‘Cosby Show’ Star Keshia Knight Pulliam Says Sex Scandal ‘Can’t Take Back’ Series’ Legacy

“You can’t take back the impact that it’s had on generations of kids,” actress says of classic sitcom

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Time will tell what sort of shape Bill Cosby‘s legacy will end up in after being accused of raping or sexually assaulting dozens of women. But as far as one of stars of “The Cosby Show” is concerned, the legacy of the landmark series is safe.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played young daughter Rudy Huxtable on the series, said in an interview with The Grio that the show’s impact on its audience “is going to be difficult” to erase.

“I can say that, based upon the people that continuously approach me and talk about how it’s profoundly impacted their lives, I don’t feel you can take that back,” Pulliam said. “You can’t take back the impact that it’s had on generations of kids, and it’s continuing to have such a positive impact on them.”

The actress continued, “So I feel like the place that it has in people’s hearts is such a nostalgic part of childhood and beyond, it’s going to be difficult to take back those memories.”

In the past year, Cosby has been accused by dozens of women, many of whom claim that the embattled comedian drugged them before violating them.

The 78-year-old is facing multiple lawsuits over the accusations, and has suffered a number of career setbacks, including NBC shelving a comedy project that it was developing for the star.

Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, has denied the allegations in the past.