Keisha Knight Pulliam Explains Her Presence At Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Trial

"I want to be the person that I would like to have if the tables were turned," the actress told reporters on Monday (June 5). 

Keisha Knight Pulliam plans to give as much support as she can to her former TV father Bill Cosby, because karma.

Associated Press reports Knight Pulliam explained most of her support in Cosby's sexual assault case comes from faith in the judicial system and the old notion of role reversal. "I want to be the person that I would like to have if the tables were turned," said Knight Pulliam."Right now, it's the jury's job and the jury's decision to determine guilt or innocence. It's not mine or anyone else's."

The actress famously played Rudy on the iconic series The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992. She went on to star in films like Beauty Shop and Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail.

Day one of Cosby's trial took place at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Monday (June 5) with the 38-year-old seen by reporters escorting the 79-year-old comedian into the building. Cosby is facing up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. Knight Pulliam, who has a foundation supporting the wellness of young girls, stated she wasn't a supporter of the alleged crimes, but believes the trial should be viewed from an objective point of view.

"I don't condone sexual assault in any way, shape or form, but, at the end of the day, our court system is set up ... you're innocent until proven guilty," the actress said. "The job now is for the two sides to prove their cases, and I accept whatever verdict is handed down."

Cosby shared his appreciation for his TV daughter on Twitter.

On Tuesday (June 6), Cosby arrived with his spokesman by his side. Constand also made her first appearance since her 2004 case against the comedian was brought back into the public eye. Kelly Johnson was the first to testify Monday and explained how she was assaulted by Cosby in 1996. Johnson and her mother Dr. Patrice Sewell testified that Cosby tried to get her fired from the William Morris talent agency after the alleged assault happened. "She was distraught… because of the conversation that she had heard and she thought that both Mr. Cosby and Tom Illius [Cosby's agent] or Mr. Cosby was setting her up in some kind of way."

With Constand taking the stand today, Cosby's defense plans to explain their sexual contact was consensual.

UPDATE: 06/14/2017 2:00 P.M. EST

Knight-Pulliam has defended her presence at Cosby's trial once again. On Wednesday (June 14), the actress and former Cosby Show star appeared on the Today show to share her thoughts on her TV dad.

"It was important for me to be there because at the end of the day, I believe you're innocent until proven guilty. And that's not the man that I ever experienced," she said. "And I thought about it, how would I want to be treated if I was in that situation? And the true test of family, of friendship, of loyalty comes [at that moment]. It's easier to be there for someone when business is good, when money is good, all these things.'I just felt like I wanted to do what I would have wanted to receive."

She also shared her thoughts on his state of mind during the trial. "I can't speak to this exact moment, but my interactions with him, he's been in good spirits. He's been upbeat," she said. "Knowing Mr. Cosby is to know, he's a comedian. There's that sense of laughter. And I was grateful to see his spirit hadn't been broken as a result of this process."

The defense for the trial rested Tuesday (June 12), with the outcome now in the hands of the jury. If convicted for the three counts of aggravated indecent assault, the 79-year-old can face up to 30 years in jail.

Watch Pulliam-Knight's interview below.

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Rihanna Stuns At Fenty Pop-Up Event In New York City

That Rihanna reign just won’t let up.

Less than a month after launching her Fenty collection in Paris, Rihanna is expanding her pop-up shop to New York City. The Grammy winner attended the NYC opening at The Webster SOHO Tuesday (June 18) sporting a hot pink mini-dress and freshly done auburn-colored braids, complemented by turquoise accessories.

Rihanna's size-inclusive luxury clothing line comes just in time for summer with brightly colored bodycon dresses, graphic T-shirts, snakeskin heels, and glitzy accessories, according to Billboard.

The first installment of the Fenty collection, showcasing structured denim looks, corset dresses, strappy spiral sandals, pleated pants and fanny packs, became available for sale via on May 19.

Rihanna outlined her unconventional design vision to the  T, The New Times Style Magazine last month.“I want to be as disruptive as possible,” she explained of breaking free from the conventional fashion schedule. “The brand is not traditional. There is no runway show. It's a new way of doing things because I believe that this is where fashion is going to go eventually."

The NYC Fenty pop-up shop, which is described as a “two-story immersive experience,” will be open to the public from Jun 19 until Jun 30.

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Ed Sheeran Taps Cardi, 50 Cent, H.E.R. And More For New Album

Ed Sheeran is commissioning a star-studded roster for his upcoming album, No.6 Collaborations Project. 50 Cent, Cardi B, Khalid, Meek Mill, H.E.R., Travis Scott, Stormzy, Young Thug, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and PNB Rock are among the packed list of collaborations.

The British pop crooner released the track list last month, but debuted the full list of features via Instagram Tuesday (June 18).

Sheeran teams with Chance the Rapper and PNB Rock for the recently released single “Cross Me,” and Bieber on an acoustic offering of his new single, “I Don’t Care.”

“I’m a huge fan of all of the artists I worked with on the album,” the singer-songwriter said in a statement according to Rolling Stone. “Whether I’ve been following them since the beginning of their careers, or had their albums on repeat, they’re artists that inspire me and all bring something special to each track. Can’t wait for you to hear it!”

No. 6 Collaborations Project is due out July 6.

See the track list below.


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Thanks to all the amazing artists I’ve worked with on this record for sharing your talent with me. No.6 Collaborations Project comes out on July 12, hope you like it as much as I do @travisscott @thegr8khalid @camila_cabello @iamcardib @chancetherapper @pnbrock @stormzy @yebbasmith @justinbieber @eminem @50cent @youngthug @theuglygram @ellamai @paulolondra @santandave @hermusicofficial @meekmill @artisthbtl @skrillex @brunomars @chrisstapleton

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XXXTentacion Documentary Trailer Released, Fans Mark One-Year Anniversary Of Rapper’s Death

Fans will soon get a behind-the-scenes looks at the life of XXXTentacion.  To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death, the slain rapper’s estate announced a new documentary and forthcoming posthumous album, Spin reports.

The chilling documentary trailer released Tuesday (June 18), includes an eerie message from the Florida native born, Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy.

“There’s definitely a difference between Jahseh Onfroy and XXXTentacion,” he says in the clip. “This is the story, this is the full story. And this is the last time I will tell it.”

XXXTentacion’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard,  marked the somber anniversary by sharing a photo of their final phone call, which took place hours before he was shot and killed.


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My hearts forever shattered 💔 6/18/18 last phone call.

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Fans and fellow artists shared dedications to XXXTentacion on social media, and others flocked to the Florida  mausoleum where he’s buried.

One year ago 💔#LLJ #LLj🕊 #xxxtentacion

— AssassinLord444🧛🏼‍♂️ (@AssassinLord44) June 17, 2019

tomorrow will mark the day , X life was taken from him. you miss you man.

I want to link up tomorrow @ a park in play music & smoke for jah ! if you in California! Pull up ! Let’s barbecue let’s have fun ! we miss you jah ! #xxxtentacion

— sincerely, tokyo 🎌 (@madeintyo) June 17, 2019

i can’t even begin to believe its been a year??? where the hell did time go? no, it can’t have been a year already😭 miss him so much. but i know he’s still with us. i really can feel it. his energy. his name will live FOREVER. also... here’s my fave edit... #xxxtentacion

— sabina!-🦋 (@fvcknxxx) June 18, 2019

The 20-year-old recording artist was gunned down in South Florida on June 18, 2018. Six months later, XXXTentacion’s estate released his third studio album, Skins. He went on to win a posthumous American Music Award and BET Award.

Watch the documentary trailer in the video above.

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