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Keshia Knight Pulliam addresses Bill Cosby sex abuse accusations after 'Celebrity Apprentice' firing

Keshia Knight Pulliam attends the premiere of

Keshia Knight Pulliam attends the premiere of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" on Monday, August 5, 2013 in New York. Photo Credit: AP / Charles Sykes

Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played youngest child Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," on Monday spoke for the first time publicly about the sexual-abuse allegations surrounding the man who played her on-screen father, Bill Cosby.

"What I can say is this: I wasn't there," Pulliam, 35, said on the "Today" show. "No one was there, except for the two people, to know exactly what happened. All I can speak to is the man that I know and I love. The fact that he has been such an example -- and you can't take away from the great that he has done. You know, the amount, the millions and millions of dollars, that he has given back to colleges and education, and just what he did with 'The Cosby Show' and how groundbreaking that was."

She said the allegations by women who began coming forward in November, are "just that, allegations. And, you know, it's very much been played out in the court of public opinion. But we're still in America, where ultimately you're innocent until proven guilty." Cosby's attorneys have denounced the allegations.

On Sunday night, Pulliam was the first person fired from Donald Trump's reality-show competition "Celebrity Apprentice" after she refused to call Cosby for a charity donation. "This show was taped [in March] just before the terrible Bill Cosby revelations came to light," Trump tweeted Sunday night. "She still should have asked him for money -- goes to charity." Pulliam said she had not been in contact with Cosby for five years.

Monday, in an Instagram photo of himself with Pulliam, Trump called her "a wonderful woman," adding, "It was an honor to donate $25,000 to her charity," the Atlanta-based youth foundation Kamp Kizzy.


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