Judd Apatow has been one of Bill Cosby’s most staunch and outspoken critics, and in a recent Rolling Stone interview, the “Trainwreck” director revealed that his crusade has a personal dimension to it.
Asked by interviewer Jonah Weiner whether it’s possible to “separate the art from the artist” when it comes to figures like Cosby and Woody Allen, Apatow says he’s not capable of this sort of mental separation, partly because he says he knows one of Cosby’s silent victims.
"The Cosby thing I took seriously because I know one of the victims, who is not going to come forward," Apatow explained. "I had a personal connection to it, where somebody that I care about said that's exactly how it went down. Obviously you have to make sure things are true. Everything everyone says isn't true. But if you don't believe women or take their accusations very, very seriously, women will not speak up. And if women don't speak up more women will be raped. So it's really all about preventing other people from getting hurt, because Cosby's on tour — ignoring all of the victims is a signal to other victims that when you speak up, people will not take care of you and do something about it.”
Read the rest of the interview over at Rolling Stone.