Jimmie Walker recently opened up on the Bill Cosby sex scandal, and somewhat surprisingly, he is astounded that the legal disaster has come as such a shock to people. The former “Good Times” actor revealed that he believed “everybody knew” about Cosby’s scheming ways with women behind the scenes, and believed his affairs were in fact publicly known. However, HNGN News does note this Friday, July 24, 2015, that Walker was disappointed to learn that there might have been drugs involved in his actions.
Although the controversy surrounding Bill Cosby’s infidelities and sexual misconduct was first brought to light a number of months ago, it remains a hot topic of conversation among fans and the general public alike. The most recent celebrity to talk about the Cosby scandal is Jimmie Walker, often affectionately referred to as “JJ.” The popular sitcom actor may be best known today from “Good Times,” a hit comedy on television back in the 1970s.
Cosby and Walker are friends and fellow comedians together. Yet according to Jimmie, he felt it was time to come forward and say he is a bit stumped as to everyone’s reaction that Bill has been revealed to be a philanderer with women. The actor thought everyone knew about it already, and said so this week in a brief interview with TMZ.
“I actually thought that everybody knew about all these women,” Walker revealed, suggesting he believed the affairs were well known or at least more common knowledge. “That’s what I thought.”
Nonetheless, says MSN Entertainment, Jimmie was quite discouraged to learn that Bill Cosby has been accused of using drugs, including Quaaludes, against women and allegedly committing sexual assault. He had never before considered his friend a sexual predator against women. Starting in late 2014 and carrying on throughout this year, media outlets have reported that dozens of women are alleging that the now 78-year-old black actor drugged and forced himself on them in the past.
“The thing that shocks me the most is the drugging,” added Walker. He went on to say that he was aware of the women, believing others in the public to have known, too. Yet he admits they never once saw “nothing with the drug thing,” and that they are difficult accusations to consider. “But the women,” he said. “I knew about that.”
In light of the hard times and legal battles Bill Cosby now faces, Jimmie Walker feels for his friend. He seems disheartened not only for the fierce backlash the 78-year-old star has received, but especially troubled at how the claims might smear his legacy as a beloved comedian and talented actor on the small screen. It is possible that his entire career and memory may be tarnished as a result. Despite the troubling sex scandal, Walker still remembers his friend’s incredible history and acting skills.
“I love Bill Cosby, I worked with Bill Cosby many times,” JJ concluded. “The thing that upsets me the most is that we’re never [going to] see his work again because he’s gone forever and ever and it’s unfortunate.”