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Judd Apatow's fresh Cosby swipe

Judd Apatow once again spoke out about Bill Cosby at the Critics' Choice Awards last night.

The 47-year-old director has been outspoken about the scandal surrounding Bill, 77, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women. Judd has repeatedly referred to the allegations, and at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday he claimed Bill should be in prison. He later called the former The Cosby Show star a "really evil guy".

Judd took to the stage to present the best director prize at last night's ceremony - won by Richard Linklater for Boyhood - and again referenced the situation.

"Somebody bailed out last minute and so they called me. They knew I’d be home tweeting about [Bill] Cosby. I was available," he deadpanned.

More than 20 women have made claims against Bill, which have been denied by his lawyers.

The allegations have seen demonstrations outside his comedy shows and interruptions to his sets, but this week Bill asked for people to let his detractors have their say. He's now issued a new statement about the situation.

"Dear Fans: I have thousands of loyal, patient and courageous fans that are going to leave their homes to enjoy an evening of laughter and return home feeling wonderful. I'm ready!" he said,

"I thank you, the theatre staff, the event organisers... for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment.

"Hey, hey, hey - I'm far from finished."

The allegations against Bill include one from model Janice Dickinson, who alleged the comedian drugged her and then attacked her in 1982. She felt compelled to speak out after hearing what other women were saying.

Bill has been married to Camille Olivia Hanks since 1964 and she has spoken out to defend her spouse.

"The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work," she said.

"He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew.

"A different man has been portrayed in the media over the last two months. It is the portrait of a man I do not know."

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