Celebrities are speaking out after the revelation that Bill Cosbyhas admitted to obtaining quaaludes for the purpose of giving them to women with whom he intended to be intimate. The new reports stem from a 2005 deposition that the comedian faced after being accused of sexual assault.
During The View’s ‘Hot Topic’ discussion, Bill’s Cosby Show co-star Raven-Symoné admitted, “I don’t really like to talk about it that much because he’s the reason I’m on this panel in the first place. He gave me my first job.” The actress was only four years old when she joined the cast of the now iconic series. “But at the same time, you need the proof, and then I’ll be able to give my judgment here or there. And now there are real facts. More people can come up.” Raven-Symoné’s fellow host Whoopi Goldberg said that she remains firm in her belief that he is “innocent until proven guilty.”
Model Janice Dickinson, one of more than 40 women who have come forward with allegations of misconduct on the part of the 77-year old actor, told People magazine that she feels validated by the release of Bill’s admission and that, "It shows that he and all his people knew all along that we were telling the truth.” Director Judd Apatow took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter, writing “It's a very sad situation. Now can we all stand up and support the victims? Will silence continue?”
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
Bill isn’t only facing legal repercussions for is alleged actions, as the fallout has included cancelled comedy shows, networks dropping the Cosby Show from their schedule and, most recently, Disney confirming that they have removed a statue of the actor that stood for many years at the company’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando. Bill has yet to comment publicly about the release of the deposition interview.