The View‘s Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symoné are defending Bill Cosby today after the Associated Press recently published sworn testimony from Cosby from 2005 where the comedian was accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a Temple University basketball employee who filed suit against him.
Goldberg was one of Cosby’s biggest supporters after dozens of women came forward last year claiming the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted them.
On today’s episode of The View, Goldberg stood by her claim that Cosby is innocent.
Goldberg joked about being a “former Quaalude user” and added that she doesn’t “like snap judgments” because she’s experienced people making snap judgements about her.
“Save your texts, save your nasty comments, I don’t care,” she said to folks at home watching that might be offended by her support of Cosby.
“I say this because this is my opinion, and in America still, I know it’s a shock, but you actually were innocent until proven guilty. He has not been proven a rapist.”
“When somebody ruins your reputation, it’s the same thing,” Goldberg added. “And nobody asked me if it was true, they just said it.”
Raven-Symoné was hesitant to weigh in on the latest development in the Cosby scandal but eventually gave her two cents.
“I don’t like to talk about it that much, because he’s the reason I’m on this panel in the first place, he gave me my first job,” she said. “At the same time, you need the proof. Then I’ll be able to give my judgment here or there.”
Yesterday, singer Jill Scott, who also was one of the most outspoken Cosby defenders, withdrew her support for the comedian.
“I stood by a man I respected and loved,” the singer tweeted to her more than one million followers. “I was wrong. It HURTS!!!”
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