The actress best known for playing Rudy on The Cosby Show reflects on the comedian's legacy

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Keshia Knight Pulliam – who became the first participant to get the boot on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice Sunday – has only kind things to say about the man who once played her dad on The Cosby Show.

Pulliam, best known for portraying Bill Cosby‘s youngest daughter Rudy on the long-running NBC show, told Access Hollywood Live Monday that she only knows the 77-year-old comedian, who has been repeatedly accused of sexual assault, as a “great man.”

“Whoever is involved, those are the people who were there. I wasn’t there,” Pulliam told hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover. “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 is the first castmember from The Cosby Show to give interviews about the comedian, though others like Raven-Symoné have made comments via social media.

When asked if it was conceivable that so many women were assaulted by Cosby, Pulliam argued that while she was a “proponent” of women’s issues – having created a free mentorship program for youths ages 11-16 – she also believes in “due process and fair being fair.”

“I can only speak to the man I experienced and I know,” said Pulliam, who goes on to describe him as “awesome.” “Everything that’s happened, it’s so unfortunate, the whole thing is very, very unfortunate. But I can’t ignore the legacy he’s built.”