The View cohost had been one of the only celebrities to stand by the comedian, but now she is changing her tune.
Whoopi Goldberg had been raked over the coals in the last few weeks because she has stood by her friend, Bill Cosby, who has been accused (and has admitted) to drugging and raping nearly 40 women, some of which were minors at the time. The allegations, which date back to the 1970s, have all come out in the last few years. However, there have been whispers about the Cosby Show father for decades. Just last week, court documents that were released showed the Cosby admitted that he had admitted to obtaining quaaludes and other sedatives to give to young women he wanted to have sex with. He later settled with undisclosed terms, according to CNN.
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Whoopi, who wanted to better understand the situation, ot a better understanding of the rape allegations against the comedian from ABC’s Chief Legal Affairs anchor, Dan Abrams during the show this afternoon.
Goldberg, 59, explained that she had thought that if the allegations were true, Cosby would already be in jail regardless of when the women claim their assaults happened. But Abrams pointed out that there is a statute of limitations on rape cases. “As a practical matter, the remedy against Bill Cosby is the court of public opinion,” he noted.
“What we’ve learned here is there’s no recourse for these women except what they’re doing,” Goldberg reiterated. “If this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, I gotta say, all of the information that’s out there kinda points to guilt.”
However, Whoopi didn't stop there - she wanted to set the record straight that she didn't stand for this, but she also wanted to educate young women about their rights:
“If people don’t know that there’s no way for him to go to jail at this point … you got a serial rapist, he’s been on the street for 30 years,” Goldberg declared. “I have to say, I thought that, ‘Yeah, here’s all the information, take his ass to jail!’ I find out from you that that’s not possible, so I can’t say anymore, ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ Can’t say that anymore.”
“It looks bad, Bill,” Goldberg said, addressing the comedian through the camera. “Either speak up or shut up, because people know now that there’s a lot more out there than they thought.”