- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Joseph C. Phillips, the actor who player Bill Cosby’s son-in-law Martin Kendall on “The Cosby Show,” penned a blog post this week coming out against his former idol, saying he long refused to believe the numerous rape allegations until a woman they both used to work with told him her first-account experience with the embattled comedian.

“After my father, Bill Cosby was the man I aspired to be,” Mr. Phillips, 53, wrote. “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.”

“When I joined the cast of the Cosby Show in 1989, it seemed to be common knowledge that Bill played around. 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,” he continued.

“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. I was 28, healthy, single, and horny as hell! You will forgive me if I wasn’t really focused on Bill during the parades,” Mr. Phillips wrote.

The actor shares that, though he’d never seen Mr. Cosby engage in any “inappropriate behavior,” the avalanche of rape allegations that began surfacing last year left him feeling “increasingly disturbed.” Mr. Phillips said it was a chance meeting with Mr. Cosby’s former female mentee, who admitted that Mr. Cosby had violated “her body and her trust,” that changed his perspective.

“I battled my emotions. I felt for my friend, for the violation of her trust, loyalty and body. I was angry with Bill,” Mr. Phillips wrote. “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.”

Mr. Phillips ended the post with a plea, 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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