Crime

Bill Cosby Escorted Into Court By 'Cosby Show' Costar

| by Michael Howard

Comedian Bill Cosby was accompanied by actress Keshia Knight Pulliam as he arrived to a Pennsylvania court on June 5 to contest charges that he drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee.

Hundreds of photographers and reporters looked on as Pulliam, who played Cosby's daughter for eight seasons on "The Cosby Show," walked arm-in-arm with the embattled comedian from his car to the Montgomery County Courthouse, according to the Daily Mail.

The former costars conversed with one another and did not take questions on their way into the courthouse. At one point, they both broke out into laughter after sharing what appeared to be a private joke.

The 79-year-old comedian was reportedly not accompanied by any members of his real family.

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Pulliam, 38, spoke about her support for Cosby in January during an interview with "Today."

"What I can say is this: I wasn't there," she said, according to the Daily Mail. "You know, it's an unfortunate situation."

"And it's kind of still the same for me, because that was never my experience with him," Pulliam continued. "And I actually had the amazing opportunity to interview him for my podcast, 'Kandidly Keshia' … and share with people the man who I grew up with, the man who I know. 'Cause that just wasn't how I ever experienced him."

Pulliam made similar statements in April during an episode of her podcast.

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"OK, let me just say this real quick, 'cause, you know, I feel you and everyone's entitled to their opinion," she said. "But, you know, we still live in a country where you're innocent until proven guilty. And I understand everything that's happened, and me being a feminist and believing women. I mean, 'no' means 'no' and I get that."

"I did work with him for a really long time, I love him dearly still, and that isn't the man that I know," she added.

Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, according to CNN. Constand first made the accusations in 2005. In 2006, after the district attorney declined to press charges, Cosby settled a civil suit with Constand for an undisclosed amount of money.

Constand, who is one of more than 50 woman to have accused Cosby of sexual assault, has traveled from Toronto for the trial and is reportedly prepared to testify.

"She knows she has the truth on her side," a source told CNN.

Cosby said he does not intend to testify. He will instead stand by his deposition from the 2006 civil suit, in which he maintained that he engaged in consensual sex with Constand and that he kept Quaaludes for the purpose of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with.

According to the criminal complaint, Cosby assaulted Constand in the winter of 2004 after inviting her to his home in Philadelphia. Cosby reportedly told her to take three blue pills that would "take the edge off" and gave her some wine. Constand said she began to experience blurred vision and speech difficulty, and lost all strength in her legs. That’s when Cosby allegedly assaulted her with his hands.

Cosby later told police that the pills were over-the-counter Benadryl. He said the sexual contact was consensual and that Constand never signaled to him that she was uncomfortable or that she had been adversely affected by the medication.

In 2014, Cosby's attorney, Martin Singer, described the allegations as "unsubstantiated, fantastical stories" that were becoming "increasingly ridiculous."

Cosby sued Constand in 2016 on the grounds that she violated the terms of their civil settlement by participating in the criminal investigation into his alleged conduct.

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Photo credit: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Flickr

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