“Someone has to stand up for these women and someone in his community needs to call him out and say, ‘This is awful, you should be in jail,'” Apatow said during his speech at the Rape Foundation Annual Brunch – which honored Apatow – in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
He continued: “We all need to support the victims and tell them, ‘We care about you and we believe in you.'”
The 47-year-old producer/writer/director went on to say that Cosby “broke trust with the world.”
“He’s not the man he presented himself to be and some people think it’s wrong to tear him down and tear down his legacy, but he tore down his own legacy,” Apatow said. “You don t get a free pass because of your good deeds. He still committed crimes. It doesn’t matter how funny he was.”
To date more than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault. The former sitcom star has not been charged with sexual assault and his lawyer, Marty Singer has previously denied the accusations calling them “utter nonsense.”
As for why Apatow started to publicly talk about the scandal? The father-of-two explained it was “because almost no one else was speaking out against [Cosby] and almost nobody in our community spoke out against him.”
“To this very day, very few people with power have gone on-record and said, ‘He’s an evil person and I stand with his victims,'” Apatow said at the brunch, which benefited The Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center.
He added: “We all need to speak up when we see something like this is happening and we need to intervene when someone is crossing the line. We need to be role models for respectful relationships – and we all need to support the victims and tell them, ‘We care about you.’ Because if we don’t, people will not come forward and the abuse and the violence will continue.”
Cosby is scheduled to be deposed on Oct. 9 by civil-rights attorney Gloria Allred in a civil case brought by Judy Huth, who alleges the comedian sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15.
“Go get him Gloria!” Apatow said before thanking everyone for attending the event and wrapping up his speech. “I almost feel bad for him. Gloria get a good night’s sleep. I want you to have all of your energy. Actually, I hope you don’t sleep so you’re really cranky and pissed off.”