Director and producer Judd Apatow slammed Bill Cosby Monday following the release of court documents in which Cosby admitted to having acquired Quaaludes to give to young women he intended to have sex with.
Apatow tweeted Monday, “It’s a very sad situation. Now can we all stand up and support the victims? Will silence continue?” He included a link to the Associated Press story breaking the news of the unsealed documents from a 2005 deposition. In the legal papers, which TheWrap also obtained, Cosby admitted to giving the drugs to at least one woman, as well as “other people.”
Later Monday, Apatow gave a statement to Esquire calling on Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, and his former co-star on “The Cosby Show,” Phylicia Rashad, to publicly support the comedian’s accusers.
“I don’t think there is anything new here,” Apatow told the magazine. “It is only new to people who didn’t believe an enormous amount of women who stated clearly that he drugged them. We shouldn’t need Bill Cosby to admit it to believe forty people who were victimized by him. I am sure there are many victims who have not come forward. Maybe now more people in show business and all around our country will stand up and tell the people he attacked that we support you and believe you. I also hope Camille Cosby and Phylicia Rashad will now stand with the victims and not with their attacker.”
Rashad defended Cosby in January, when she responded to a question from website Showbiz411 about mounting sexual-assault allegations against Cosby by saying “forget those women.” Rashad later told ABC News that she had been misquoted, but continued to defend Cosby, adding, “What has happened is declaration in the media of guilt without proof.”
Apatow has been a frequent and outspoken critic of Cosby. “”I always wonder why some people try so hard to not believe women who have been assaulted,” he tweeted in January. “What is the root of that?” He added in a later tweet. “I am pretty sure I have had sex with less people than he raped.”