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Keshia Knight Pulliam Defends Bill Cosby: 'People Falter, People Make Mistakes'

Keshia Knight Pulliam is standing by her TV father, Bill Cosby, amid his trial for allegations that he sexually assaulted a former Temple University employee at his home in 2004

The 79-year-old former comedian has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 40 women over the years.

“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…I just thought about it, how would I want to be treated if God forbid I was in that situation? It’s easy to be there for someone when things are good… I just felt like I wanted to do what I would have wanted to receive,” Keshia said on the Today show.

“I’ll be disappointed [if he's found guilty], however it won’t change the love because 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, he’s still a husband, a parent, someone’s son,” she continued.

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Bill Cosby's TV Daughter Keshia Knight Pulliam Supports Him at Sexual Assault Trial

Bill Cosby is escorted into the Montgomery County Courthouse by his former The Cosby Show on-screen daughter Keshia Knight Pulliam on Monday (June 5) in Norristown, Penn.

The 79-year-old former comedian is going to trial for allegations that he sexually assaulted a former Temple University employee at his home in 2004. More than 40 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault over the years.

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is representing the plaintiff Andrea Constand, who will take the stand this week.

“I’m not going to predict what the outcome is,” Allred said (via THR). “We’ll see what the evidence is. But this case is not going to be decided on optics, it’s going to be decided on the evidence, and finally, it’s Mr. Cosby who’s going to have to face that evidence and confront the accusers who are against him.”

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Cosby Show's Keshia Knight Pulliam Welcomes a Baby Girl!

Congratulations are in order for Keshia Knight Pulliam!

The 37-year-old The Cosby Show actress has welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Ella Grace!

Ella‘s presumed father is Keshia‘s estranged husband Ed Hartwell, who filed for divorce and demanded a paternity test just days after she announced the pregnancy news.

Keshia announced her baby’s arrival by sharing a photo of her holding the little girl and showing off her tiny feet. “Ella Grace has arrived!!! ”: @mrpulliam,” she captioned the below photo on Instagram.

Keshia Knight Pulliam's Husband Ed Hartwell Files for Divorce One Week After Pregnancy Announcement

Keshia Knight Pulliam‘s husband Ed Hartwell has filed for divorce – one week after announcing her pregnancy.

The 38-year-old former NFL player filed for divorce on Monday (July 25) in Atlanta, Ga, and Keshia, a former star on The Cosby Show, is contesting his petition, TMZ reports.

“Right now, the only thing I want is a paternity test for the baby,” Ed is reported to have said, according to YBF.

The couple were married in January after dating for only four months. No official statement has been made.

The Cosby Show's Keshia Knight Pulliam Discusses Bill Cosby Rape Accusations: He Was a 'Great' Man

Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show, is speaking out about Bill Cosby‘s sexual assault allegations against many women.

“Ultimately, I really can’t speak to that. Whoever is involved, those are the people who were there. I wasn’t there,” the 35-year-old said to Access Hollywood. “I can only speak to the great man that I know and love, who has been so generous, who has been such a philanthropist and giving back millions of dollars to education and schools. And just the man I grew up knowing. It’s really not my place to speak on that. Unfortunately, in the court of public opinion everyone has formed their opinion, but we’re still in America and you’re innocent until proven guilty of any crimes.”

“He was awesome, he was the guy who made jokes with me to make me remember my lines… he’s the man who inspired me to be such an entrepreneur… I feel that his legacy and all the great things he’s done speak volumes,” Keshia added about her on-screen dad. “Everything that’s happened, it’s so unfortunate, the whole thing is very, very unfortunate. I can’t ignore the legacy he’s built.”

Keshia was recently a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice and (SPOILER ALERT) was recently fired for not calling Bill up during her challenge.