Whoopi Goldberg is changing her tune about Bill Cosby after a visit from Dan Abrams on the View this morning. The political and legal analyst was able to give the View cohost a bit more clarification on what is actually happening with Bill Cosby from a legal prospective.
Whoopi has been vocal about not condemning Mr. Cosby amidst his ongoing battle with sexual assault allegations. She spoke direct and pulled no punches last week after being dragged on Twitter about remarks she made on The View. She vehemently proclaimed that she had a right to her opinion and that until a court of law finds him guilty she is not going to condemn him. There’s one tiny little problem with that ideology, there’s a statute of limitations on sex crimes that has long passed.
This was the angle that Dan went in getting Whoopi to understand exactly why Mr. Cosby would not ever be found guilty in a court of law.” If he was arrested, which he hasn’t been, the legal standard would be proof beyond a reasonable doubt and he would be innocent until proven guilty,” ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams explained in a one-on-one sit-down with Goldberg this morning on The View.
Fifty women allege he sexually assaulted them and drugged them and, basically, as a serial rapist why is he still on the street?” Goldberg wondered. “He’s never been arrested or put in jail. How is that possible.”
“A couple of reasons,” Abrams offered. “There are women reluctant to come forward. I think they were ashamed or embarrassed.”
“What about the 50 who did?” she countered.
“Look, I think early on some of them didn’t come forward,” Abrams said. “The reason now that effectively nothing can be done…”
“Nothing?” Goldberg interjected.
“Nothing,” he repeated. “Pretty much nothing. There’s a defamation suit, et cetera. But as a legal matter it’s because the statute of limitations has expired both on civil and criminal in the states this was alleged to have happened. That’s a legal technicality. It is fair to say when you look at that you say, ‘Really? That’s the reason?’ It’s because of a statute of limitations. It sure feels like a technicality. When you look at the totality of these cases, I think that the public put aside a courtroom can say you know what, wow, it doesn’t just look like he did it, he admits that he gave quaaludes to young women to have sex.”
Goldberg said, with a touch of disbelief “That’s a shock to me because I always thought that if you could take somebody to court, then you could have the accuser say ‘that’s who did it, this is what it is,’ but you’re saying that all that is left to these women is the court of public opinion?”
“Right,” Abrams said. “I think that together, though—together they make a much more compelling case so to speak. It is impossible to ignore the consistency of these stories.”
“What we have learned is there’s no recourse for these women except what they’re doing,” the cohost continued. “If this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, I got to say all of the information that’s out there kind of points to guilt.”
“You got a serial rapist, he’s been on the streets for 30 years,” she also said. “I have to say I thought that yeah, here’s all the information, take his ass to jail. I find out from you that that’s not possible. So I can’t say any more ‘innocent until proven guilty’ because there’s no way to prove it. We are the only proof that folks have. We’re the only backup they have.”
“If he wants to get his side of the story out, he can sit down and talk in-depth but he’s been very careful not to say a word about this,” Abrams said. “And the reason is because anything he says can and will be used against him.”
“Yes. You know, so we know. It looks bad, Bill,” Goldberg added. “Either speak up or shut up. Because people know now that there’s a lot more out there than they thought. Thank you. Also, please contact your state representative and ask about the statute of limitations on cases like these.”
Well, Whoopi we wonder how does it feel? How does it feel to vehemently defend an ideal (because that’s all it amounts to) and realize it’s a rouse?
People see Bill Cosby and immediately think of Heathcliff Huxtable, when in reality these two men couldn’t be further apart from each other in terms of values. Now will you apologize to the women Whoopi?