Director Judd Apatow hopes that the release of 2005 court documents that show Bill Cosby admitted to buying quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women will push the comedian’s supporters, including his wife Camille Cosby and former co-star Phylicia Rashad, to “stand with the victims.”
“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,” Apatow said in a statement provided to Esquire. “I also hope Camille Cosby and Phylicia Rashad will now stand with the victims and not with their attacker.”
Last December, Camille Cosby came to her husband’s defense amid numerous sexual assault allegations.
“We all followed the story of the article in the Rolling Stone concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heart-breaking, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue. Many in the media were quick to link that story to stories about my husband — until that story unwound,” Camille Cosby said in a statement. “None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking a victim. But the question should be asked — who is the victim?”
In January, after Rashad was quoted as saying “forget these women” when asked about the allegations, the former Cosby Show star clarified that she was taken out of context. “That was a misquote. That is not what I said. What I said is, ‘This is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy.'” Rashad said in an interview with ABC. “I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”
But the actress did state that Cosby was being tried in the press. “What has happened is declaration in the media of guilt without proof,” she said.
Apatow has frequently spoken out against Cosby, and has even been criticized for focusing on the allegations. “If everybody was talking about it, I probably wouldn’t have much to say about it,” Apatow told Marc Maron earlier this year. “But I don’t want it to suddenly disappear and then he kind of just goes back out on the road and does his thing.”
Following the release of the deposition on Monday, Apatow called for everyone to stand up against Cosby.
Read Apatow’s full statement at Esquire.