Like many women, Camille Cosby is choosing to stand by her man. However, she has been effectively called out by Hollywood heavyweight Judd Apatow for doing so.
New information was released from a 2005 court deposition after years of being sealed, revealing that comedian Bill Cosby drugged women to have sex with them. The comedian gave two women quaaludes, the testimony indicates, and the two women involved in the case said they both knowingly took the drug. The court case was settled in 2006 for undisclosed terms, but Camille Cosby says that the man described in the case was “a man [she does] not know.”
In the past, Camille Cosby has said, “None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking a victim,” she says, “But the question should be asked — who is the victim?” Some, such as Apatow, have suggested that Camille Cosby is standing with a serial rapist instead of with a long line of alleged real victims. He encouraged Bill Cosby‘s television wife, actress Phylicia Rashad, and Camille Cosby to come to terms with who the real victims in this case are.
“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,” he said in a statement to Esquire magazine. “I also hope Camille Cosby and Phylicia Rashad will now stand with the victims and not with their attacker.”
Camille Cosby has suggested in the past that perhaps the accusations against her husband – some of which date back to the 1960s – have not been properly investigated and vetted by the media. She compared the rising number of accusations against her husband to the Rolling Stone story that ran regarding a reported gang rape that turned out to be untrue.
In March 2015, Judy Thompson, mother of one of Cosby‘s accusers Jennifer Thompson, wrote a letter to Camille Cosby. Jennifer Thompson was 17, she says, when Cosby “shattered her innocence.” Now in her 40s, Jennifer is finally coming out of over two decades of silence on the matter, her mother said. Judy also noted that Cosby’s alleged interactions with her daughter led to her struggles in coping with what happened.
“Your husband crossed boundaries that never should have been breached,” Judy wrote to Camille Cosby.
While it is unknown as to whether or not Camille Cosby ever received that letter, Judd Apatow believes there are more victims than the 40 women who have come forward since 2014. Accusers include former models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson. Apatow also notes that it should not take an admission of guilt from Cosby for Camille Cosby and others in the Cosby camp to believe that the assaults happened.
It's a very sad situation. Now can we all stand up and support the victims? Will silence continue? https://t.co/0tfYB5rb7p
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) July 6, 2015
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