Bill Cosby’s highly anticipated trial for a 2005 sexual assault has finally started. Cosby has received more than five dozen accusations of sexual assault and rape over five decades. It is not surprise the longtime comedian and cultural icon is far from lacking major support. Yet, Keshia Knight Pulliam who played Cosby’s fictional daughter, Rudy, on The Cosby Show, told ABC News that she’ll support whatever verdict the jury comes to, but she doesn’t feel the accusations fit the man she worked with in the 80s and 90s.
She went as far as to escort Cosby into court on Monday.
“The man that I’ve known as a child was funny and witty and smart and philanthropic and full of advice,” she told ABC News. “I can only go based on who I’ve experienced, and at the end of the day, it’s the court’s job to find the truth of the matter.”
Cosby tweeted out a picture of him with Pulliam to thank her for her support:
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 5, 2017
“Thank you to Cliff and Claire’s 4 year old daughter (Rudy) and the Brilliant Spelman Alumnus #TheCosbyShow #KeshiaKnightPulliam,” he wrote int he first. “#TheCosbyShow #KeishaKnightPulliam #CameToCourtToHearTheTruth.”
To further understand Pulliam’s stance on the issue, she was interviewed by “Access Hollywood” in 2015 and said the following:
“Whoever is involved, those are the people who were there. I wasn’t there. I can only speak to the great man that I know and love, who has been so generous, who has been such a philanthropist and giving back millions of dollars to education and schools. And just the man I grew up knowing. It’s really not my place to speak on that,” she said. “Unfortunately, in the court of public opinion everyone has formed their opinion, but we’re still in America and you’re innocent until proven guilty of any crimes.”
Cosby has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault.