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Goldberg had been taking heat for supporting the legend

She said Tuesday that Cosby should "speak up or shut up"

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“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg has been outspoken in her support of comedian Bill Cosby.

On Tuesday, she said on the show that she can no longer say “innocent until proven guilty.”

“If this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, I got to say all of the information that’s out there kind of points to guilt,” she said during a conversation with ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams.

More than 25 women have publicly accused Cosby of raping or assaulting them over the past 40 years. The comedian has never been criminally charged and has vehemently denied wrongdoing.

Goldberg recently said she had received threats for staunchly standing by Cosby.

Whoopi Goldberg talks threats for supporting Bill Cosby

On Tuesday, she invited Abrams to explain the legalities behind the accusations.

“I always thought that rape cases were open-ended,” Goldberg said. “What we have learned is, there’s no recourse for these women except what they’re doing.”

From TV dad to accused sexual predator

Goldberg joined Abrams in encouraging viewers to contact their legislators to have statute of limitation laws changed for rape cases so that women who allege such instances are not held to a time frame of when they can come forward with their claims.

What legal consequences could Bill Cosby face now?

At the end of the interview, Goldberg had a message for Cosby, who has remained mostly silent about the accusations.

“It looks bad, Bill,” she said. “Either speak up or shut up.”

Who are Cosby’s accusers?