On Monday at 9:35am, Bill Cosby arrived for the first day of his sexual assault trial regarding his alleged interactions with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam.
At the age of 79, his life and legacy are on the line, with his image of a father and family man at risk once his accuser takes the stand.
This is the only case that actually came out of the dozens of sexual assault allegations that have been brought up against him. As he was walking into the trial, when asked by reporters how he was feeling, Cosby smiled but said nothing.
Cosby is being accused of drugging and assaulting the former college basketball manager in 2004.
Pulliam used to play Ruby Huxtable, Cosby’s youngest daughter, on “The Cosby Show.”
The judge is trying to keep the media out of the case, so that this does not turn into another O.J. Simpson trial, therefore cameras are banned in the court rooms of this Philadelphia trial as well as the jury being sequestered for the entirety of the two-week trial.
From AP NEWS:
The first day of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial has the usual trappings of a high-profile trial. The only thing missing was the crowd. A television news helicopter buzzed overhead, photographers and their step ladders pressed against bicycle-rack barricades and the street outside the courthouse in Montgomery County is lined with television trucks. Just as during his pretrial appearances, the day attracted a few gawkers — including a man who asked the 79-year-old actor for his thoughts on President Donald Trump’s “possible collusion with the Russians.” One man in the media contingent brought several boxes of doughnuts and jugs of coffee for his colleagues. Cosby goes on trial Monday in the only criminal case to emerge from the dozens of sexual assault allegations lodged against him.