Geoffrey Owens and Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj was not being truthful when she claimed she donated $25,000 to former Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens. Owens, 57, never received the cash, nor did he hear from Minaj's people.

Last week, Minaj called Owens "a legend" and told listeners of her Apple Music radio show that she donated $25,000 to the struggling actor who was photographed working at Trader Joe's between acting gigs.

A lesbian couple posted images of Owens bagging groceries at the upscale supermarket, and the images went viral. Numerous celebrities, including Tyler Perry, stepped up to help Owens get back on his feet.

TMZ reports Owens' reps were never contacted by Minaj or her team after her radio show. Minaj claimed she couldn't reach Owens, but his rep told TMZ they are easy to reach.

His rep also said Owens is not looking for any handouts from the rap star.

  • Kimocha

    Nicki is so full of isht!... Don't hold your breath Geoffrey!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Shout out to Mr. Owens ... getting them gigs ..... as for Icki trash heavy hipped azz bye !!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0950934a2eefc42667466bae91c6c2d247a5059e45f1c6a161548c322f4636a3.gif

  • davine puddin

    My earlier comments were about his residual checks may have dried up because of cosby scandal. Big up to bounce for not dropping the show. However we should see Nessa acting in cameo rolls soon. Just no more rudyard lillian huxtable playing hooker druggie rolls. That goes for to old to actually to play clairs daughter sandra.

  • Faux Gibbler

    This story makes me mad. A lady named Karma wanted to shame Owens for working. Now Tyler Perry is gonna take advantage of this man. Smh.

  • Trace da Ace

    I second that emotion sis...

  • Alextra Ballard

    Ok Nicki,you done ran ya mouf...you tawk da tawk...now walk da walk. It doesn't take much to wire money. Its beenn almost two weeks. Honestly I thought he had the money. Smh. Maybe by puttin her on blast,she mite send it

  • hi-liter

    Please reveal how Tyler Perry would do that

  • Marlika

    Tyler wasnt the only to offer this man a job. He got a gig he's filming with CSI NO or one of them franchises. I know its CSI.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Take advantage? He offered him a job. Mr. Owens accepted. I mean who wouldn't

  • the guest

    I'm still waiting on news that Lee Daniels wired Damon Dash his 2 million dollars.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Good for him!

  • deidre martin

    He said he would probably give to charity anyway. Blessings are coming his way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • the guest

    The show is awful.

    But Mr. Owens will bring quality to the show and brand.

  • deidre martin

    yea he did confirm his money flow was good until...

  • MookieFly

    Not Tyler's type. He like chiseled abs on his back and Owens does not fit the bill. He safe lol

  • pecancandy

    I thought Nicki fired her whole glam squad. The replacements are not doing much better.

  • Faux Gibbler

    shade

  • Faux Gibbler

    Google how Tyler doesn’t pay his employees industry wages, fired folks as in a ton of black People for wanting their work protected by the actors guild and union. Tyler thinks he can work folks 90 hours a week and pay min wage.

  • Connie

    I hope he doesn't take shyt from her! Don't need to invite her devil energy...tuh!

  • Dr. P

    I'll be glad when this heffa gets a proper dosage of anti-psychotic meds that work for her because sheesh!

  • Faux Gibbler

    “Tyler Perry is a fraud! He gets on television and does all these “inspirational” interviews, but what he doesn’t tell people is that his empire was built on the backs of paying employees damn near minimum wage to write his plays, TV shows, and movies. I couldn’t even keep my bills paid, but I worked over 70 hours a week. He’s not even that nice of a person. We literally came to work everyday in fear of who would be fired next for absolutely nothing. And this isn’t the first time he’s done this. I don’t know if people remember this or not, but Tyler even fired the original group of writers that got him where he was and helped him with his first TV show House of Payne. He told them he would take care of them once they got big, but once he did, he fired them and hired even cheaper writers. I know the actors make decent money, but without the production people and writers, there would be no need to even hire actors. So I don’t understand why he treats us this bad. Tyler is also very manipulative. He knows who made him rich, and so he tells them what he needs to in order to get them riled up before his movies hit the theaters. So he sends out those little stupid emails and always talks about how the haters and white people are trying to ruin black films. But he knows the damn truth. He just rather brainwash them and keep his pockets fat instead. In fact, he knew he would get a lot of criticism for putting Kim Kardashian in his upcoming movie, so he’s already started his brainwashing tactics by doing interviews painting black women as haters, and just like clock work, there will be another email blast from Tyler to his fan base putting Kim on a pedestal just in time for his new movie. I just wanted to get the word out about who Tyler Perry really is. He is a very wealthy man not because he’s smart or talented, no he’s wealthy because he never paid the people who got him there and he still doesn’t. It’s probably not a coincidence that some of his Atlanta studio caught on fire a few weeks ago. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.” Interesting, another fire had broke out since this was published https://web.archive.org/web/20140720020554/http://www.realitytvscandals.com/2014/07/18/part-2-tyler-perry-scandal-former-employees-speak-out/

