Malcolm-Jamal Warner is the latest The Cosby Show alum to address allegations that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted several women over the years.
“He’s one of my mentors, and he’s been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor,” Warner told Billboard in an interview. “Just as it’s painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it’s just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this.”
Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy on the show also commented on the damning scandal. “Whoever is involved, those are the people who were there. I wasn’t there. I can only speak to the great man that I know and love, who has been so generous, who has been such a philanthropist, 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.”
At least 27 women have accused Cosby of drugging them and/or sexually assaulting them. The comedian has denied all of the allegations.