One of Bill Cosby’s former costars has spoken out about the controversy surrounding Cosby, and his remarks are damning.
Joseph C. Phillips, who played Cosby’s son-in-law on The Cosby Show, wrote a powerful blog post about the rape allegations surrounding Cosby that he titled “Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty!” In it, Phillips details his experience working for Cosby, who he calls his idol.
“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 a 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 also says that it was “common knowledge that Bill played around” on the show’s set.
“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.”
Phillips says a chance meeting with one of Cosby’s former mentees, a woman who says “her body and her trust” were violated by the comedian and longtime TV star, made him start rethinking his opinion of Cosby in recent years. He ends the post with a passionate plea to Cosby, 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.”