Whoopi Goldberg Defends Bill Cosby Amid New Revelations, Raven-Symone Reserves Judgment: “He Has Not Been Proven a Rapist”

Whoopi Goldberg and Bill Cosby
Whoopi Goldberg refused to pass judgment on Bill Cosby amid new revelations about his past, while  Roger Kisby/Getty Images; Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Jill Scott may have changed her tune about Bill Cosby, but Whoopi Goldberg will not be swayed. 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.

The Sister Act star, 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 comedy vet 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.

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