Keshia Knight Pulliam played Bill Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy, on The Cosby Show and even though the show’s been long over, she’s still sticking by her TV dad.
As the jury entered their third day of deliberations, the 38-year-old actress explained why she showed up in court to support Cosby last week for opening arguments.
“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,” she told NBC’s Today show. “I just thought about it, how would I want to be treated if God forbid I was in that situation?”
When asked whether her opinion of Cosby would change via the verdict, which would likely condemn him of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004, Pulliam responded, “I’m going to have to just cross that bridge when I come to it. I’ll be disappointed, however, it won’t change the love,” she said. “When you have family, people falter, people make mistakes, things happen — but in no way is that condoning sexual assault.
“It’s nothing that I take lightly or that I condone in any way, shape or form, but he’s still a person,” she continued. “He’s still a father, a husband, a parent, someone’s son.”
View the full Today show segment with Keshia Knight Pulliam below.