Nicki Minaj coughs up promised £19k to Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens


Nicki Minaj coughs up promised $25k to Cosby Show actor
Nicki Minaj has dnated nearly £20k to a former actor (Picture: AP/ Getty)

Nicki Minaj is feeling generous.

The Starships singer has kept her promise to pay Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens $25,000 – or nearly £19,000.

The 35-year-old vowed to pay the money on her Queen Radio show after someone tried to shame the actor by sharing a picture of him working at US grocery store Trader Joes following the axing of his show, the royalties of which was his salary.

Let me tell you something: This man is a whole fuckin legend in these streets, she said at the time.

The actor who played Elvin in The Cosby Show is now working as a cashier at Trader Joe?s, exclusive photos reveal. See story NYCOSBY. A shopper spotted Geoffrey Owens, 57, sitting behind a till at the discount store in Clifton, New Jersey, where staff earn around $11 an hour. Wearing an ID badge bearing his name, the former star wore a Trader Joe?s t-shirt with stain marks on the front as he weighed a bag of potatoes. Karma Lawrence, 50, was grocery shopping with her wife, security manager Yanelle, 40, when she saw Owens at around 7.30pm on Saturday and snapped some photos. The medical secretary, from Clifton, said: ?I was just in Trader Joe?s and I said to my wife, I said, ??Wait a minute, that?s the guy from The Cosby Show.? ?She looked at him and said, ?It looks like him. He?s a little heavier.??I pulled up a site on the internet to look at a picture of him and said, ?That is him.? ?I have never seen him at Trader Joe?s before. I was getting a bunch of groceries and he wasn?t really looking at anybody, but he said, ?Have a nice day.? ?He looked bloated and fat and unhappy. I guess with the whole Cosby thing?? Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of Sondra Huxtable, on the final five seasons of NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, between 1985 and 1992.
The actor who played Elvin in The Cosby Show was shamed for his new career (Picture: SWNS)

Owens initially said he was devastated by the picture, but was warmed by the outpouring of support he received from the public after it went viral.

Now that Nicki has made good on her promise, the former actor has revealed that hes got big plans for the money.

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He told TMZ: I would like to give this donation of $25k to the Actors Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman – who played Cosbys father, Russell, on The Cosby Show, who lived his last many years and died at the Actors Home, (funded and run by the Actors Fund).

I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams.

TELEVISION PROGRAMME: THE COSBY SHOW -- Season 6 -- Pictured: (bottom row) (l-r) Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable Kendall, Joseph C. Phillips as Lt. Martin Kendall, Raven-Symon?? as Olivia Kendall, (top row) (l-r) Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable, Bill Cosby as Doctor Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
Owens starred in The Cosby Show (Picture: NBCUniversal)

Nicki told TMZ that shes pleased the money will be used for something Geoffrey is passionate about.

Im happy to be a part of a great cause, she told TMZ. I wish Geoffrey much success and want him to know how loved he is. Rest in Peace to Earle Hyman.

The woman who took the original picture of the actor has since said she regrets her actions.

The Cosby Show was pulled from TV networks after Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Today the actor was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison.

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