Carroll Baker – one of the last living stars of Hollywood’s golden age – called Bill Cosby’s prison sentence “a sin” and criticized the dozens of women who accused him of rape in a interview a day before his sexual assault conviction was overturned last week.
Baker, 90, who is best known for her lead role in the 1956 movie Baby Doll, expressed her support for Cosby on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, which was taped June 29 and released Tuesday.
The outlet reported that Baker uninvited about the struggling comedian, saying, “My heart is broken for Bill Cosby.
“Bill Cosby didn’t deserve, at his age and in the condition he’s in.… He’s a wonderful human being, absolutely wonderful, and I can’t stand being in jail.”
Carroll Baker (left in 2011 and right in 1965) – one of the last living stars of Hollywood’s golden age – called Bill Cosby’s prison sentence a “sin” and criticized the dozens of women who accused him of rape in an interview a day before his sexual assault conviction was overturned last week
Cosby was released from prison – three years after his 10-year sentence – on June 30 after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. He is pictured returning home after his release
“I don’t think it’s his fault,” she added. Besides saying he was “wonderful”, she also called Cosby a “very sexy man”.
Baker went so far as to blame the roughly 60 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault.
“They did it on purpose. Why would you go to a secluded place with a man? Play pinochle? Boulanger asked.
“I’m sure they were all fascinated by him. I feel like this drink was just an aphrodisiac and he didn’t force them to take it, he just offered it to them. And I think it’s a sin that he’s in prison.
The next day, Cosby was released from prison – three years after his 10-year sentence – after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
After his release, he tweeted that he had always claimed his innocence and thanked his fans, supporters and friends who supported him.
Carroll Baker, American actress, lying against a yellow surface, wearing a white nightgown, surrounded by pieces of foliage, in a studio portrait, circa 1960
Baker, 90, is one of the last living members of Hollywood’s golden age, best known for starring in Baby Doll in 1956, earning her a nomination for Best Actress at the Oscars.
Baker also expressed his anger at women who “go back years ago and ruin a man’s career.”
She shared her own experience in the industry: “I was only asked once to lie on the casting couch and I just walked out the door.”
“Why the hell do you let a man do this to you?” She continued. “I wouldn’t let a man do this to me. If he scolded me, I would tell him how ugly and disgusting and dirty he was, and I would walk away from me and I would hate you, and hit him if I could.
“We are not in the 18th century when we wore creole skirts. Women, stand up for yourself and stop playing like you’re such a little girl!
Baker didn’t share the same warm feelings for Cosby and disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, calling him a “maniac” who deserved to be in jail.
Baker won a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in Baby Doll.
Other movie credits include The Big Country, How the West Was Won, and Cheyenne Autumn.
She doesn’t appear to share any acting credits with Cosby, although he was an executive consultant on Grand, a two-season sitcom from the 1990s in which she played a recurring role for three episodes.
People took to social media to express their disappointment at the Hollywood legend’s comments.
“Carroll Baker, just like his career, is a joke,” said one user.
“Carroll Baker’s comments on Bill Cosby are really disgusting,” said another.
Jeremy Kinser joked, “It’s more disastrous than his performance at Harlow.”
Baker isn’t the first Hollywood legend to fight for Cosby after his The Cosby Show co-star celebrated the comedian’s exit last week.
Phylicia Rashad tweeted: “FINALLY! A terrible wrong is being righted – a miscarriage of justice is being corrected. ‘
The hashtag ‘ByePhilicia’ started trending after the star tweeted her post, eliciting an instant reaction.
Rashad, who has been Dean of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts since May, issued a creepy apology after outraged students demanded she be fired.
‘I apologize. I intend to earn your trust and forgiveness, ”Rashad wrote.
“My remarks were by no means directed at survivors of sexual assault. I vehemently oppose sexual violence and find no excuse for such behavior.
“Over the next few weeks, I plan to engage in active listening and participate in trainings to not only strengthen University protocol and conduct, but also to learn how I can become a stronger ally for survivors of sexual assault and all those who have suffered at the hands. of an aggressor. ‘
Rahsad sent this tweet after Cosby’s release – and conviction soon followed
Phylicia Rashad apologizes for her previous tweet from Bill Cosby in a letter to families at Howard University vowing to become a “stronger ally”