  • Wreckognize Game

    I guess these radio podcasts are the new way to clapback. Joe Budden won't respond to Em but we can talk about it at 5. Now Nicki thinks she is Wendy. Put it on a record rappers.

  • Trace da Ace

    hell..she needs to fire the "new squad" as well....replace the replacements lol

  • WhoKnew

    Yeah, @pecancandy just pulled the shade down. But it's true. She looks worse with this new "unglam" squad.

  • WhoKnew

    She'll probably pay up once she reads this.

  • brillant smith

    But is he gay though?!

  • Renee26

    Give her a little more time

  • WhoKnew

    I loved Geoffrey on the Cosby show. He didn't have a "ha ha" funny humor, he had more of a deadpan humor, which can be just as funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqfWEUC0BOQ

  • Goodii2Shoes

    I would join you for tea but tp is on karma's short list so I will just wish you well & hope that u& the staff can maintain integrity /self respect well enough to not become the next industry pawn blinded by the bright lights & depressed by the reality that entertainment jobs are typically a low paying glam job with more lights & glitter than cash or benefits.

    I imagine it's the ppl who don't know that that are quick to become useless little rats nibbling on scraps.

    Geoffrey at least took a respectable responsible job as a cashier in between acting gigs. He isn't involved in all the sordid fuckery nxggas are involved in bc they're "too proud" or too thirsty to get decent jobs to earn an income and some self- respect.

  • WhoKnew

    Great. I knew the jobs would come rolling in. When one door closes many others open.

  • Greatgrape37

    No, on Queen Radio she said she's having a hard time getting in contact with him/his ppl ...

  • Applebootay

    This is so stupid.

  • Greatgrape37

    Very deadpan, even more funny to me

  • dru and neil

    The money should not have been offered anyway, the man has his pride. He’s working for a living and technically nobody knows how much money he has to his name, okay he’s hardly destitute living under an overpass. Donate to a worthy cause.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Considering icki money dirty as it is...,
    I believe a lot of these music industry types are only giving it away bc it's so covered in filth. At least donating it to charity /charitable causes can make it look better when the feds investigate & shareholders "inquire"

  • itsjismemelly

    whats wrong with her

  • Sassie

    Nicki, they said the man worked at Trader Joes, not that he's HOMELESS and living in a shelter. What the hell made her think he would accept money from her or anyone else? Tyler Perry did it right...he didn't offer money to bruise the man's ego. He offered him a PAYING gig.

  • WhoKnew

    Point well taken. But isn't it something when these people believe the hype from their fanbase that they're queens and they're the shyt when in reality, they are just people like you and me and when that reality sets inside their head that's when the "crazy" starts and grows to the point of being maniacal. I am no fan of her or her music, but I believe she, along with other artists/actors are probably on some type of anti-psychotic meds and need them just to get out of bed in the morning and make it through the day. That is quite a sad existence.

  • Sassie

    Naw, she be looking a mess.

  • Dr. P

    AMEN! Queens...LMAO. Peasant behavior. She is really showing the world who she is

  • WhoKnew

    Yup. Peasant behavior describes it perfectly!

  • KcoolMuziq

    . "He told them he would take care of them once they got big, but once he did, he fired them and hired even cheaper writers."

    Tyler Perry WRITES,creates, executive produces & directs ALL his shows.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I don't believe her when she says she had a hard time getting in contact with his people. She's got plenty of contacts in the entertainment industry and getting in touch with this man can't be that hard. Tyler Perry did it.

