Joseph C. Phillips, the actor who portrayed Denise Huxtable’s husband Martin on The Cosby Show, released a blog on his personal website yesterday regarding his thoughts on the Bill Cosby rape allegations.
Entitled, “Of Course Bill Cosby is Guilty!”, the blog post first discusses Phillips’ admiration for Cosby as a mentor, friend, and fellow actor.
“I love Bill Cosby! Honestly, that phrase may not be enough to sufficiently describe my feelings for Bill,” Phillips begins, “He was my boyhood idol. His influence on my life has been profound.”
While Joseph’s blog continues with adoration and what he feels is an ineptitude in expressing it, it is further in that he divulges the burden of being associated with Cosby as rape allegations begin to surface.
“As the story broke, I had dozens of people reach out to me asking me if the stories were true. I was low man on the totem pole. I can’t imagine how inundated with inquiries were Malcolm Jamal Warner or Phylicia Rashad. It must have been hell for them. It was no picnic for me. Everyone wanted to know if my idol (Bill Cosby) was guilty,” Phillips remarked.
Phillips goes on to explain that he came on to the already highly successful The Cosby Show in 1989. At the time, it was well known that Bill Cosby “played around” according to Phillips. Though Cosby’s indiscretions weren’t necessarily talked about, Phillips describes it as “like, the air, seemed to just be. You didn’t have to see it or hear it to know it existed.”
Though Phillips goes on to describe Cosby’s infidelity as something he never personally witnessed nor does he express any firsthand knowledge of rape by Cosby, it is the story of an interaction with someone he describes as “an old friend” who shared her own personal story of Cosby’s attack on her that left Phillips “brokenhearted.”
Phillips admitted he was disturbed by the multitude of allegations that began to develop, but it was this one in particular that helped him to see the validity of some of the accusations.
“I felt for my friend, for the violation of her trust, loyalty, and body. I was angry with Bill (Cosby). 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.”
As new information came out last week regarding an old court case in which Bill Cosby admitted drugging women, even previous staunch supporters of Cosby such as Whoopi Goldberg and Phillips’ The Cosby Show daughter Raven-Symone are backpedaling regarding the 77-year-old and the rape allegations that surround him.
Joseph C. Phillips ended his blog with a plea for Cosby to “Please go live a quiet country life.” While his request for Cosby to take a bow may seem like an effort to end the fight Cosby and his wife Camille have put forth in speaking out against Cosby’s accusers, a vision of Cosby riding off into the sunset is most likely not the perceived appropriate justice Cosby’s alleged rape victims were hoping for.
To view Joseph C. Phillips’ Bill Cosby blog post in its entirety, click here.
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