Geoffrey Owens was living a quiet life, simply working to support his family as a Trader Joe's crew member when an unsuspecting stranger derailed his privacy by posting a photo of him, doing his job, to social media.
The image, which has since gone viral, quickly ended up serving as ammunition for Fox News, who job-shamed the actor for working at the grocery store. Now, after receiving a ton of backlash for initially facilitating this narrative, the woman who posted the photo is speaking out.
The poster, who was identified as Karma Lawrence, 50, spoke with NJ.com about the entire ordeal, stressing that she never meant to cause the actor any pain after she uploaded the image of him bagging groceries.
"I don't know why I snuck a picture," she said. "I figured everybody does it. I don't know what possessed me. I just did it. I didn't even think about it. I just kind of did it on impulse and it was a bad impulse."
She further explained that while it was never her intention to do so, she fully realizes that she inadvertently humiliated the Cosby Show alum through the shady gesture.
"I actually wanted to go up to him and say something, but I thought, 'You might embarrass him,'" she continued. "But then I did something that actually embarrassed him more. I didn't go with my first instinct, and I should've."
Lawrence, who claimed she was not paid for the photos, added that she had absolutely no idea that they would spark such a response from the public. She even said that after realizing that many were passing negative judgment on the actor following the viral spreading of her photos, she cried.
"It wasn't malicious," she said. "That's on my kids, my grandkids, my parents. I'm not that type of a person. I'm not the monster they're making me out to be... When I saw him working there, I thought maybe because of everything with Bill Cosby that his residuals got cut. And people have to take a normal job. But I didn't think anything bad about it. I work a normal job."
She further added that while she does not know how she could get in touch with Owens, she would like to share a few words with him: "I would tell him, 'I am extremely, extremely apologetic about what has happened, and if I could take it back, I would.'"
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