Whoopi Goldberg changes her stance on Bill Cosby, says signs ‘points to guilt’

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

How Whoopi Goldberg Was Convinced to Stop Defending Bill Cosby.

, one of the few celebrities who has defended Bill Cosby ever since the many rape allegations against him resurfaced, has changed her stance on the scandal. After facing backlash for her continuously staunch defense of Bill Cosby — amid multiple rape allegations brought against him — Whoopi Goldberg seems to have changed her mind during Tuesday’s episode of The View. “If this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, then all of the info out there kind of points to guilt,” she said.

As recently as last week she insisted on The View that Cosby was “innocent until proven guilty,” a statement that drew a raised eyebrow from Last Week Tonight. On Tuesday (July 14), she invited legal analyst Dan Abrams on to The View to help her understand the legal side of rape cases, since she has been “taking a lot of heat” for her defense of Cosby. Just last week, the View host spoke up for Cosby following a recently unsealed 2005 deposition in which the comedian admitted to giving one woman a sedative and purchasing quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.

Although he has never been charged with a crime and has denied the allegations in the past, recently unearthed Cosby testimony from 2005 confirmed that he did procure Quaaludes in the 1970s for the purpose of seducing young women. She continued, “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. Even after that revelation, Goldberg insisted on air that Cosby had not been “proven a rapist.” In the days since, Goldberg has been widely ridiculed for her passionate defense of the 78-year-old performer. So I can’t say any more ‘innocent until proven guilty’ because there’s no way to prove it.” Ever since Hannibal Buress’s stand-up set improbably brought the allegations against Cosby back into the public eye, it’s been a long string of bad headlines for the formerly beloved icon, from ongoing rape allegations to an effort to revoke his Congressional medal of honor.

It is sad that Bill Cosby is so sick that he puts his friends in that position.” Goldberg concluded Tuesday’s segment by addressing Cosby: “It looks bad, Bill. Either speak up or shut up, ‘cause people know now there’s a lot more out there than they thought.” Singer and actress Jill Scott made a similar public about-face on the comedian last week. Disney removed a bronze torso of the once-legend from Hollywood Studios last week, while Bounce TV and Centric have both pulled reruns of The Cosby Show from their networks. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of his terrible deeds, which is all I have ever required to believe the accusations,” she tweeted. “I stood by a man I respected and loved. Meanwhile, an effort is underway to force the White House to consider taking back Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, which Cosby received from President George W.

The petition, drafted by Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE), a sexual assault prevention and awareness group, currently has just over 10,000 signatures.

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