  • WhoKnew

    That's cuz she lying.

  • WhoKnew

    She's a lying heifer. That's what's wrong with her.

  • millz

    She’s annoying!!! Where’s cardi lol

  • WhoKnew

    Yup. Probably laundered money anyway.

  • WhoKnew

    Who Tyler Perry? Yes, he is gay. He had his beard/surrogate carry his son.

    Geoffrey is married with one child. And his father is former Congressman Major Owens.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Good for him!

  • tia

    If she was going to give him any funds, she didn't have to make a big announcement about it. Nicki heart and motives are not in the right place.

  • Trace da Ace

    Girl..lies...she was just saying that to get some nods...if she REALLY wanted to help him...she just would have did it...and not make a grand announcement and not do shit...smdh....Oh Onika...do better dear...

  • Trace da Ace

    lol...I just commented the same thing below...lol...get outta my brain!!! :)

  • tia

    Great minds think alike!! Yeah, if she was gonna do it, just be done with it and give it.

  • Trace da Ace

    exactly!!! narcissists always want some damn type of notoriety for doing good deeds...like for real?? Good deeds don't need no recognition.....as long as God see it...that's the only audience you need.

  • Sweetness

    He ISzzz "Black Excellence" under the radar. So poised, and gracious in interviews. He makes light of how people come at him. I mean really, he is what all young men and women should aspire to be when it comes to doing things the honest way without selling your soul. No pride, turned up nose or shame in his game. Those who tried to shame him, ended up blessing him. Thank you sir for showing me that it is alright too make an honest living and take pride in what you do. #motivation

  • tia

    Amen!! Do it in private and God will surely reward you in public!

  • SumthinSweeter

    fuhhhhh that trash ass throwing rocks hide my hand, tragic, plastic, pill addict whore.

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    You know what? I never disliked someone I never met until this broad and the kartrashians!!!! Its like she need attention!!!?????

  • Bonita

    What she did was one of the most humiliating things a woman could do to a man. She publically treated him like he was a destitute charity case.

  • JENNYJONES1

    BUT THE KARDASHIANS MONEY COMES THROUGH WHEN THEY SAY THEY ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING. ACTUALLY YOU JUST SEE THE ACTION B4 YOU EVER HEAR THEY ARE GOING TO DO IT SO IF NOTHING ELSE THEIR MONETARY DONATIONS ARE REAL UNLIKE NICKI'S........JENNY JONES!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    SHID HER PEOPLE COULD'VE JUST CALLED TRADER JOE'S AND I'M SURE THE MANAGER WOULD'VE PASSED ALONG THE CONTACT INFO..........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Nita

    Thats what i heard as well

  • JENNYJONES1

    AND HE JUST GOT ANOTHER ONE ON 'NCIS'. HE REALLY SHOULD GO ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND THANK THE CHICKS THAT TOOK THAT PIC B/C IT WAS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO HIM IN A LONG TIME CAREER WISE.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    OK I AGREE, TYLER STRUGGLED TO GET WHERE HE IS THEN ISH ON OTHERS TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THE SAME BUSINESS. HE WAS A CHEAP ASS B/C I USE TO GET CALLS FOR PARTS ALL THE TIME, WOULD GET PICKED FOR THE ROLES THEN TOLD 'SORRY YOU'RE IN S.A.G.(UNION) AND WE DON'T PAY THOSE WAGES WHICH IS WHY I DON'T SUPPORT ANY OF HIS MOVIES OR TV SHOWS BUT, BUT HIS STANK ASS IS CHARITABLE AND CAME THROUGH FOR THIS GUY SO MAYBE IT'S ALL HIS REDEMPTION. HOPE SO AND IF NOTHING ELSE GEOFFREY SHOULD USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SEEN AND GET OTHER WORK LIKE HE HAS ON NCIS.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • seun

    Just another PR nonsense from celebs, because they know people arent going to check.

    I believe she had rather put that 25k towards the debt she owes her label than give it to another person.

