After the Associated Press released new details from a previously sealed 2005 deposition — in which Cosby admitted to getting Quaaludes “with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with” — Goldberg and her co-hosts on The View addressed the revelations in a Hot Topics segment on Tuesday, July 7.
Goldberg, 59, waited for the others to weigh in before adding her two cents, at first jokingly recalling her own experiences with Quaaludes. “As a former Quaalude user…” she began. “The ’80s were…They weren’t fun for everybody, clearly.”
“We’ll see what happens as more information comes out. People will make judgments,” she continued. “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.”
The Sister Act star went on to say she would reserve judgment on the Cosby Show alum until there was further proof. “This is my opinion and in America, still — I know it’s a shock — but you actually were innocent until proven guilty,” she told the View audience. “He has not been proven a rapist.”
Her co-host Raven-Symone, who starred with the comedian, 77, as Olivia Kendall on his ’80s sitcom, shared a similar sentiment, saying, “I don’t really like to talk about it that much, because he’s the reason I’m on this panel — he gave me my first job. But at the same time, you need the proof, and then I’ll be able to give my judgment here or there…And now that there’s real facts, more people can come up…”
Other panelists had a different opinion. Guest host Michelle Collins, for one, said she thought he was guilty even before the new documents came out, while Candace Cameron Bure argued, “If you’re giving drugs to anyone to have sex, you’re impairing their judgment. They don’t even have the ability to make a coherent decision if they want to have sex with him. So to me, that just says guilty, guilty, guilty!”
Cosby’s lawyer did not respond to the AP’s request for comment on Monday. They’ve previously denied the allegations against him.
Goldberg’s comments irked former model Janice Dickinson, who one is one of over 30 women who have publicly accused The Cosby Show star of inappropriate behaviour in the last several months. Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight, “What is wrong with you, Whoopi Goldberg? What more does it take? How dare you sit there on The View? You need to be fired, you stupid woman. That is ridiculous.”
Dickinson, who is currently suing Cosby for defamation for calling her a liar in response to her allegations, goes on to reveal she is numb over the shocking revelation, stating, “I don’t know how to feel. I don’t have the strength at the moment until… each and every one of the women that have accused Bill Cosby, along with myself and a few others that have personally reached out to me that will not come forward due to character victimization – I would like an apology for each and every one of us in order for my soul to feel. I don’t feel any ‘hip-hip hoorays’.”