The View co-host spoke on the subject on Tuesday's episode of the talk show

By Aurelie Corinthios
Updated July 14, 2015 03:45 PM
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Whoopi Goldberg, one of the few celebrities who has defended Bill Cosby ever since the many rape allegations against him resurfaced, has changed her stance on the scandal.

Goldberg, 59, sat down for a one-on-one Tuesday with Dan Abrams, ABC News’ chief legal affairs anchor, in an interruption to the usual round-table debate style of The View.

“I’ve been taking a lot of heat for various reasons,” said Goldberg, who has received heavy criticism for her defense of Bill Cosby, of her decision to invite Abrams on the show.

More than 40 women have come forward saying Cosby, 77, sexually assaulted them. Cosby’s lawyer has denied the accusations, calling them “utter nonsense.”

In response to Goldberg’s questions as to why Cosby has never been arrested or put in jail, Abrams explained that because the civil and criminal statute of limitations has expired for the women accusing Cosby of a crime, “now, effectively, nothing can be done” in courts.

“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, this is what it is,’ but you’re saying that all that is left to these women is the court of public opinion.”

“I always thought that rape cases were open-ended,” she added.

Adams went on to explain the movement to remove the statute of limitations, which Goldberg supported.

“I do think that we can say to women, ‘If something happens, don’t wait,’ because what waiting does is it can make it harder to prove your case,” she said. “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.”

Goldberg has previously defended herself adamantly in the face of threats she received for her stance on the matter, and she reiterated July 8 that Cosby – who admitted in 2005 court documents that he gave quaaludes to a woman and then had sex with her – should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Director Judd Apatow called Goldberg out in a series of Tweets on July 9, writing, “I think @WhoopiGoldberg is trying to be a loyal friend. It is sad that Bill Cosby is so sick that he puts his friends in that position.”

Goldberg concluded Tuesday’s segment by addressing Cosby: “It looks bad, Bill. Either speak up or shut up, because people know now there is a lot more out there than they thought.”