Judd Apatow on Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Scandal: “He Should Be in Prison”

Judd Apatow and Bill Cosby
Judd Apatow continued to speak out on Bill Cosby's sexual assault scandal at the Golden Globes and on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, saying he thinks the comedian should be behind bars  Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon; Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Judd Apatow has been very vocal about his thoughts on Bill Cosby's ongoing sexual assault scandal — and he has no intention of biting his tongue anytime soon. The This Is 40 director, 47, continued his tirade against the embattled comedian at the Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 11, telling Access Hollywood on the red carpet that he thinks Cosby should be punished for his alleged crimes. 

"He should be in prison…He should be in jail," Apatow said outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the 72nd Globes were held.

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(To date, more than two dozen women have accused Cosby, 77, of rape or sexual assault; though he himself has remained mostly silent on the allegations, his lawyer has called them "increasingly ridiculous.") 

Apatow's wife, actress Leslie Mann, offered her opinion, too, telling Access Hollywood: "I was thinking, 'We're pretty sure he's a rapist at this point.' Is that terrible to say?"

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"You're allowed to make jokes," her husband replied. "[There are] 33 [women]. At 27, I wasn't sure, but at 33 I'm pretty sure."

The Bridesmaids producer also voiced his opinion on Cosby in a discussion for Marc Maron's Jan. 12 WTF podcast. "I'm not comfortable with him running around the country and doing stand-up like nothing's happening," the Freaks and Geeks writer said.

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Asked if he wants to see the actor behind bars, he added, "I absolutely would like to see him in jail. That's where people who commit sexual assaults go."

Apatow then went on to explain why he's been so persistently vocal about his thoughts on the matter, saying he "can understand why someone would say, 'Why does Judd care about this?'"

His answer? "I don't know, I have two daughters. I'm a comedian. I see [Cosby] a little bit as our comedy dad," he told Maron. "It's like finding out your comedy dad is a really evil guy."

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He also said he thinks more people should be speaking out against the star. "If everybody was talking about it, I probably wouldn't have much to say about it," he admitted. "But I don't want it to suddenly disappear and then he just kind of goes back out on the road and does his thing."

He elaborated: "You just don't want him having a blast…At the very least, go in your mansion and disappear for the rest of your life. He shouldn't be rewarded and applauded for raping that many women."

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