We haven’t really covered the Bill Cosby rape trial, because only so many palate-cleansing puppy videos exist on YouTube. But on June 5, a jury in Norristown, PA began hearing the criminal case against Bill Cosby. Like a thousand other women (I’m obviously underestimating that number), Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team, accused Ole’ Sleazy Puddin’ Pop of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his mansion near Philadelphia in January 2004. Cosby was hit with three charges of aggravated indecent assault. The trial lasted six days and most of that was spent on the prosecution presenting their case. Cosby’s defense team only took six minutes to present their case and called one witness. I’m surprised they took six minutes. That seems like a long time. I would think they’d just tell the jury, “Now, do you really think that the beloved TV dad you grew up with would ever be guilty of something other than wearing wacky sweaters?!” Cosby didn’t testify.
CNN says that the jury started deliberating on Monday night and after spending a total of 31 hours trying to decide if he’s guilty or innocent, they shuffled into court today to shrug at the judge and let him know they are deadlocked.
Which of course means it’s only a matter of time before the dramatic custody battle begins. But for now let’s just enjoy this simple moment in between when nothing dramatic or awful is happening. Keshia Knight Pulliam announced yesterday on Instagram that she gave birth to the baby girl she made with her soon-to-be ex-husband Ed Hartwell. Keshia named her new baby the same thing that 98% of your friends from Facebook named their daughter, which is Ella Grace.
Ed Hartwell has remained social media silent on the birth of his daughter. Although that’s not a huge shock. A week after Keshia announced she was knocked up, Ed filed for divorce and demanded a paternity test. Keshia responded by swearing to Entertainment Tonight that the only person who cheated during their six-month marriage was Ed. She then accused Ed of plotting against her baby and attempting to trigger a miscarriage (something Ed denied while also calling Keshia a money-grabbing stunt queen).
That’s a whole lot of MESS to pack into nine months. I can only imagine what Keshia and Ed will be able to do with eighteen years. Ed will start by demanding a second opinion on that paternity test as his family and ex-wife continue to hiss at Keshia on social media. Keshia will respond by running to the media and accusing Ed of something diabolical, like attempting to make his child support payments in pennies. And while they’re doing that, Baby Ella Grace will be flipping through pictures of people from Keshia’s past with the hope that one of them might temporarily adopt her until her parents figure their shit out. “Hmmm…definitely not that creepy old guy, not that lady either. I’m thinking Lisa Bonet. She seems cool.”
On Saturday, Keshia Knight Pulliam reminded everyone that the situation with her soon-to-be ex-husband/father of her unborn baby Ed Hartwell was still 100% awful by alleging in divorce documents that he has been “plotting to harm” her and their baby. Rudy Huxtable didn’t get into the specifics of Ed’s alleged plot; only that he was trying to “obstruct her pregnancy” and was planning to use “underhanded and unusual conduct” to trigger a miscarriage. She also mentioned that Ed has access to guns. Ed is now telling his side and says that everyone can stop sending Rudy blueprints for an in-womb panic room. Ed says he’s not plotting against their unborn baby.
This mess was already situated firmly in the “complicated“ column on the spreadsheet that is Rudy Huxtable (Keshia Knight-Pulliam) and her former NFL linebacker husband Ed Hartwell’s busted marriage. Consider it moved over to the “dark-sided” column, and it’s written in blood-red Diediedie font. In divorce documents, Keshia is accusing her husband of trying to cause her to miscarry her unborn baby. Ed denies he supplied the semen on this one. If this attempted murder accusation is true, the Georgia Child Support Calculator must have spit out the sum of “bloodshed“ at him, causing his ass to panic.
Two days ago, we learned that Keshia Knight Pulliam was going through a whole Dr. Phil-episode’s worth of relationship awfulness with her husband of six months, former NFL player and one-time RHOA husband Ed Hartwell. A week after Keshia announced that she was knocked up with Ed’s baby, he filed for divorce and demanded a paternity test. It’s nowhere near the worst reason that a former Cosby Show cast member has found themselves in the news for recently, but it’s definitely not great.
Keshia and Ed’s situation got even more complicated. Rudy Huxtable sat down with Entertainment Tonight last night and told her side of the story.
Last week, Keshia Knight Pulliam announced on Instagram that she’s knocked up with a baby girl by posing with a pink cupcake (because I guess Clearblue ran out of sponsored celebrity pregnancy announcement packs). I’m sure at the time she would have never thought that only a week later she’d be dealing with both morning sickness and divorce papers, but here we are.
People magazine says that Rudy Huxtable’s husband of six months Ed Hartwell, who’s a former NFL player and the ex of one-time Real Housewife of Atlanta Lisa Wu, has filed for divorce. Rudy and Ed dated for four months last year before getting engaged on New Year’s Eve, which was followed by a surprise wedding in their living room sometime in January 2016. Ed lists “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for why he wants Keshia to join Lisa Wu in the Ex-Wives of Ed Hartwell Club.
Filing for divorce after only six months of marriage is messy enough. Serving your wife divorce papers while she’s knocked up with your kid takes it to an even-messier level. But that’s not where the craziness ends. TMZ says Ed has also demanded that Keshia prove who the daddy is. Ed’s rep told The YBF that all he wants right now is a paternity test for the baby. That’s right, we’ve entered Maury territory.
So far, neither Keshia nor Ed have said anything about this on social media. But TMZ does know that Keshia isn’t feeling this divorce. According to the documents filed by Ed, Keshia is contesting the divorce. She has 30 days to file a response, which may just include walking into a courtroom with her giant knocked-up baby bump on display saying “This. This is why I don’t want to deal with a divorce right now.”