Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens talked about how the Bill Cosby scandal affected him financially after the program was taken out of syndication and his royalty checks stopped coming.
Owens, 57, was photographed in a grocery bag at Trader Joe's in New Jersey to meet later this month.
He says that the scandal that surrounded Cosby's, 81, alleged sexual assaults of dozens of women who saw the syndication of the pulled program, made the rest of the controls of the cast, which had been part of their income for years, they will also cease.
Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Temple alumna Andrea Constand in 2004. She is expected to be sentenced later this month.
In his interview with People, Owens explains, & # 39; Yes, I was financially impacted & # 39;
Geoffrey Owens was photographed working at Trader Joe's in New Jersey last week (pictured). He says that after The Cosby Show was taken out of the syndication, he was forced to look for alternative sources of income, so he took the job to pack the groceries in the store.
The actor lost his royalty checks after the Cosby scandal, which saw the show retired from syndication. The scandal directly impacted their income
"At the time the program was withdrawn, that made a difference in our income, that was one of the elements that led me to get to the place where I said: & # 39; & # 39; I have to do something & # 39; & # 39; and I was thinking, & # 39; What can I do? & # 39; & # 39; And the answer ended up being Trader Joe's, that it's actually a wonderful situation for me in many ways, but I got to the point, I just had to do something to support my life and that of my family. "
Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux from 1985 to 1992, said he was "hurt" by reports of his work at Trader Joe's, as well as by the unflattering photo that was used to pack the supplies in the media. .
"I felt really humiliated," Owens said speaking specifically about the photos.
"From the moment I heard that the article could be ready until the moment it came out, I tried to visualize the worst possible scenario just to prepare myself and then it was a little worse, if that was possible they did everything possible to find the worst image of me, in the worst shirt and the worst posture, the words they used to describe me were so degrading.
He says he never thought, after his long career in the successful program, that he would never have to work again. He knew better than that, and wanted more of his acting career after "Cosby".
"I did not think I was ready for life," he continued to People.
& # 39; I did not think about that in any way. I was single at that time, with no family, and The Cosby Show paid me pretty decent money for a single man who never expected to be on television and was happy to be doing theater. I felt I had a lot of money, but ready for life, no. But I was fine.
He adds: "I always hoped that one way or another I would work and I would make a living." Whether it was teaching, directing, acting, little work here and little work there, then I would fix everything. like Trader Joe's, no matter how great that place is, I did not expect to leave the business for work, but I thought that, within the business, I would fix a modest life, at least enough to get ahead. "
The rest of the actors in The Cosby Show will probably have seen their royalty checks disappear after the show was removed from syndication after accusations of sexual assault against Cosby were mounted.
He says that despite not spending much time between screen jobs, the concerts he performed never lasted more than a handful of days.
Owen has appeared on Divorce, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Built to Last, to name a few, but he has not had a steady job since his days at The Cosby Show.
"The funny thing is that I never spend a lot of time without booking something, which is not a surprise, the only problem is that the things I reserve last a day or two days at most," he says.
I'll book something for a day but then I will not work three or four months.
Despite having to find alternative income streams, such as working at Trader Joe's, he is not upset by the way his life has been viewed.
No, I would not [change my life], & # 39; he adds.
He says that acting is & # 39; my vocation. I will continue looking for it. I will persevere. And even if that means that, eventually, when all this fuss dies, you might need to take another job out of business. I'm still willing to do that & # 39;
Owens had to give up Trader Joe's work after the overwhelming media coverage of his one-day concert.
Since then, he has been offered and accepted a job to do 10 episodes on the popular Tyler Perry show, "Have and Have Nots." in the Oprah Winfrey network.