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Woman Who Snapped Photo of Cosby Show Actor Speaks Out

'I just kind of did it on impulse and it was a bad impulse'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2018 2:40 PM CDT
This image released by ABC shows co-host Robin Roberts, left, with "The Cosby Show" actor Geoffrey Owens during an interview on "Good Morning America," Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in New York.   (Paula Lobo/ABC via AP)

(Newser) – Geoffrey Owens was ringing up Karma Lawrence's groceries at a New Jersey Trader Joe's when Lawrence snuck a couple candid photos of the former Cosby Show star and submitted them to various celebrity websites. The Daily Mail published them, and the rest is history: Owens got job-shamed, a bunch of fellow actors and many others came to his defense, and Owens said he hopes we all learn from this that no job is better than any other job. But what about Lawrence? She tells NJ.com she wishes she had never snapped the pictures. "It wasn’t malicious," the 50-year-old insists. She says she's not sure why she did it, but she reads Hollywood websites and sees paparazzi photos and "figured everybody does it. ... I didn’t even think about it. I just kind of did it on impulse and it was a bad impulse."

Lawrence, who says she wasn't paid by any outlet that published the photos, says she's received "so much hate. So much nastiness" since the firestorm over the photos erupted, including angry messages calling her names. She's deactivated her social media profiles and says if she could talk to Owens, "I would tell him, 'I am extremely, extremely apologetic about what has happened. And if I could take it back, I would.'" She adds that she loved Owens on The Cosby Show, she loves Trader Joe's, and she "didn't think anything bad" about him working "a normal job." The incident has brought positive attention to Owens' role as a Shakesperean actor and the classes he teaches. (Read more Geoffrey Owens stories.)

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