Now that Bill Cosby has admitted to procuring Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, his critics are calling on those who've stood by the comedian to offer their support to his accusers.
Director Judd Apatow, in particular, called attention to Cosby's two wives - his real-life wife, Camille, and Phylicia Rashad, who played his on-screen spouse on The Cosby Show - to shift their allegiance. Both women have offered unwavering public support to Cosby in the wake of the numerous accusations of sexual assault that have been leveled against him. Bill and Camille Cosby have been married since 1964.
"I don't think there is anything new here," Apatow told Esquire, reacting to news that Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition to drugging at least one woman, which was released Monday. "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 40 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."
Apatow previously referred to Cosby as "a serial rapist."
Others who have supported Cosby, including singer Jill Scott, are now backpedaling. In a series of tweets, Scott said she was "completely disgusted" by Monday's revelations.
About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations.— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 6, 2015
I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It HURTS!!! When you get it ALL right, holla.— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 6, 2015
1) We live in America. Many African American men are detained &/or imprisoned for crimes without evidence. I will never jump on bandwagons— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 6, 2015
2) based on social media or hearsay. Proof will always matter more than public opinion. The sworn testimony is proof. Completely disgusted.— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 6, 2015
Cosby's 2005 deposition was in response to a sexual abuse lawsuit against him that was settled in 2006 for undisclosed terms. "The only reason Mr. Cosby settled was because it would have been embarrassing in those days to put all those women on the stand and his family had no clue," Cosby's lawyer told ABC News Monday. "That would have been very hurtful."