Former 'Cosby Show' Cast Member Says 'Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty'
Sexual assault allegations have been flying at Bill Cosby for months, yet Cosby has faced no legal consequences for his alleged sexual assaults.
But now, former "The Cosby Show" cast member Joseph C. Phillips wrote a blog post titled "Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty!"
Phillips played Cosby's son-in-law, Martin Kendall, on the show and idolized Cosby from a young age.
In the post, Phillips wrote,
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... 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.
However, Phillips recalls Cosby was constantly surrounded by young women while working on the show.
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.
Phillips recently ran into a woman who had ties to Cosby. He asked her if anything unsavory ever occurred, and, of course, it had.
'Back in the day,' I started. 'I remember that you knew Bill -- that he was like your mentor or something. Did he ever…' Before I finished the sentence, she began to cry. We spent the next two hours sitting on a bench talking. Through tears, she told me her story. She cursed him for violating both her trust and her body. She cursed herself for not being smarter, and for degrading herself in pursuit of success. I listened patiently. As she began to run out of steam, she turned to me. 'Do you believe me?'
Naturally, this changed Phillips' perspective of Cosby forever. However, he still has some "love" for his former costar, and in the post, Phillips begs Cosby to just keep out of the public eye.
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.
That is sound advice Cosby should heed.
Citations: Joseph C Phillips former Cosby Show cast member speaks out on allegations (New York Daily News)