Whoopi Goldberg, well-known for her blunt views, has been vocal in defending Bill Cosby amid his sexual assault allegations. Yet, some people want her to tone her views down, including movie producer, director, and screenwriter, Judd Apatow.
People reports that Apatow, 47, has been one of the biggest critics against Cosby, 77, since the allegations of sexual abuse surfaced. In fact, Apatow is among one of the very few Hollywood celebrities to denounce Cosby.
Goldberg, however, is standing firm in her stance that Cosby hasn’t been convicted of anything and therefore, people should “back off.” Yet, Apatow feels that Goldberg, 59, needs to tone down her support of him and instead, think of the victims and what they are experiencing each time she defends Cosby.
Goldberg has yet to comment to Apatow, but if her past behavior is any indication, there is a good chance that she may not take his advice.
Earlier this week, even after learning of a unsealed deposition leak in which Cosby admitted that he provided drugs for women in order to have sex with them, Goldberg continued to defend Cosby, shutting down anyone who asked her to change her mind.
“Here’s the deal: This is The View and that was my opinion. 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.”
Regardless, Apatow feels that if a myriad of women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, there is no reason that the public needs a confession from The Cosby Show actor at this point. Earlier this year, he indicated that he hopes more people in Hollywood will now be less afraid to come forward.
“We shouldn’t need Bill Cosby to admit it to believe 40 people who were victimized by him. Maybe now more people in show business and all around our country will stand up and tell the people he attacked that we support you and believe you.”
Apatow also wants to make it clear that although he wants Goldberg to tone down her views on the matter, he does love her and respects her rights to her own opinion.
Bill Cosby is accused of drug-facilitated sexual assault from more than 40 women, spanning from 1965 until 2008. In the recently unsealed deposition, evidence shows that Cosby admitted to purchasing quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.