Don Cheadle is known for telling it like it is, and when it came to discussing the recent scandal involving Bill Cosby, he held no punches. In a phone interview with Bossip's Don't Be Scared podcast, the House of Lies actor dished on why he thinks some members of the Black community refuse to accept Cosby's demise and even called him a predator for his actions.
"I thnk there's some of that [thinking] in the Black community that of course they want to take our hero down, we can't have a hero. They're always trying to take down someone we look up to and it's a part of a wider white conspiracy to destroy us," he said. "Well, there is some [accuracy] with that, in my opinion, in some ways. But I don't think this is that at all. I think this is a powerful man that has a proclivity to have sex with women where they cannot say no."
Delving further into the scandal, Cheadle was asked what he thought about the famous TV dad giving women drugs to "relax" them, to which he responded, "I don't buy his story, personally, that he did this to relax her. No! You're a f****n' predator to me."
Remembering once working with Cosby in the past for a short period of time, Cheadle also said Cosby's unpleasant ways extended beyond his intimate interactions with women — his professional etiquette was also apparently sub par.
"I worked with the dude for five minutes and I always kind of feel like you can tell how a person is based on how they treat the 'least among you,' or the lesser among you," he said. "That's really to me how a person is, and he treated the extras [on set] like s**t. He treated the people around him that were in an assistance position — he didn't treat them well. I don't shine on people who are like, 'Yeah, I treat all the leads cool and then I yell at the guy who's getting me coffee.' You should be really, really nice to that guy. That, to me, told me who he was."
Don Cheadle is just one of many celebrities and public figures who have distanced themselves from Bill Cosby. Take a look at the BET.com exclusive clip below to see more reports on how companies are shunning the fallen TV icon.
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