Bill Cosby's 'Ghost Dad' Co-Star Says He Always Acted Professionally On Set

by 6:50 PM PST, November 24, 2014
Playing Bill Cosby's 'Ghost Dad' Co-Star Says He Always Acted Professionally On Set

As new accusations of sexual assaults continue to surface, one of Bill Cosby's former co-stars is coming to his defense. Kimberly Russell, who played Cosby's daughter in the 1990 film Ghost Dad, on Monday told ET's Brooke Anderson Cosby always treated her professionally.

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"I was alone with him," Russell told ET. "There were times when I would have to rehearse a scene in his trailer or he would come to my trailer and he was 100 percent respectful and never inappropriate."

Russell, who was in her 20s when she worked with the embattled comedian, said that she never felt uncomfortable around Cosby and considers the allegations against him to be "totally out of character" of the Cosby that she knows and respects.

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"Personally I find [the allegations] shocking," said Russell. "Whether or not I think that something like this could happen -- of course it could happen -- but when I question whether or not I think that the man I worked with is capable of those things … that's where it's very hard for me to speak to something that I don't know, because my experience was so incredibly different."

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This comes after a new accuser, Kristina Ruehli, stepped forward, claiming that Cosby attempted to force her to perform a sex act.

"I can only speculate that something was put in my drink ... After the second drink I just went lights out," Kristina told ET. "The way that he assaulted me -- he was naked ... I know his chest was naked and I think his pants were off and when I came too he attempted to push my head."

Frank Scotti, a 90-year-old former employee of NBC, spoke to the Today show on Monday, claiming that he "felt like a pimp" when he worked with Cosby.

Scottie claimed that for several years, he would regularly bring women to the comedian's dressing room in Brooklyn. He also claimed that at times he was asked by Cosby to send money to women, sometimes thousands of dollars a month.

Few former colleagues have stepped forward in support of Cosby since new and older allegations have gained media attention in recent weeks.

Cosby Show producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner last week issued a neutral statement, saying, "The Bill we know was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television. These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension."

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Still, his former co-star Kimberly Russell would like to see Cosby clear his name.

"I'm hoping that my friend will prevail," said Russell. "That's where I am right now."

Cosby has repeatedly denied all accusations and has never been criminally charged for any of the claims against him. Last week he told Florida Today, "I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos."