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03/09/2018 05:08 pm ET Updated Mar 13, 2018

Lisa Bonet Says Bill Cosby Always Had A ‘Sinister, Shadow Energy’

The actress is speaking out for the first time since the allegations against the comedian were made.
Lisa Bonet said she never knew about any "specific actions" on the part of Bill Cosby.
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Lisa Bonet said she never knew about any "specific actions" on the part of Bill Cosby.

Actress Lisa Bonet has been tight-lipped in the wake of dozens of sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, who played her father on TV in “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World.”

That is, until now.

In a story for PorterEdit, Bonet said she had no prior knowledge of Cosby’s alleged behavior, but added that the comedian emitted some seriously negative vibes when she worked with him.

“There was just energy,” the actress said. “And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed.”

When asked specifically if she “sensed darkness” from Cosby, Bonet said, “Always.”

Cosby, 80, and Bonet, 50, were rumored to have a bad professional relationship, and a 1986 interview Bonet did with David Letterman didn’t alleviate suspicions. When Letterman asked the then-19-year-old Bonet why she would want to leave the popular sitcom “The Cosby Show” for its spinoff, “A Different World,” the actress responded with: “They told me to?” 

The cast of “The Cosby Show” for season 1: (clockwise from top left) Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, Malcol
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The cast of “The Cosby Show” for season 1: (clockwise from top left) Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore "Theo" Huxtable, Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable, (center) Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable.

Bonet also sparked a media uproar when she starred in 1987’s “Angel Heart,” in which she had a controversial sex scene with Mickey Rourke. The part starkly clashed with the squeaky-clean image of Denise Huxtable, Bonet’s character on “The Cosby Show.”

Cosby told Ebony in 1987 that he and Bonet had “very, very strong conversations” and “Lisa knows that if I’m upset about something, like, say MAD, I don’t bite my tongue.”

Bonet was eventually fired from “The Cosby Show” for creative differences and did not appear in the finale.

When Net-a-Porter asked Bonet if the allegations against Cosby have tainted her memories of working on the show, her response offered a new degree of poignancy.

“No, it’s exactly as I remember it,” she said.

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