"Forget those women," she purportedly told Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman on Tuesday.
"And that was a misquote," she told ABC News in an interview on Wednesday. "What I said is this is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of a legacy."
She added, "I am a woman. I would never say such a thing."
Gloria Allred, in a conference Wednesday with three new accusers, called Rashad out, saying, "Phylicia, you should be supportive of these women."
Friedman posted a clarification on his Showbiz 411 site, writing: "I did not misquote Phylicia Rashad. But she didn't mean for it to be taken the way it was, and I should have punctuated. There was NEVER the meaning in 'Forget those women' that she was saying to actually forget or dismiss then. She meant, 'those women aside' - as in, she's not talking about that, she's talking about Cosby's legacy being destroyed."
Friedman says that no one asked him to post a clarification, but he made the decision to take down the quote: "It was conversational. Somehow this got twisted. I am really sorry if the way I presented it made it seem like either one of us was forgetting anyone. I've been at a hospice on and off for 10 says with a family friend of 40 years. So really, let's all calm down. What Phylicia was doing was defending her friend and his legacy. That's what she said, that's what I wrote, I'm sorry if it caused her grief. And no one asked me to write this. I'm just saying it because I like and respect her."