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Whoopi Goldberg: I was wrong about Bill Cosby

Whoopi Goldberg attends the premiere of

Whoopi Goldberg attends the premiere of "Sister Act" at the Theater Tivoli in Barcelona, Spain, on Oct. 23, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Robert Marquardt

Even though she had defended him as recently as last week, "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg says she now believes Bill Cosby is "a serial rapist."

In a conversation with ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams on Tuesday's show, Goldberg, 59, said that "50 women" have now accused comedy-legend Cosby, 78, of drugging them for nonconsensual sex in decades past. Noting Cosby has never been arrested, Goldberg had contended he was innocent until proven guilty. But, "I always thought that rape cases were open-ended" and not subject to statutes of limitation, she explained Tuesday. Abrams, calling this "a legal technicality," said, "It is impossible to ignore the consistency of these [women's] stories."

"Well, that's a shock to me," Goldberg said, "because I always thought that if you could take somebody to court, then you could have the accuser say, 'That's who did it.' . . . But you're saying that all that is left to these women is the court of public opinion."

She added later, "What we've learned is there's no recourse for these women except what they're doing" in coming forward decades afterward. "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. . . . So I can't say anymore, 'Innocent until proven guilty' because there's no way to prove it.

"It looks bad, Bill," she concluded. "Either speak up or shut up, because people know now that there's a lot more out there than they thought."

According to The Associated Press, there was no immediate comment from Cosby's representatives.


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