Bill Cosby’s “television daughter,” Atlanta actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, walked arm-in-arm with him into a Pennsylvania courthouse on Monday.
He’s letting everyone know how much he appreciates the support.
“Thank you to Cliff and Claire’s 4 year old daughter (Rudy) and the Brilliant Spelman Alumnus,” Cosby’s verified Twitter account posted following the day’s proceedings. That was followed by a three-hashtag post saying simply, “#TheCosbyShow, #KeishaKnightPulliam (sic) and #CameToCourtToHearTheTruth.”
Pulliam, now a mom herself, played little Rudy on “The Cosby Show” as a child.
Spelman severed its ties with Cosby in 2015 as allegations of assault began piling up, the AJC’s Ariel Hart reported.
Like Pulliam, two of Cosby’s daughters attended Spelman, and Cosby and his wife Camille donated $20 million in the late 1980’s – the largest ever personal gift to a historically black college or university at the time. It helped fund a new academic center housing state-of-the art classrooms, labs and a fine arts museum; as well as the endowed professorship.
Pulliam’s television brother Malcolm Jamal-Warner, known as Theo Huxtable on the popular sitcom, has been more muted in his response.
“I think what was more difficult was to separate the headlines from the headlines. The media paints a certain picture that if you don’t do due diligence and actually spend time looking through the stories that are being told, you are just going on what you’re being spoon-fed,” he said during a 2016 interview with Extra. “I’m neither defending him nor throwing him under the bus, I’m looking at the media’s role and how the media forms public opinion.”
During an appearance on “The Real” last year, Jamal-Warner complained that Cosby’s legal woes were having an economic ripple effect on him.
“It’s literally taking money out of my pocket,” Warner said, as “Cosby Show” reruns had been yanked off the air. “It personally affects me.”
(They’ve since returned to the airways).
During the “Real” interview Warner agains stressed that he was not in a position to defend his former TV dad but noted what he called the “unbalanced” ramifications of Cosby’s troubles, compared to other high-profile cases.
“You just look at how the media is playing this whole thing out. And I can’t help but think about Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Stephen Collins,” he said.
Cosby, 79, stands accused of an assault on Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. He has entered a not-guilty plea and said during a a radio interview on the eve of jury selection he did not expect to testify during the trial.