NORRISTOWN, Pa. — As Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial starts, there will be a reminder of his former status as “America’s Dad” — the actress who played his youngest daughter on TV.
Cosby’s team says it has lined up Keshia Knight Pulliam, 38, who played Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” to be in the Pennsylvania courtroom where the comedian will be blamed for drugging and assaulting a woman at his home in 2004.
Phylicia Rashad, who played Cosby’s wife on the show, has defended him in the past, but it was not clear if she would appear at the two-week trial.
A few of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual misbehaviour also plan to be in the green-domed courthouse in small-town Pennsylvania.
“I haven’t seen him since 1969,” said Victoria Valentino, 74, who says Cosby drugged and assaulted her in Los Angeles nearly five decades ago.
“I hope he makes eye contact because I’d love to look him in the eye and stare him down.”
Cosby, 79, is on trial for purportedly assaulting just one woman, Andrea Constand, who worked for his alma mater, Temple University.
She claims that after two years of friendship and mentorship, the star turned predator, giving her pills that weakened her and then molesting her while she lay “paralyzed.”