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Woman Regrets Taking Photo Of Former ‘Cosby Show’ Actor Geoffrey Owens

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The woman behind the viral photo of former “Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens working at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s store regrets snapping that photo.

Karma Lawrence told  NJ.com that she had taken the photos on a whim and submitted them to celebrity websites. But she was not prepared for the backlash, which prompted her to shut down her social media accounts.

“So much hate. So much nastiness. Oh, it’s been terrible,” Lawrence said, adding that much schadenfreude was made of her first name, with critics writing things like “Karma’s an (expletive).”

Owens, 57, played Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of the eldest daughter of Bill Cosby’s character on the hit 1980s TV show. Lawrence snapped him at a cash register, wearing a name tag. During a Tuesday interview with “Good Morning America,” he said he had worked there for 15 months before the photos went viral, noting that it was a flexible position that allowed him to make ends meet.

“I’d been teaching acting and directing for 30-plus years but it just got to a point where it didn’t add up enough,” said Owens, who had lost residual income in recent years after mounting allegations and criminal charges against Bill Cosby prompted several networks to stop airing reruns of their sitcom.

After the photos got out, numerous actors and members of the public defended Owens, saying there’s no shame in being an actor who works a day job. Tyler Perry went a step further, offering Owens a role in OWN’s top-rated drama “The Haves and the Have Nots.”

He made the offer to Owens via Twitter Tuesday, writing, “I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.”

Owens, who has continued to wear his Trader Joe’s name tag in TV interviews, called Perry’s offer “very, very generous” in an interview with Entertainment Tonight later in the day but reiterated that he wanted to book jobs because of his talent.

“It would be lovely as one of the results of this, some doors open in terms of giving me the opportunity to audition. That, I would appreciate – always, as all actors do,” Owens told ET. “I don’t necessarily feel comfortable being given things as a result of this. I’m not in a position to turn things down but … I like the idea of, you know, put me in the room with everyone else and see if I’m the right one for the job.”