Bill Cosby’s co-star, Keshia Knight Pulliam, continues to support her TV dad, stopping by “The Today Show” to talk about what she heard inside the Pennsylvania courtroom on the first day of Cosby’s sexual assault trial.
Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show”, said it was important for her to be there. “At the end of the day, I truly believe you’re innocent until proven guilty, and that’s just not the man I experienced.
“I just thought about how I would want to be treated,” the 38-year-old actress said. “How would I want to be treated if, God forbid, I was in that situation. And the true test of family, of friendship, of loyalty comes. It’s easy to be there when things are good, when business is good, when money is good… but I wanted to do what I would have wanted to receive.”
Having been in contact with Cosby before the trial and after she showed up to support him, Pulliam shared some insight into his mindset.
“I can’t speak to this exact moment, but my interactions with him, he’s been in good spirits. He’s been upbeat,” she said, adding, “Knowing Mr. Cosby is to know there is always that sense of laughter, and I was grateful to see his spirit hadn’t been broken as a result of this process.”
With the jury still deliberating, Keshia said she will accept the outcome of the trial, but would not confirm that a guilty verdict would change her opinion of “Mr. Cosby.”
“I am just going to have to cross that bridge when I come to it,” she said, regarding a guilty verdict. “I’ll be disappointed. However, it won’t change the love, because when you have family, people falter, people make mistakes, things happen, but in no way is that condoning sexual assault.”
She maintained that the outcome is in the hands of the jury. “The judge was very adamant that the jury’s job, and it’s not ours because we don’t hear all of the evidence, but they are the ones who are going to hear every piece, every shred of evidence and it’s for them to make a decision not based on bias or anything else, except for the facts of the case.”