The former Cosby Show star declined to make a judgment about allegations against Bill Cosby
Former Cosby Show star Raven-Symoné spoke about the allegations against Bill Cosby on The View on Tuesday, saying she needed further proof before deciding whether he was innocent or guilty of sexually assaulting multiple women.
“I don’t really like to talk about it that much because he’s the reason I’m on this panel in the first place. He gave me my first job,” Raven-Symoné, 29, said. “But at the same time, you need the proof, and then I’ll be able to give my judgment here or there. And now there are real facts. More people can come up.”
Candace Cameron Bure, who was filling in for View host Rosie Perez, said the news Monday that Cosby, 77, had admitted in 2005 court papers to giving a woman Quaaludes before they had sex indicated to her that he was “guilty, guilty, guilty.” To this, Raven-Symoné responded, “But guilty of what?”
Previously, Raven-Symoné’s only comment on the matter has been her denial of a rumor that she had been victimized by Cosby. In a post on Instagram in November, she said she was not taken advantage of when she was on the show and asked to be left out of discussions about the allegations.
On The View, Whoopi Goldberg defended Cosby as someone who has yet to be charged with a crime. “He has not yet been proven a rapist,” she said. “In America, still – I know, it’s a shock – you are innocent until proven guilty.”
Cosby’s lawyer Marty Singer previously slammed the comedian’s numerous accusers in November, arguing that it’s “utter nonsense” that these women are “coming out of nowhere.”
Raven-Symoné and Goldberg’s hesitation to make a judgment stands in contrast to statements made by singer Jill Scott on Monday. Scott, who had previously defended Cosby, Tweeted that the comedian’s admission about Quaaludes now made her think he was guilty.
Model Janice Dickinson told PEOPLE on Tuesday she felt “vindicated” by the news but still wanted to see Cosby charged. “I want an admission of guilt,” she said. “This is not over until we get a fair judge and jury and he can go under oath and stand on trial under oath for what he did to me.”
Model Beverly Johnson told PEOPLE that Monday’s revelation is an important reminder of why people should speak out against sexual misconduct. “It is unfortunate, the amount of proof required to make a woman’s voice valid,” Johnson said in a statement.