Host of 'The View' says court of public opinion against comedian shouldn't be ignored

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Whoopi Goldberg — who has admitted on The View that her defense of Bill Cosby has attracted a wave of backlash from viewers — appeared to change her tune during Tuesday’s installment by saying “if this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, then all of the info out there kind of points to guilt.”

“I always thought they [the women] would have the opportunity to take him to court,” Goldberg told ABC News’ chief legal analyst Dan Abrams, who appeared on the show to discuss the legal ramifications of all these accusations against the 77-year-old comedian. “As a serial rapist, why is he still on the streets? How is that possible?”

As early as last week, Goldberg continue to appear as if she were defending Cosby by comparing his situation to the infamous case nvolving the Duke Lacrosse players in 2006 and how they were falsely accused of rape. “None of you coming after threatening me will change the fact that no one has convicted him,” she said on last Wednesday’s installment. “He has not been arrested, and the bottom line is that’s the law. Innocent until proven guilty. And if you’re the mother of a son who gets accused, you want to keep innocent until proven guilty. Just ask the parents of the boys of the Duke lacrosse team. Remember that? We raked them across the coals. Burned them at the stake. … They were done. Turns out, it wasn’t true.”

On Tuesday, however, Goldberg seemed to change her tune once Abrams stressed that the court of public opinion shouldn’t be ignored.

“If there is no recourse for these women, if this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, with all the info out there, it kind of points to guilt,” she added. “Again, I always thought they would have the opportunity to take him to court.”

The host also goes on to encourage women to not sit on their allegations. “I don’t think you can judge the women for when they came,” she said. “I think what you can say to women is don’t wait, because what waiting does is that it can make it harder to prove your case.”

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