Speaking as a panellist on The View, Goldberg cast doubt on the alleged victims’ claims, saying she had “a lot of questions” and would “reserve… judgement”.
Goldberg questioned why Barbara Bowman, who claimed in October that Cosby drugged and raped her when she was a teenager in 1985, had not gone to the authorities after the alleged incident.
“Perhaps the police might have believed it. Or the hospital. Don't you do a kit when you say someone has raped you?
“Isn’t that the next step once you make an allegation? Don’t the cops take you into a hospital for a kit?”
Bowman claims Cosby used his position of power as a way of coercing and manipulating her as she set out to become an actress.
Bowman told the Daily Mail that she went to a lawyer in 1987, but was laughed at.
"He laughed me out of the office. He said I was delusional, ridiculous, making these stories up," she said.
"No one believed me. No one would listen. They thought I was making up stuff to get money. I never asked for or was given a penny. That's not the point. But it shut me up. I didn't need one more authority figure to tell me I was full of s***."
When another woman, Andrea Constand, claimed that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in his Philadelphia mansion in 2004, Bowman was one of 13 women called to take to the witness stand in 2006.
The allegations were firmly denied by Cosby’s lawyers. In 2006, he settled the case with Constand. The terms of the settlement remain undisclosed.
Referring to this, fellow host Rosie O'Donnell said: “There was a settlement, so that's the thing that's curious.”
To which Goldberg replied: “I can speak to settlements. Settlements don’t necessarily mean you’re guilty.
“You genuinely settle because you just don’t want to have to out your family through it again and you don’t want to have to keep going through it again and again.”
“I hope there is justice for this lady. I hope somebody gets to the bottom of it but I’m going to reserve my judgement because I have a lot of questions, as I’ve said. It’s crazy but I have a lot of questions, because I know we all have friends who have gone through this.”
She added: 'You have to really take a minute and follow the evidence - follow what happened.
“We'll know when we know. That's what I know.”
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
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Winner of his first Emmy for 'I Spy' is Bill Cosby being congratulated by his wife Camille held at Americana Hotel, 1966
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Bill Cosby in 'I Spy', 1960s
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Bill Cosby in July 1973 in Perth
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Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor in 'California Suite', 1978
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Bill Cosby and Elmo in Sesame Street, 1989
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Bill Cosby poses for a picture with Florence Griffith-Joyner in June 1989
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Comedian Bill Cosby back in 1992
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A scene from a 1992 episode of 'The Cosby Show'
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US Monica Seles breaks into laughter as she jokes with comedian Bill Cosby during a celebrity match in the stadium at the US Open for the Arthur Ashe AIDS Challenge on 27 August 1995
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Bill Cosby meets Toronto Blue Jays' All-Star Joe Carter after the Stars played the Stripes in the Celebrity All-Star game which preceded workouts for the 67th All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium on 8 July 1996 in Philadephia
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Co-hosts Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby joke with each other during the opening of the 2000 Essence Awards 14 April 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
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Bill Cosby jokes with baseball great Hank Aaron after they both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award from U.S. President George W. Bush during a ceremony on 9 July 2002 at the White House in Washington
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Bill Cosby poses backstage after winning the 'Bob Hope Humanitarian Award' during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on 21 September 2003 in Los Angeles
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'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno and comedian Bill Cosby laugh during a surprise visit by Cosby to sign a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that Leno is using to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at NBC studios on 9 September 2005 in Burbank, California
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Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios on 14 October 2007 in Washington
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Bill Cosby at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on 26 October 2009 in Washington
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Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York on 6 April 2011
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Bill Cosby during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows supporting the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the American Comedy Fund, 2012
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Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on 11 November 2013 in Washington
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Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on 26 September 2014 in Las Vegas
This weekend, the actor’s lawyer said that he will not be commenting on the “decade-old discredited” allegations.
“The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true,” read a statement on Cosby’s website.
“Mr Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work.
There will be no further statement from Mr Cosby or any of his representatives.”Reuse content