For months, Whoopi Goldberg fervently defended Bill Cosby against rape allegations, citing that in America you’re innocent until proven guilty, but as it turns out, Whoopi’s relentless defense of the comedian was due to a legal misunderstanding of rape cases.
On this morning’s episode of The View, Whoopi invited legal analyst Dan Abrams on the show to explain the legal nature of rape cases, and it was revealed that Whoopi had no idea that there was a statute of limitations on rape.
“I always thought that rape cases were open-ended. You’re saying that all that is left to these women is the court of public opinion.”
“What we have learned is there’s no recourse for these women except what they’re doing.”
“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.”
“I always thought they would have the opportunity to take him to court.”
“I can’t say anymore ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ I can’t say that anymore, because there’s no way to prove it.”
Watch the segment below.
It’s never too late to learn something new, and we’re glad to hear that Whoopi has changed her stance.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]