Former 'Cosby Show' Actor: "Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty!"
"Bill, you have a family who loves you, a wife who is devoted to you; you have more money than you can spend. Please, go live a quiet country life. Allow those of us who truly love you to preserve just a bit of our enchantment."
Following the recent revelation that Bill Cosby offered women Quaaludes for sex, former The Cosby Show actor Joseph C. Phillips has stepped up to declare that the rape allegations against his childhood idol are true.
In a blog post titled "Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty!" Phillips, who played Cosby's son-in-law Martin Kendall on the series, recalls his admiration for the comedian as a young actor and divulges details of private things he learned while on set.
"He was my boyhood idol. His influence on my life has been profound. I owe much of who I am to Bill Cosby, so the idea of love seems to fall short of exactly how I feel," begins the post. "The Cos was a ladies man, but also good father and husband — devoted to his wife and children. Bill was educated; he collected art and was fluent in jazz. After my father, Bill Cosby was the man I aspired to be. Few get an opportunity to meet their idol, much less work with them. I was blessed in that regard, and even more blessed that I found my idol as clever, kind and brilliant as I had imagined."
Phillips writes that upon first joining The Cosby Show, "It seemed to be common knowledge that Bill played around."
"When I say common knowledge, I mean that it was just something that people seemed to know without anyone saying anything. Bill sleeping around was a fact that, like, the air, seemed to just be. You didn’t have to see it or hear it to know that it existed. ... There was also the seeming unending parade of pretty young women that streamed through the studio."
The actor shares that, though he'd never seen Cosby drug any women, the increasing number of rape allegations that began surfacing in 2014 left him feeling "increasingly disturbed." It was a chance meeting with Cosby's former female mentee, who admitted that Cosby had violated "her body and her trust," that brought the situation into perspective.
"I battled my emotions. I felt for my friend, for the violation of her trust, loyalty and body. I was angry with Bill," he writes. "He had money, fame and power; he was a walking aphrodisiac! Why? I was also angry at myself for falling for the okey-doke, of putting Bill on a pedestal."
Phillips ends the post with a plea, saying: "The good Bill has done over the years is real and enduring. I am not prepared to simply dismiss his brilliance, his wisdom, or his legacy. ... It is with all of the love I still have for him and the reverence of one who has idolized him for a lifetime that I offer this plea. Bill, you have a family who loves you, a wife who is devoted to you; you have more money than you can spend. Please, go live a quiet country life. Allow those of us who truly love you to preserve just a bit of our enchantment."
Read the full post on Phillips' blog.