his business.
      Aside: Angel Heart was an awesome slumber party flick.

    • Cynthia says:

      I don’t think she’s one of the victims, but as someone said in the comments he public slut shamed her and embarassed her. That’s why she rightyly has always been so distant an has avoided him so much.
      This really shows what kind of despicable person he is.
      Crazy how the most judgmental people are often those who sin more behind the scenes right?

      • Christin says:

        I think her distance is more about the career stifling he did to her at such a young age.

        Residuals or not, she likely planned to work longer, and was basically branded by the most powerful person on TV at the time.

    • Pinky says:

      She has never done a cast reunion. Not once. Where are you coming from?

  9. K says:

    This comment is perfect. She doesn’t feel she can add anything to help the victims so she is staying quite if that doesn’t say everything.

    Of all the cast Lisa’s silence has spoken the loudest, she is the one you waited to hear from after everything that man did say about her and put her through. I will always wonder if more happened but frankly it’s none of my business and I will say that Lisa’s daughter/Lisa gave the perfect response to this mess.

  10. Original T.C. says:

    I’m on Lisa’s side on whatever she decides is the best way to approach this. She was a young woman who was publication slut-shamed by a man who she looked up to and who we all assumed was a family figure to her. A man with lots of power in Hollywood. Many young actresses had to go through the stupid demeaning horror movies to later get serious roles. Cosby speaking out made her seem like an exception and made others in Hollywood back off from hiring her. It had to have had huge psychological and self-esteem effects on her. What a piece of trash pill Cosby is.

  11. Lindy79 says:

    That NYTimes article and the videos from the women are still with me two weeks later. It was heartbreaking, infuriating, disgusting…

  12. alice says:

    Pleading the Fifth could only mean that she knows things and maybe she was a victim too. Otherwise she would have tell her daughter that she knows nothing/she was not touched by him. Pleading he fifth means she doesn’t want to talk about it.

    • Birdix says:

      That choice of phrase stopped me too, because why would she not answer the question so that she wouldn’t incriminate herself? I ended up thinking her daughter’s using it some kind of colloquial way, or doesn’t know what it means.

  13. Sheila says:

    all his victims so far have been random unknowns or women who weren’t that famous at the time but got famous later. He chose them deliberately, for example, he *asked* for modeling agencies to send him girls whose careers weren’t going well or he picked victims he was never going to see again, like flight attendants. He’s a creep but he’s never been stupid. He wouldn’t attack a high profile co star he would have to work with every day.

    But I think she saw something eh didn’t want her to see.

    • Ginger212 says:

      you’re forgetting Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson. Dickinson was at the top of her fame at the time. And Johnson was a HUGE star in the modelling world (especially as a woman of color) when he drugged her.

  14. Ctkat1 says:

    I think everyone on set knew that he cheated on his wife- the actor who played Martin (Denise’s husband) wrote an essay and said it was an open secret on set, the entire cast and crew knew. So they all knew he was a horndog and a cheater, but that’s very different than being a serial rapist. I’m sure he didn’t “poop where he ate” so to speak, so he didn’t drug and rape any of the women who worked on the show.
    Which means all the actors knew he cheated, but also didn’t know about the dragging and raping.

    • bettyrose says:

      It’s easy to lose respect for someone who openly cheats, but its’s not illegal or necessarily predatory. If the spouse already knows (and his did), what are you going to do about it? I tend to believe that the cast didn’t know at the time that he was a rapist, but have probably known for years and prepared their responses a long time ago.

  15. HippieGrrl says:

    I really struggle with the whole situation because Cosby was, like, the greatest thing in the world to me as a child. I was obsessed with the Cosby show, I loved the old Fat Albert cartoons, and Cosby comedy tapes were all we listened to on family road trips. My family has constantly quoted his routines for years. He brought so much joy into my life. I feel betrayed. And I feel guilt because I don’t want to let go of the things that he created that I loved so much.

    I have heard people say, you can separate the art from the artist- that it is still possible to find joy in the art while being disappointed/upset by the creator… I just don’t know. The whole situation is disgusting.

