Joseph C. Phillips, the actor who played Cliff Huxtable's son-in-law Martin on the show, wrote a long blog entry yesterday titled "Of Course Bill Cosby is Guilty!” In it, Phillips first writes at length about his admiration for the comedian, saying "I love Bill Cosby! Honestly, that phrase may not be enough to sufficiently describe my feelings for Bill. He was my boyhood idol. His influence on my life has been profound."
He then goes on to address the allegations. Phillips, who joined the already successful show in 1989, says it was well known on the set that Cosby "played around" adding, "The Cos was a ladies man, but also good father and husband - devoted to his wife and children." He continues, "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 then goes on to recall a run-in he had with an old female friend who used to spend a lot of time with Cosby. She revealed to him that Cosby had attacked her in way that was consistent with many of his other accusers. Phillips says that was the moment his feelings about his idol changed. He ended his blog post with one final plea for Cosby. He writes, "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."
Dr. Lawrence Cohen had previously denied taking photos of Rivers as she was having the procedure, but court papers cite medical records saying that photos were actually taken. An anesthesiologist who was in the room at the time apparently told investigators that the doctor took pictures of Rivers on his phone as she was heavily sedated.
Rivers' daughter Melissa has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the clinic.