Nicki Minaj Offers to Donate $25000 to Cosby Show Star Geoffrey Owens

Rapper Nicki Minaj has offered her support to the former The Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens saying that she wants to give him $25,000.

On Friday, TMZ announced that the actor, who was recently shamed after a photo began circulating that showed him working as a cashier at Trader Joes, will appear in a big role on "The Haves and the Have Nots". Shortly after, Nicki Minaj took to her Queen Radio show to express her support of Owens.

"I personally want to donate, on behalf of Queen Radio, $25,000 to Geoffrey Owens", she said.

Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, Bill Cosby's character's son-in-law, for seven years before the show ended in 1992. "You know why? Imma tell you something". He's going to be around the show for ten episodes, which is a pretty meaty gig that will bring a lot more attention to his ability as an actor. "This man is a whole LEGEND in these streets!"

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Owen has actually been inundated with help following the discovery. While the photographer Karma Lawrence said she didn't send the pictures out to websites for money or to embarrass Owens, he is taking everything in stride. "I mean, I always felt that way inside, but it never really occurred to me when you really think about it because you think, 'We'll that's not true because this one has a lot more money and this a lot more prestige, ' but that's not what we're talking about".

Asked if he believed the Daily Mail and Fox News published the photos in poor taste, Owens the report of him working the register at the health food store in Clifton, New Jersey, "mean-spirited". "We're talking about the fact that someone is working this job is just as good as any job".

"I am a very private person, but I chose this life, so I accepted it", Owens. I didn't even... I barely owned a television.

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