Whoopi Goldberg withdraws support for Cosby

NEW YORK •One of Bill Cosby's last public supporters abandoned him on Tuesday - Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg said she no longer believed he was innocent until proven guilty of alleged sexual assault.

She spoke out a week after a federal judge made public an admission from Cosby, given behind closed doors, that he used sedatives to lure at least one woman into having sex.

On ABC chat show The View, she said she no longer believed the disgraced comic was "innocent until proven guilty" of allegedly drugging and assaulting dozens of women.

Goldberg, a co-host of the show, said: "If this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, I gotta say, all of the information that's out there, kinda points to guilt."

She made the remarks in conversation with ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams, who told her that Cosby was unlikely to face prosecution due to the statute of limitations.

"I can't say anymore innocent until proven guilty, can't say that anymore because there's no way to prove it," said Goldberg.

"You have a serial rapist, he's been on the streets for 30 years. I have to say, I thought that 'Yea, here's all the information, take his a** to jail.' "

Cosby, 77, the former megastar who played a family doctor in hit sitcom The Cosby Show (1984 - 1992), has turned into a pariah over allegations from 50 women of sexual misconduct spanning four decades.

In a deposition in 2005, the actor admitted having obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes and giving them to other people.

But he avoided questions about whom he gave drugs to and when, and whether he gave women drugs without their knowledge.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2015, with the headline 'Whoopi Goldberg withdraws support for Cosby'. Print Edition | Subscribe