Former ‘Cosby’ star Geoffrey Owens has revealed that the Bill Cosby sexual assault scandal negatively impacted him financially.

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In a candid interview with People, the actor shared that he had been receiving royalties from “The Cosby Show” for a long time.

However, after Cosby was convicted of sexual assault and reruns were taken off TV, he became financially unstable.

“At the time that the show was pulled, that did make a difference in our income. That was one of the elements that led to my getting to the place where I said to myself, ‘I have to do something,’ and I was thinking, What can I do? and the answer ended up being Trader Joe’s, which is actually a wonderful situation for me in many ways,” Owens told People. “But I got to the point, I just had to do something to support myself and my family.”

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However, the 57-year-old knew that the royalties wouldn’t keep him set for life.

“I didn’t think of it either way. I was single at the time, no family, and ‘The Cosby Show’ paid me some fairly decent money for a single guy who never even expected to be on TV and was just happy to be doing theatre,” he said. “I felt like I had plenty of money, but set for life, no. But I was fine.

“I always expected that one way or another I would work and make a living. Whether it was teaching, directing, acting, little job here, and little job there, then I’d patch it together. I didn’t foresee working at a place like Trader Joe’s, as great as that place is,” Owens added.

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