    • Amy Tennant says:

      I’m with you, HippieGrrl– from Picture Pages to Fat Albert to the Cosby Show to listening to his old standup on honest-to-goodness vinyl records that my mom had. I loved his work. But now I can’t even watch or listen anymore. He makes my skin crawl.

    • idsmith says:

      I feel exactly the same as you HippieGrrl.

    • Merritt says:

      I think it is difficult to separate in his case. Especially with The Cosby Show. On the show his character was an OB/GYN. A doctor who women are supposed to be able to trust with their bodies.

  16. Izzy says:

    My theory is this: Lisa Bonet ran off and married Lenny Kravitz. She didn’t tell Cosby ahead of time, didn’t invite him to the wedding, etc.

    I think this ENRAGED Cosby. Truly. He’s a control freak, and he really was controlling of the younger cast members. Then she goes and does her own thing, just as she’s approaching the age where he might prey on her. Now she has a loving husband who would likely beat Cosby senseless if he tried to mess with Lisa. Now Lisa is in bed with a man who isn’t Cosby. I think it all pissed him off so much. And so he pushed her right out the door and off the show.

    *adjusts tinfoil hat*

    But really, I do think that her going off to do movies of her own choosing, marrying a man of her own choosing without getting Cosby’s blessing, had everything to do with how she was treated. Why she won’t discuss it now, I’m not sure. Probably because she is a class act, and because it involves her ex-husband, with whom she has a now-grown child.

    • Tara says:

      I also … [adjusting tinfoil hat] … think there may have been an argument in which Cosby tried to shame her, and she wasn’t having it. I.e., “Are YOU talking to ME, you horny old man?! If so, you can stuff it. I see all those women ushered in and out of your room, and so does the rest of the cast and staff. So it would be best if you shut YOUR mouth NOW.”

      Ok. I’m projecting. That’s what I would’ve likely said.

  17. Merritt says:

    It could just be that Lisa doesn’t know anything specific. Like the actor who played her husband, she knew that Cosby was a bad guy. And in Lisa’s case Cosby went out of his way to hurt her career. He publicly shamed her for Angel Heart, her love life, and her appearance. He acted like he was giving her a gift when she was on the show after all of that.

    She hasn’t worked much since The Cosby Show ended. Now because of Cosby’s choices, she and the other actors no longer are earning residuals from reruns.

    Here is an article that breaks down how residuals work. http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/ive-always-wondered/how-do-actors-make-money-residuals

    But it is fair to point out that most of the cast was not making anywhere near what the “Friends” cast was making per episode.

  18. TripleThreat says:

    Not buying what you’re selling Zo. Come on, Lisa is absolutely gorge. She’s also smart as hell. She’s staying mum for now because she has an investment in doing so. She’ll wait, so we’re gonna have to wait. I believe the truth would send Lenny Kravitz over the edge. She’ll wait ’til Cosby croaks. Even then, even though Kravitz did cheat on her, so sure it’s wiser to act shocked. You know something went on with Cosby. Especially since LeeLee is so special. You don’t just score Kravitz and Momoa unless you’ve got something going on. Don’t some of US have a shrine devoted to her as “Our Lady of Snagging Mortal Sex Gods”?
    When the news broke of Cosby’s indescrections, immediately thought of “Notre Dame de….”. What a great year this true beauty must be experiencing in comeuppance and schadenfreude.

  19. MSat says:

    I always saw Lisa Bonet as the renegade cast member – she really does let it all hang out. If she had witnessed or experienced anything sinister with Cosby, she would have shouted it from the rooftops.

    Also: does Lisa Bonet ever age? Good god, the woman is still sexy as hell.

  20. PsychoCat says:

    Not to disrespect all the Cosby horror but how unbelievably beautiful are Lisa and Zoe?

  21. Heat says:

    Interesting photo of Cosby and Elmo. I wonder if Bill and Kevin Clash ever swapped notes. Both of them are pretty happy about the ole Statute of Limitations rule right about now.