Bill Cosby continues to lose support following accusations of his infidelity and rape. Joseph C. Phillips played Lt. Martin Kendall on “The Cosby Show” and says he loves and has long admired Bill Cosby but wrote an essay condemning the man.
In an essay posted on his site 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.
Phillips, who co-starred on Cosby’s hit NBC show for three years, says he was troubled when allegations of wrongdoing by his former boss started making headlines last year.
“As the accusations began to increase, I became increasingly disturbed,” Phillips says in his piece. “I was fairly certain that some of the women were lying through their teeth, but certainly not all of them.”
Phillips says, that he reconnected with a former female friend whom he remembered had been mentored by Cosby. The actor says the unidentified woman became tearful after he asked her about Cosby and she “cursed him for violating both her trust and her body.”
Another one of his former supporters is now backing away from the hot mess that is Cosby’s life right now.
Whoopi Goldberg admitted on The View that her defense of Bill Cosby has attracted a wave of backlash from viewers. Now, the actress is changing her mind by saying “if this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, then all of the info out there kind of points to guilt.”
“I always thought they [the women] would have the opportunity to take him to court,” Goldberg told ABC News’ chief legal analyst Dan Abrams, who appeared on the show to discuss the legal ramifications of all these accusations against the 77-year-old comedian. “As a serial rapist, why is he still on the streets? How is that possible?”
Goldberg broke down the facts of Cosby’s allegations with ABC News’ Abrams.
FoxNews reported that a source closely connected to ABC told FOX411 that Goldberg’s new take was the result of pressure from network honchos.
“ABC put pressure on her to back down in a big way as they were inundated with anti-Whoopi [complaints]. Execs were putting hard pressure on her, that’s the reason she backed down,” the insider revealed.
In related news, President Obama, at a White House press conference, said that there was no way to revoke the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women. Obama declined to address those allegations.
Then he said: “I’ll say this. If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”
Angela Rose, executive director of the victims group PAVE behind a petition to revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, said “The Medal of Freedom embodies our nation’s values. Allowing Cosby to maintain this coveted symbol suggests that we as a society support coercive sexual behavior. Revoking the medal will send a powerful message to America’s youth about the critical importance of consent, which is a freely given, enthusiastic, verbal and sober ‘yes,’ not the absence of a ‘no.‘”
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