Whoopi Goldberg has a word for the haters who think she’s going too easy on Bill Cosby: back off.
In spite of a newly-opened deposition revealing how Bill Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of drugging young women to have sex with them, Goldberg continued to show tacit support for the 77-year-old comedian on Wednesday’s installment of The View. The host compared the situation to the allegations surrounding the Duke University lacrosse team in 2006. In that case, three members of the team were falsely accused of rape. A year later, the North Carolina attorney general dropped the charges and declared the three young men innocent.
“None of you coming after threatening me will change the fact that no one has convicted him,” Goldberg said on Wednesday’s installment of The View. “He has not been arrested, and the bottom line is that’s the law. Innocent until proven guilty. And if you’re the mother of a son who gets accused, you want to keep innocent until proven guilty. Just ask the parents of the boys of the Duke lacrosse team. Remember that? We raked them across the coals. Burned them at the stake. … They were done. Turns out, it wasn’t true.”
In addition to the Duke lacrosse team, Goldberg cited the retracted Rolling Stone article on an alleged rape at the University of Virginia that was proven false.
“We all have a very important role to play when it comes to abuse and rape. We all have to demand that if it’s true, the person is taken to the nth degree of the world and punished,” Goldberg said. “No one here thinks rape is good, no one here thinks rape is fun, no one here … hates women, or any of that. So, don’t come at me with that because I’m sick of the bull. … He has not been taken to jail or tried on anything. So, back off me!”
Goldberg’s comments echo similar ones made by Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, late last year.
“We all followed the story of the article in the Rolling Stone concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heart-breaking, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue. Many in the media were quick to link that story to stories about my husband — until that story unwound,” Camille Cosby said in a statement back in December. “None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking a victim. But the question should be asked — who is the victim?”
On Tuesday, Goldberg addressed the Cosby deposition by saying, “I don’t like snap judgments because I’ve had snap judgments made on me… so I’m very, very careful. I say this because this is my opinion, and in America, still, I know it’s a shock, but you actually, we’re innocent until proven guilty. He has not been proven.”