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Keshia Knight Pulliam Joins Bill Cosby In Court For Sexual Assault Trial

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Bill Cosby Keshia Knight Pulliam Court

By Michael Lewittes |

Bill Cosby Keshia Knight Pulliam Court

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Keshia Knight Pulliam joined Bill Cosby on Monday at a Norristown, Pennsylvania court, where his sexual assault trial is set to begin. Pulliam, of course, played the 79-year-old actor’s daughter Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” As Gossip Cop previously reported, Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually molesting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his home in Cheltenham in 2004. Since the renewed interest in Cosby and his alleged sexual exploits, the comedian has been accused by more than 50 different women of having been assaulted. For his part, Cosby has denied the allegations.

More than a decade ago, Constand alleged Cosby drugged her with two Benadryl pills and then touched her breasts and vagina, without consent, as she lay “paralyzed,” as well as made her touch his penis. The district attorney’s office, at the time, declined to file criminal charges against Cosby, claiming there was “insufficient” evidence to prosecute him. Constand then filed a civil suit against the comedian, and in 2006 the two reached an out-of-court settlement, with a confidentiality agreement that seemingly assured Cosby that Constand would never discuss the specifics of the incident. Cosby unsuccessfully argued that with the reemergence of allegations leveled at the comedian, Constand’s more recent depositions and conversations with prosecutors was a breach of their confidentiality agreement.

Monday marks the first day of Cosby’s case in which he stands trial of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. And while more than four dozen women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, the case will hinge on the testimony of Constand and another unidentified woman. For his part, Cosby maintained his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual. He is not slated to testify, and instead a deposition he gave in December 2005, during which he acknowledged giving other women Quaaludes in order to have sex with them, will be used in court. If convicted by the jury, Cosby could face up to 30 years in prison .

 


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