Whoopi Goldberg has spoken out in defense of Bill Cosby, saying she understands that the events may have taken place under a different context and saying she doesn’t want to rush to judgment.
This week, a judge unsealed documents from a 2005 court proceeding in which Cosby admitted to giving women Quaaludes with the intention of having sex with them, CNN reported.
In an exchange with an attorney for Andrea Constand, who publicly accused Cosby of sexual assault, Cosby admitted to giving the drugs to women.
“When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” Delores Troiani asked.
“Yes,” Cosby replied.
Troiana then asked if Bill Cosby gave any of the women Quaaludes without their knowledge, but Cosby’s attorney stopped the questioning and told the comedian not to answer.
The court release stirred up controversy and became a topic of discussion on The View, where Whoopi Goldberg defended Bill Cosby.
“I’m sorry the ’80s, they weren’t fun for everybody, clearly,” said Goldberg, who noted that she is a former Quaalude user. “I think it is again, we’ll see what happens as more information comes out. I don’t like snap judgments because I’ve had snap judgments made on me so I’m very very careful. Save your texts, save your nasty comments, I don’t care.”
Though Cosby does not currently face charges in any of the now-dozens of allegations of sexual assault, his career has been sunk, his reputation tarnished. But Goldberg said she was still holding out on making her own judgments.
“And I say this because this is my opinion and in America, still, I know it’s a shock, we’re actually innocent until proven guilty,” she said, via the Daily Caller. “He has not been proven a rapist.”
Goldberg is one of the few left willing to stand up for Cosby. He has seen projects scrapped and appearances canceled, and those defending him have grown mostly quiet. Even singer-songwriter Jill Scott, once one of his biggest defenders, has now joined those doubting his innocence.
Whoopi Goldberg is not the only one still defending Bill Cosby. Former Cosby Show co-star Raven-Symoné has also stuck up for Cosby, saying she is in a difficult situation given what Cosby did to help launch her own career. She added that “you need the proof and then I’ll be able to give my judgment here or there.”
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