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Bill Cosby arrives with Keshia Knight Pulliam at the Montgomery County Courthouse before the opening of the sexual assault trial June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Taking sides

Bill Cosby arrives at court for 1st day of sexual assault trial with TV daughter by his side

June 5, 2017

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial began on Monday in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Cosby arrived at court Monday morning without any family members in tow — however, a member of his TV family was at his side, holding him by the arm as he made his way past the media, in a show of support. Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show, made the journey from Atlanta to stand by her former TV dad’s side in a show of support.

Cosby, 79, is facing felony sexual assault charges for a 2005 incident in which then-Temple University employee Andrea Constand has alleged Cosby sexually violated her after giving her three little blue pills. As she drifted in and out of consciousness, Constand said in a statement read in court last year, Cosby penetrated her with his fingers. According to Cosby’s version of events, the encounter was consensual.

Pulliam, a self-declared feminist, declined to answer reporters’ questions as she and Cosby made their way into the courtroom, but in the past she’s spoken out about the dozens of allegations against the fallen comedy legend is facing and how it contrasts with her own memories of him.

“You know, it’s an unfortunate situation,” Pulliam, 38, said during an appearance on the Today show last year. “And it’s kind of still the same for me, because that was never my experience with him. And I actually had the amazing opportunity to interview him for my podcast,” she continued. “It was the first podcast that I did — and share with people the man who I grew up with, the man who I know. ‘Cause that just wasn’t how I ever experienced him.”

During that same appearance, Pulliam, who was a child during her time on The Cosby Show, said she was “blessed” to work on the sitcom and considered the cast a second family.

In a subsequent episode of her podcast, Pulliam again addressed the allegations swirling around Cosby, saying, “You know, we still live in a country where you’re innocent until proven guilty. And I understand everything that’s happened, and me being a feminist and believing women — I mean, ‘no’ means ‘no’ and I get that.”

“I did work with him for a really long time, I love him dearly still, and that isn’t the man that I know,” Pulliam added.

Cosby has been accused of varying degrees of sexual assault by more than 50 women, going back decades. Camille, his wife of 53 years, reportedly did not join him in the courtroom as opening statements were made.

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.


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