A “Cosby Show” co-star is sounding off about Bill Cosby and the numerous rape allegations against the comedian. Joseph C. Phillips, who played Denise Huxtable’s (Lisa Bonet) husband Lt. Martin Kendall, took to his blog Monday (July 13) to write about his experience working with the man who was once his idol and to say that he believes Cosby is guilty.
In a post entitled “Of Course Bill Cosby is Guilty,” Phillips starts by praising Cosby before getting into the allegations. “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,” he writes.
When Cosby started being publicly accused of raping and assaulting over 25 women throughout the years, Phillips admits he became upset.
“As the accusations began to increase, I became increasingly disturbed,” Phillips says. “I was fairly certain that some of the women were lying through their teeth, but certainly not all of them. Discovering that the man you idolize may be a serial rapist is a bit traumatic. I don’t imagine it is anything near to the trauma of the alleged victims. Nevertheless, I found it unsettling.”
While Phillips alleges it was well known on set that Cosby slept around with the “parade” of women, he never suspected anything more sinister was going on. Everything changed for Phillips when he reconnected with a female friend from his “Cosby Show” days and asked her if the comedian ever acted inappropriately with her.
“Through tears, she told me her story. She cursed him for violating both her trust and her body,” Phillips says of the victim. “She cursed herself for not being smarter, and for degrading herself in pursuit of success.”
Phillips says the experience talking with his female friend and the continuous allegations have made him “angry” for putting Cosby on a pedestal. He ends his blog post by dishing out some advice for his former idol.
“Bill, you have a family who loves you, a wife who is devoted to you; you have more money than you can spend,” he writes. “Please, go live a quiet country life. Allow those of us who truly love you to preserve just a bit of our enchantment.”