Keshia Knight Pulliam
Keshia Knight Pulliam, former star of “The Cosby Show” said despite the numerous allegations surrounding Bill Cosby, 78, the legacy of the seminal series is still important.
In a recent interview with theGrio.com, while she was discussing her new role in a romantic comedy entitled Will to Love, she defended the impact of the 1980s sitcom.
“I can say that, based upon the people that continuously approach me and talk about how it’s profoundly impacted their lives, I don’t feel you can take that back,” Pulliam said. “You can’t take back the impact that it’s had on generations of kids, and it’s continuing to have such a positive impact on them. So I feel like the place that it has in people’s hearts is such a nostalgic part of childhood and beyond, it’s going to be difficult to take back those memories.”
More than 40 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct going back for decades. Cosby has not been charged with a crime and he and his lawyers have denied any wrongdoings.
Cosby has been under a lot of scrutiny and multiple projects and shows involving the actor and comedian have been pulled. Cosby has also has been stripped of honorary degrees from three universities, according to CNN.
Pulliam also stood by comments she made in January on NBC’s “Today” where she said that the sexual assault accusations against Cosby contradict the man she knows.
“My comment doesn’t really change, because, still, regardless of how many… that’s just not the man I know. That’s not who I experienced. I never had that interaction with him, so I can’t speak to it,” she told theGrio.
Pulliam was best known for her role as “Rudy,” the youngest Huxtable child on the show from 1984-1992.