Dozens of women have accused comedian Bill Cosby of rape, a claim he vehemently denies. But now, one of his final public supporters has surrendered. “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg turned her back on Cosby after months of unwavering support. Last week, she gave a speech about the star being “innocent until proven guilty” in a court of law, but changed her mind after she had a talk with a legal analyst from ABC, CNN reported Tuesday.
"If this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, I got to say all of the information that's out there kind of points to guilt," she told ABC News' chief legal analyst Dan Abrams, according to CNN.
The Oscar winner sat down with Abrams after she received flak for continuing to support Cosby, even though he admitted he gave drugs to women he wanted to have sex with in an unearthed 2005 deposition, Entertainment Tonight noted.
Part of the problem Goldberg had was that she didn’t know there was a statute of limitations on sexual assault cases. "As a serial rapist, why is he still on the street?" she asked. When she found out that most of his accusers will not be able to take him to court, she too turned on her friend.
"I think you look at this case and you see the number of accusations and you say, 'Wait a second…' I always thought if you take somebody to court, you can have the accuser say, 'That’s who did it,'" she told Abrams, according to ET. "But you're saying all that is left to these women is the court of public opinion."
Last week, she barked at her naysayers and told them to leave her alone. "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,” Goldberg said of the formerly beloved comedian, on last Wednesday's show. “Here's the deal: This is 'The View,' and that was my opinion.”
This time around, she had words for Cosby. "It looks bad, Bill," she said. "Either speak up, or shut up, because people know now there's a lot more out there than they thought."
Cosby, 77, maintains his innocence.
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