Keshia Knight Pulliam Continues to Stand By Bill Cosby: 'That's Just Not the Man That I Ever Experienced'
Pulliam has said that she will accept the outcome of the trial, but she could not say whether a guilty verdict would change her opinion of Cosby
“It was important for me to be there because at the end of the day, I truly believe you’re innocent until proven guilty, and that’s just not the man that I ever experienced,” the 38-year-old actress said.
“I just thought about it like 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, when all of these things, but I wanted to do what I would have wanted to receive.”
Pulliam has said that she will accept the outcome of the trial, which is currently in the hands of the jury, but she could not say whether a guilty verdict would change her opinion of Cosby.
“I’m going to have to cross that bridge when I come to it,” she said. “I’ll be disappointed, however it won’t change the love because when you have people falter, people make mistakes, but in no way does that condone sexual assault.”
The child star added that as a mother and graduate of an all-female college, sexual assault is “nothing that I take lightly or that I condone in any way, shape or form, but he’s still a person. He’s still a father, a husband, a parent, someone’s son.”
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Pulliam also provided a glimpse into Cosby’s state of mind as the jury enters their third day of deliberations.
“In my interactions with him, he’s in good spirits. He’s been upbeat,” she said. “Knowing Mr. Cosby is to know he’s a comedian — there’s always a sense of laughter and I’m grateful to see that his spirit hasn’t been broken as a result of this process because it’s arduous. There’s nothing happy, there’s nothing good about it for either side.”
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“The only people who know exactly what happened were the two people in the room at the given time,” Pulliam said. “Ultimately, if she chooses to forgive him for those things, that’s between the two of them.”
Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, 44. He faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with Constand’s allegations. She claims he sexually assaulted her at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004.
Cosby has pleaded not guilty to the charges — insisting their sexual contact was consensual — and has denied similar allegations from more than 60 women. Constand, who is gay, says the contact was not consensual.