Yesterday, on “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg and Dan Abrams, ABC’s chief legal affairs analyst, engaged in a discussion – lasting just under 10 minutes – about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby, and what legal recourse Cosby’s accusers have. You can watch a video of the conversation between Goldberg and Abrams if you click here. Abrams repeatedly made the point that for most of the accusers, the statute of limitations on rape charges had run out, preventing Cosby from being tried in most state criminal courts or civil courts on those allegations.
Goldberg said that news came as a “shock” to her. “I always thought that rape cases were open-ended,” Goldberg said. “What we have learned is, there’s no recourse for these women except what they’re doing,” which is speaking out.
Goldberg added, “Now, again, I always thought they would have the opportunity to take him to court.”
Goldberg also said, “If you want to get an ass– bonehead off the street, if you want to get him off the street, we need you to step out and if you step out then he can be put away.”
“You’ve got a serial rapist, he’s been on the streets for 30 years,” Goldberg continued. “I have to say I thought that, ‘Yeah, here’s all the information, take his ass to jail. I find out from you [Abrams] that that’s not possible. So I can’t say any more ‘innocent until proven guilty’ because there’s no way to prove it.”
Whoopi Goldberg’s claim that she did not know until yesterday about the statute of limitations on rape cases appears disingenuous at best.
First of all, if you Google Bill Cosby and statute of limitations you get about 200,000 results. That’s because thousands of articles have been written about the allegations against Cosby over the past eight months, and many if not most of them have explained that the statute of limitations had run out for him to be prosecuted. To think that Goldberg never saw any of those articles or news reports over the past eight months strains credibility.
Furthermore, she actually discussed this on “The View.” Here’s a transcript I made of part of a discussion on “The View” between Rosie O’Donnell and Goldberg. This is from an episode of “The View” that you can find on YouTube. It’s dated November 20, 2014.
Whoopi: For me, the hardest thing about all of this, whether it’s Kobe Bryant, whether it’s Bill Cosby, it seems you’re guilty, no matter what. Even if you’re innocent, you’re guilty. Because once it’s out, once somebody accuses you of this, that’s what you are. So I think it’s very—
Rosie:—And it’s harder when 13 women accuse you.
Whoopi: I don’t know. I look at all the women who accused Tiger Woods.
Rosie: Of rape?
Whoopi: Of having sex with him.
Rosie: Rape is different than having sex.
Whoopi: But my point is people jump on the bandwagon. OK? People tend to jump on the bandwagon. Now, I know you have very different feelings about it, which you are entitled to. But for me [about Cosby], I’m going to wait, like I said [on “The View” episode of Nov. 17, 2014].
Rosie: Well, there are no charges. The statute of limitations is over.
Whoopi: Yeah. Well, what do you want to do?
Rosie: I’m just saying what is the motivation of the women if there is no financial gain?
Whoopi: I don’t know Rosie. I don’t know why people do what they do.
Rosie: They woke up and said ‘I want to ruin Bill Cosby today.’
In fact, in the Nov. 17th discussion on “The View” Rosie also brought up the fact that the statute of limitations had run out on the rape allegations, and Whoopi responded, ‘Yes.’
Goldberg’s discussion with Abrams and her claiming that what he was telling her was something she did not know before seems to have been a good face-saving smokescreen for her to do her 180 on Cosby.
Now, I’d love to know the real reason for her flip-flop.