If Bill Cosby is looking for support from his former co-stars on NBC’s landmark sitcom “The Cosby Show,” he apparently won’t be getting it from onetime “Cosby Kid” Lisa Bonet.
Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable on the mega-hit show starting at age 16 and later starred on its spinoff “A Different World,” opened up about Cosby’s dark side during a wide-ranging interview with Net-a-Porter. The cover feature arrives just as Cosby is gearing up for his retrial in Pennsylvania on sexual assault charges.
“Have the revelations about Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual misconduct tainted her memory of those years?” Sanjiv Bhattacharya writes in the cover story. “She looks evenly at me. ‘No, it’s exactly as I remember it,’ she says. But did you have a sense that anything was happening? ‘There was no knowledge on my part about his specific actions, but… There was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed.’”
The writer then asks, “You sensed a darkness?” and Bonet replies: “Always. And if I had anything more to reveal then it would have happened a long time ago. That’s my nature. The truth will set you free.”
Bonet had a series of high-profile clashes with Cosby during their “Cosby Show” days, but at the time those clashes tended to be framed in terms of a protective father figure looking out for his spirited young protege.
“Bonet was branded a rebel who tested the patience of the most popular sitcom dad in the country,” Bhattacharya writes. “She showed up late on set and posed topless in Interview magazine, contrary to his wishes. Cosby famously opposed her role in ‘Angel Heart,’ in which she performed a nude sex scene with Mickey Rourke.”
Commenting again on Cosby’s current situation, Bonet adds: “I don’t need to say, ‘I told you so.’ I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to Net-a-Porter to read the full interview piece.
“The Cosby Show” (NBC)