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Whoopi Goldberg defends Bill Cosby: 'Innocent until proven guilty'

Whoopi Goldberg attends the premiere of "Sister Act"

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

"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg has continued to defend embattled comedy legend Bill Cosby despite newly released testimony from a 2005 lawsuit in which he admitted having obtained Quaaludes with the intention of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

"We'll see what happens as more information comes out," Goldberg, 59, said on "The View" Tuesday. "People can make judgments. I don't like snap judgments because I've had snap judgments made on me, so I'm very, very careful. Save your texts, save your nasty comments. I don't care. I say this because this is my opinion, and in America, still, I know it's a shock, but you are still innocent until proven guilty," she said, concluding, "He has not been proven a rapist."

New co-host Raven-Symoné, 29 -- who as a child played step-granddaughter Olivia on NBC's 1984-92 "The Cosby Show" -- told her fellow panelists, "I don't like to talk about it much because he's the reason I'm on this panel in the first place, he gave me my first job." She added, "You need the proof and then I'll be able to give my judgment here or there. Now that there are more facts, more people can come up."

Meanwhile, singer-actress Jill Scott, 43, said she was reversing her opinion and now believes Cosby guilty of sexual misconduct, tweeting, "Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations. . . . I will never jump on bandwagons based on social media or hearsay. Proof will always matter more than public opinion. The sworn testimony is proof. Completely disgusted. I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It HURTS!!!"

Cosby, who turns 78 on Sunday, has never been criminally charged, and statutes of limitations prevent allegations from more than 30 women from going forward.

Also yesterday, Bounce TV, a network aimed at African-Americans, said it will cease airing "Cosby," the 1996-2000 CBS comedy. Centric TV, formerly BET Jazz said it was dropping "The Cosby Show" beginning Wednesday "until further notice."

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