The actor played notable roles in everything from Next Friday to Ray, but he stopped acting and disappeared from Hollywood altogether. TMZ caught up with Powell at LAX and he spoke about trying to put his old rape allegations behind him, which he claims costed him his acting career.
Powell got emotional after explaining that the 4-year-old civil rape case against him has been thrown out, but not without causing tremendous collateral damage. He revealed, “It’s been the worst time of my life, Joe. I have a 22-year-old daughter, I would never hurt anyone. I’m just glad that my friends, family, TMZ, my attorneys have supported me through this whole ordeal. It’s been the most emotional ordeal I had to deal with since my father died in the 80’s”
But don’t let the emotion fool you — he’s not giving up on himself anytime. Powell says that now he’s trying to mend fences in Hollywood. He revealed, “I feel like some jobs just went away. My reputation has been basically ruined and now I have to go about the business of fixing my reputation.”