An actor from the Cosby Show said he believes the allegations that Bill Cosby drugged and raped women.
Former actor Joseph C. Phillips, 53, wrote a lengthy blog post following the release of a previously private court deposition where Bill Cosby admit to drugging at least one woman he intended on having sex with.
Mr Phillips said he grew up idolising Mr Cosby and emulating his favorite comedian's style, but said it was common knowledge that the star was partying backstage. He also explained that an old friend told him that she was one of more than 40 victims coming forth with drug and rape allegations against Mr Cosby.
"Through tears, she told me her story. She cursed [Cosby] for violating both her trust and her body. She cursed herself for not being smarter, and for degrading herself in pursuit of success," he wrote.
“I felt for my friend, for the violation of her trust, loyalty, and body. I was angry with Bill. 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. Something changed inside me during that drive; call it the last gasp of a mocking bird.”
Bill Cosby strenuously denies the allegations and has not been charged of any wrongdoing. The comedian has denied previous claims, calling them "fantastical" and “uncorroborated".
Mr Phillips ends his post by asking Mr Cosby to stay out of the public life, and urging him to live quietly for the rest of his life.
“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.”