Bill Cosby’s sole supporter as he stood trial for rape was Keisha Knight Pulliam, the 38-year-old actress who played his daughter on their hit 80’s TV show. Click through Radar’s gallery to find out how she defended him as he faces charges of sexual assault.
As Cosby’s rape trial began at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, his television daughter stood by his side and defended him — even though 50 women have accused the star of sexual assault. “This is where the truth happens,” Knight-Pulliam said on the steps of the courthouse during the lunch break on June 5.
Knight Pulliam explained her support was due to “true family, friendship, integrity.” Cosby’s wife, Camille, did not join her husband at the courthouse.
“I just said I’m going to handle this the way I would want to be treated; I want to be the person that I would like to have if the tables were turned,” Knight Pulliam said about her presence at the trial. He was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand while she worked for Philadelphia’s Temple University.
Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden told the jurors during her opening statement that the case against Cosby involved “trust, betrayal, and inability to consent.”
Feden said Cosby “used his power and his fame and his previously practiced method of placing a young, trusting woman into an incapacitated state.”
Cosby’s defense attorney, Brian McMonagle, claimed that his client was innocent of the rape charges. “The only thing that is worse than that is the false accusation of sexual assault,” he said.
McMonagle also told jurors false accusations “can destroy a man. It can destroy his life. It can destroy his future ... I get a chance with your help to protect a man from the destruction of the rest of his life.”
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