  • JENNYJONES1

    NAH TYLER PUT HIMSELF ON STRAIGHT FRONT STREET WITH HIS PUBLIC OFFER TO GEOFFREY SO HE KNOWS PEOPLE WILL BE WATCHING TO SEE HOW IT ALL TURNS OUT. ALSO TYLER HAS A NEW NETWORK CONTRACT SO THIS IS GREAT PROMO FOR HIS BRAND BUT REGARDLESS OF WHAT TYLER'S MOTIVES OR CONTRACT WAS TO HIM IT'S HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY AND FREE PROMO TO GET AS MUCH OUT OF IT AS POSSIBLE. THE CHICKS THAT TOOK THE PIC AND TYLER JUST OPENED THE DOOR FOR HIM TO WALK THROUGH IT...........JENNY JONES!!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    GEOFFREY CLEANS UP WELL. LOL!!!!..........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLOLOLOL!

  • Ci Sam

    Exactly !! You dont do that shit. Let a man be a man. especially if he was clear about not wanting any handouts. Just self absorbed

  • RespectSelf

    She must have gotten on someone bad side because she really looking bad these days.

  • Ci Sam

    If a man is determined to provide for his family regardless of the circumstances, as this man has shown.. Let the man be a man. Period.

  • imright

    she should not have made an announcement on her gift, i hate when ppl do ish like that? but no she didnt lie. she didnt kno how to get it to him (at the time)

  • soldierwoman89

    Dont let the left hand know what the right hand is doing!

  • jazmine

    The annoying part is, that man aint ask you for no damn money. You coulda wished him well and kept it pushing

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    keep it to urself untill the deed is complete dont just announce random shit u haven't even researched yet

  • Ghost

    I knew the viral picture would turn into a blessing for him. The man had worked there 15 months under the Radar under this chick came along and tried to shame him for taking care of his family... so happy for him.

  • N’cole

    "And real b*tches been bad from birth," -Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj, 'Touchin', Lovin'.....
    I've had a problem with her since she had the nerve to spit that line. Plastic surgery does not make anyone a BB.. .

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    He will hear from them now.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    His rep also said Owens is not looking for any handouts from the rap star.
    Pride will kill you. take the money....... if she follow through.

  • Brown & Proud

    I believe it, never liked him or his movies. He always seemed like a snake to me.

  • A J

    LOL....She said she would LIKE to give....not she was GOING TO give.

  • chaisun

    Yeah I always though he was a good looking guy.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    There's a reason people don't know who I've helped out. I NEVER name names. If they choose to speak up and tell people I helped them, that's their choice but I refuse to announce to the world, who I've helped. That's between me, them and God.

    Some people don't do anything for folks unless everybody knows about it. And that's how you can tell it's not sincere.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    But why even tell people after you've done it? What's the purpose unless you're trying to bring attention to yourself.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Well now,that's a big difference. Maybe thats y he hasn't seen a penny

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Does anyone remember her pledge on social media to pay for several of her folllowers education-it never happened

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    NICKI......PLEASE SIT DOWN SOMEHERE.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    BINGO

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Matthew 6:1 (ASV) Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before men,

    to be seen of them:

    else ye have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    This coming for the woman that Bragg's about how long her money is ???

  • samuel severino

    She would rather put that $25k to a special type of candy.

  • Logan Roberts

    Welp. I still like Tyler, next time get a written contract.

  • brillant smith

    Oh wow thanks for the info...I always wonder was those just rumors or the truth on Tyler Perry being gay.

  • GrapeCrush

    Are you serious?? That’s very tacky and low down of her if true. Smh...

  • Marlika

    I have aunt like this. She used to throw her money in people face..then she would complain when someone ask for money. And the moment she gave the money 5 mins later she on tbe phone telling the whole fam how she had to help you out and blah blah. That's why the heffa is broke and helpless right now.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Once I see an individual is willing to tell the entire universe what they did for me, they don't ever have to worry about me EVER again. I can't stand folks like that. Nothing they do is sincere. It's all for bragging purposes.

  • sunni_daze

    No one believed she was sending a dime

  • Tiffany Miller

    She said she was GOING to give a donation... and then later said that she can't reach his people.

  • Faux Gibbler

    He is setting people behind just so he can be rich.

  • Faux Gibbler

    What about the employees?