Jill Scott: “I Was Wrong” to Defend Bill Cosby

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Jill Scott walked back her earlier defense of Bill Cosby Jim Spellman/WireImage; Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Too little too late? Jill Scott took to Twitter on Monday, July 6, to walk back her previous words on "mentor" Bill Cosby

The Grammy-winning singer, 43, was one of the most vocal supporters of Cosby in the months since dozens of women came forward late last year with allegations of sexual misconduct against the now-disgraced comedian. Scott stood by the Cosby Show alum at the time and questioned the claims made by the alleged victims.

Scott changed her tune, however, after the Associated Press released scathing new details about Cosby's past in a report on Monday. The AP obtained documents from a 2005 deposition, in which Cosby, now 77, admitted to obtaining "Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with" and "giving the sedative to at least one woman and 'other people.'"

"About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations," Scott tweeted after the report was released. "I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It HURTS!!! When you get it ALL right, holla."

Scott went on to offer further explanation, writing, "1) We live in America. Many African American men are detained &/or imprisoned for crimes without evidence. I will never jump on bandwagons… 2) based on social media or hearsay. Proof will always matter more than public opinion. The sworn testimony is proof. Completely disgusted."

The "A Long Walk" singer continued to respond to tweets from both supporters and critics on Monday evening, finally writing, "Reasoning with the angry & unreasonable? No. I'm not sorry for standing by my mentor. I'm sorry the accusations Rtrue."

Scott was joined on Monday by a longtime critic of Cosby's, filmmaker Judd Apatow. The This Is 40 director was one of many to take Cosby to task when the news first broke months ago, but continued his stance in an interview with Esquire in light of the AP's report. 

"I don't think there is anything new here," the comedy heavyweight told the mag. "It is only new to people who didn't believe an enormous amount of women who stated clearly that he drugged them. We shouldn't need Bill Cosby to admit it to believe forty people who were victimized by him." 

"I am sure there are many victims who have not come forward," Apatow added to Esquire. "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. I also hope [wife] Camille Cosby and [costar] Phylicia Rashad will now stand with the victims and not with their attacker." 

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