The criminal trial of Bill Cosby has officially started.
“The Cosby Show” star arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania Monday morning with former co-star Keshia Knight Pulliam on his arm. Pulliam, 38, played Cosby’s daughter Rudy on the hit TV show.
The actress spoke to reporters outside the courthouse, expressing support for her one-time TV dad.
“I came to support [Cosby] because this is where you hear the facts. This is where the truth happens,” she said, reports Fox News. “Ultimately, it’s easy to support someone and to be in their corner when things are great. When things are good. But… true family, friendship, integrity is how people show up and support when things aren’t looking so great, when they aren’t shining.”
She pointed out that, as a woman, she does not “take these charges lightly,” but added: “You’re innocent until you’re proven guilty and the job now is for the two sides to prove their cases and I accept whatever verdict is handed down.”
Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, told People Sunday night that Pulliam and fellow co-star Phylicia Rashad, who played attorney Clair Huxtable, would appear in court at some point.
The 79-year-old comedian faces charges of drugging and assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004.
The defendant has said he will not testify and that his deposition from the civil suit will stand as his explanation. In the deposition, Cosby said he had engaged in consensual sexual activity with Constand.