- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Film director Judd Apatow says the bombshell news that Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition to obtaining drugs to give women for sex is only shocking to those who refused to believe the dozens of accusers who came forward.

“I don’t think there is anything new here,” Mr. Apatow told Esquire. “It is only new to people who didn’t believe an enormous amount of women who stated clearly that he drugged them.”

The Associated Press reported Monday that according to unsealed court documents, Mr. Cosby admitted under oath in 2005 to drugging multiple women in order to coerce them into sex.The deposition had been part of a sex-abuse lawsuit by Andrea Costand that was settled for an undisclosed amount of money.

More than two dozen women over the past few years have made similar claims that Mr. Cosby coerced them into sexual intercourse, often by drugging them. The comedian has never been criminally charged, often because of statute-of-limitations issues.

“We shouldn’t need Bill Cosby to admit it to believe 40 people who were victimized by him,” Mr. Apatow said. “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.”

The “Girls” director has been outspoken against Mr. Cosby since numerous alleged victims began coming forward in October 2014. In January, Mr. Apatow said he would “absolutely” like to see Mr. Cosby behind bars.

“One thing I do know, is I’m not comfortable with him running around the country doing stand-up like nothing’s happening,” he told standup comic Marc Maron in his WTF podcast. “I absolutely would like to see him in jail. That’s where people who commit sexual assaults go.

“I think that when celebrities commit heinous crimes, people don’t want to let go of their love for their work and their lifelong relationship with them,” Mr. Apatow added. “If we admit that Cosby did this, we’re not allowed to enjoy everything that made us so happy, and I guess in some primal way we don’t want to let go of those memories and those feelings.”

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