Judd Apatow Asks Whoopi Goldberg to Stop Defending Bill Cosby: 'We Need to Support the Survivors of His Violence'
The director acknowledges Goldberg is trying to be loyal, but he says that's misguided
Judd Apatow, one of the most vocal critics of Bill Cosby since his alleged sexual assaults came to light, addressed one of Cosby’s prominent supporters, Whoopi Goldberg, in a series of Tweets on Thursday – acknowledging she’s trying to be loyal, but saying she can’t possibly keep defending a man Apatow has called “a serial rapist.”
Goldberg’s opinion, which she reiterated on The View this week – to the dismay of some viewers – is that Cosby, 77, hasn’t been convicted of any crime and should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
Cosby has denied any wrongdoing. Last November, his lawyer said the accusations were "utter nonsense" and that the women are “coming out of nowhere.”
Apatow, 47, rejects Goldberg’s reasoning entirely, saying that presuming his innocence also presumes his dozens of accusers are lying. And with the unsealing this week of 2005 court documents in which Cosby admitted to giving a woman Quaaludes and then having sex with her, the Trainwreck director has challenged Goldberg to finally stop defending him.
Check out Apatow’s Tweets below:
Goldberg, 59, has not yet responded to Apatow, though she was blunt on Wednesday’s View, telling her critics: "Back off me!"
Apatow is one of the few people in Hollywood who have spoken out against Cosby, who has been accused by dozens of women of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
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Earlier this year, in an Esquire interview, Apatow called Cosby a “serial rapist.” And when the 2005 court documents were unsealed this week, Apatow told the magazine: “We shouldn’t need Bill Cosby to admit it to believe 40 people who were victimized by him 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.”