Whoopi Goldberg may be softening her once-hard stance about Bill Cosby. After duking it out with fans and viewers of The View for months, the host sat down to learn a little more about the whole Cosby mess.
Whoopi Goldberg broke from the usual format of The View to have a one-on-one discussion with Dan Abrams, ABC News’ chief legal affairs anchor, about what the Cosby scandal.
“I’ve been taking a lot of heat for various reasons,” Goldberg told her guest.
In past episodes, Whoopi has said she has gotten a lot of hate for her insistence that Bill Cosby is innocent until proven guilty, just like every other accused person in the United States.
“People have been coming after me and saying they’re going to snatch my family,” Goldberg said on one episode of The View. “It’s like being Frankenstein, people coming after you with the fire and they’re going to burn you.”
Goldberg had held fast to her stance that, even if Bill Cosby is guilty, he should not be assumed as such until there has been a trial.
“Not any of you threatening me or telling me you’re coming after me because you don’t like what I said is going to change the fact that no one has convicted him, he has not been arrested,” said Goldberg. “The bottom line is, that’s the law. Innocent until proven guilty.”
Whoopi Goldberg's defense of Bill Cosby on "The View" today was not denial, but protecting a friend. Very offensive to the victims.
— Brasilmagic (@Brasilmagic) July 9, 2015
Judd Apatow mentioned Goldberg by name as a holdout in the public opinion verdict against Cosby.
“I think Whoopi Goldberg is trying to be a loyal friend,” Apatow tweeted. “It is sad that Bill Cosby is so sick that he puts his friends in that position.”
But after her conversation with Abrams, who explained to Goldberg why someone could conceivably get away with drugging and raping women for decades, things seemed to shift. One such revelation was about the statute of limitations on rapes in the states these are alleged to have happened. In essence, the timer ran out on these women being able to charge Bill Cosby with any allegations.
“I always thought that rape cases were open-ended,” Whoopi Goldberg responded.
“That’s a shock to me,” Goldberg said. “Because I always thought that if you could take somebody to court then you could have the accuser say, ‘That’s who did it, this is what it is,’ but you’re saying that all that is left to these women is the court of public opinion.”
Faced with the explanation of statutes of limitation, as well as the damning testimony from Cosby’s now-unearthed deposition in which he admits to buying Quaaludes for sex with women, Goldberg admitted, ” All the evidence out there kind of points to guilt.”
Goldberg concluded with a statement directed at Bill Cosby himself:
“It looks bad, Bill. Either speak up or shut up, because people know now there is a lot more out there than they thought.”
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) July 14, 2015