Keshia Knight Pulliam has finally spoken out about the sex scandal involving her famous television father Bill Cosby. Pulliam, who co-starred as the adorable little Rudy Huxtable in the popular sitcom ‘The Cosby Show’ is now all grown-up and was recently cast on the NBC Donald Trump reality show ‘The Celebrity Apprentice.‘ Her stint on the show did not last long.
Last night Donald Trump quickly booted Pulliam from the show after she refused to call Cosby to ask him to help raise money for her team. Pulliam, as the project manager for her team, was admonished for not utilizing her connection with the famed comedian. Pulliam stuck to her guns and was promptly eliminated from the show.
Cosby’s iconic name has been tarnished in recent weeks as well over a dozen women have come forward to accuse the comedian of sexual assault. To date, Cosby has yet to speak out on the matter and has moved forward with his three performance dates in Canada. One of the many accusers against Cosby has been the legendary African American model Beverly Johnson. Johnson asserts that Cosby drugged her, but then quickly ushered her out of his home and into a taxi after he realized that she was able-minded enough to know what was happening to her and began to cuss out loud at him.
While Cosby has not spoken in his own defense, his lawyers have vehemently denied the accusations against the 77-year-old comedian, as well as issuing statements that damage the credibility of some of the accusers. NBC was quick to make note that this past Sunday’s episode of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ was taped about a year prior to the Cosby sex scandal, and that Cosby’s name was not reared-up in sensationalism.
Earlier today Pulliam appeared on ‘Access Hollywood Live’ and finally spoke up about the Cosby sex scandal. Pulliam spoke of the comedian as being an “awesome” and “great man.” In an interview with hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover she made clear her continuing support, admiration, and affection for Cosby. “Whoever is involved, those are the people who were there. I wasn’t there,” she said. “I can only speak to the great man that I know and love, who has been so generous, who has been such a philanthropist, 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. 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.”
Pulliam serves as the first member of ‘The Cosby Show’ cast to sit down in an interview and speak up on the scandal. She also noted that while she has always been in full support of issues concerning women and abuse, that she also strongly supports and believes in “…due process, and fair being fair….I can only speak to the man I experienced and I know. Everything that’s happened, it’s so unfortunate… the whole thing is very, very unfortunate. But I can’t ignore the legacy that he has built.”
Pullium began her role as Rudy Huxtable in 1984 when she was only four years old. Her television father praised her as a performance “natural.” She acted in the role of Rudy from 1984 to 1992, and during that time she took an NAACP Image Award, a People’s Choice Award, Young Artists Award, and a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award. In 1986 Pulliam became the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress. She was six years old. Since that time Pulliam has grown up into a beautiful adult actress, appearing in films such as ‘Beauty Shop’ and television shows such as Tyler Perry’s ‘House of Payne.’
It makes sense that Pulliam would finally want to speak out in defense of Bill Cosby and the sex scandal. Since none of the star’s accusers have been children, this certainly serves as reason to believe that Pulliam indeed has nothing but fond memories for the famed comic she grew up with.
By Janet Walters Levite