Joseph C. Phillips, who played Bill Cosby’s son-in-law Lt. Martin Kendall on “The Cosby Show,” says that he is not skeptic about the accusations imposed on Cosby regarding his inappropriate behavior.
Joseph Phillips says he had refused to believe the rape allegations, but that was until a colleague who Cosby and Phillips used to work with shared her firsthand experience.
In an essay titled “Of course Bill Cosby is guilty!” Phillips writes, “I owe much of who I am to Bill Cosby, so the idea of love seems to fall short of exactly how I feel. It may be that I need more than one word: Adulation! Regard! Devotedness! And yet, I remain inarticulate.
“While growing up, I watched everything Bill Cosby did. My father had several of his comedy albums; I memorized them backwards and forwards.
“Bill Cosby was more than a comedian. Bill was my idea of a great man — a great Black man! He was good looking, talented, smart, and he was fearless. 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.”
According to NEWS.com.au, Phillips said that Cosby was cheating on his wife, Camille.
Phillips wrote, “Bill sleeping around was a fact that, like, the air, seemed to just be. There was also the seeming unending parade of pretty young women that streamed through the studio. In fact, that is what some of us called it — the parade. Light skinned. ‘Good’ hair. One prettier than the next.
“So, in 1989, my attitude was that if Bill was cheating on Camille, I am fairly certain Camille knew. Hey, if everyone who claimed to know actually knew, then certainly Camille knew, and had long ago made her peace with it.”
Meanwhile, several people criticized Camille over how she could support her husband in light of the controversy.
camille cosby stands by her RAPIST husband .. she is WEAK & DISGUSTING —–> http://t.co/BBwik4Y7mP
— Jae Creitch (@JaeCreitch) July 13, 2015
RT DubOnDaBeatz: Bill probably been slipping Camille Cosby quaaludes since they met.
— Renaud RT Bot (@renaudrtbot) July 13, 2015
I heard Stockholm Syndrome was suffering from Camille Cosby.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 12, 2015
Cosby has been accused of rape and sexual assault by more than 25 women. Despite the allegations, he maintains he is innocent. He has also not been criminally charged.
On Tuesday, Whoopi Goldberg had changed her stance regarding the comedian on her show “The View,” saying that, “If this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, I got to say all of the information that’s out there kind of points to guilt,” as reported by CNN.
Phillips ended his post by 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.”
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