Ever notice that when people are wrong they tend to yell a little louder? That seemed to be the case with Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC's “The View,” after she was criticized for her continued defense of Bill Cosby, even though he admitted he procured sedatives to give to women he wanted to have sex with in an unearthed 2005 deposition. Even "So In Love" singer Jill Scott, who previously defended the embattled comedian, gave up on Cosby after his testimony came to light. But not Goldberg. She used the American legal system as her basis and reiterated that he’s innocent until proven guilty.
"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, and the bottom line is that's the law -- innocent until proven guilty,” Goldberg said of the formerly beloved comedian, on Wednesday's show. “Here's the deal: This is 'The View,' and that was my opinion.”
She backed up her reason with the false rape allegations in the University of Virginia case and the 2006 Duke lacrosse case. She added that no one thinks rape is “fun” or “good” and that she wants people to leave her alone for her view.
At the end of her diatribe, her voice raised to a yell and pointed at the camera directly: "And the American courts agree with me because still, he has not been taken to jail or tried on anything. So back off me!"
The 2005 document, which was filed in a Pennsylvania district court, came to light this week when an accuser asked for the testimony to be opened after Cosby violated a confidentiality agreement in the case, Reuters reported Wednesday. Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, wanted his statement to be released so other women that he allegedly attacked had "a right to determine what if anything can be used as evidence in their respective cases."
Even though dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, he has never been criminally charged, and the statute of limitations has expired on many cases. Cosby maintains his innocence.
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