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PREACH IT! Know what, Whoopi? Gloria Allred is right

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And in our main tent: Gloria Allred versus Whoopi Goldberg in a debate over battered women -- with Allred cleaning Goldberg’s clock.

When Goldberg first showed up on "The View", the big question was which side she’d support: the dingbat Sherri Shepherd/Elisabeth Hasselbeck bloc, or the faction chaired by Joy "Who Cares?" Behar. Turns out, neither was correct. Goldberg actually belongs to a third column -- rich, famous, out-of-touch people whose grandees include folks such as Mel "You Deserved It" Gibson.

Goldberg’s latest gaffe came last week, when the executive vice president from gossip site RadarOnline came on "The View" as a guest. The hosts asked David Perel why Gibson’s ex ...

Gloria-allred ... Oksana Grigorieva didn’t call the cops after Gibson allegedly hit her. Perel explained the well-established fact that battered women often don’t call the cops. There’s a whole name for that, actually: battered women’s syndrome.

But apparently there is no such phenomenon up on the shining hill where Goldberg lives.

"I'm not buying that," Goldberg declared. "If a man hits you, holding your child, and he hit the child according to what she's saying, so why not go to the police first?"

Goldberg’s unilateral conclusion: "I think it's BS ... I think she was looking for dough."

There is indeed something very hinky about Grigorieva; would anyone really be surprised if it turned out she was pushing Gibson for more cash and even stretching the truth? But the fact that Goldberg is so ignorant about how domestic violence works indicates she may need to breathe some less rarefied air.

Attorney Allred has written an open letter to Goldberg pretty much saying just that. Allred lists all the reasons why women may not report abuse -- you can read them all here -- and then concludes with the following:

"No victim of an alleged batterer should ever be blamed for not calling the police immediately. ... Life as a victim of violence, particularly where there are children is difficult and complicated enough without being publicly attacked and having their motives questioned because they failed to immediately report to law enforcement.

"Whoopi, as we say in the domestic violence movement, there is no excuse for abuse. To that I will add there is also no excuse for others who do not know all of the facts to join in with a verbal attack on the victim."

Allred may have her own ulterior motives -- she loves a camera almost as much as Goldberg -- but when she’s right, she right. The only question left is what kind of self-righteous tantrum Goldberg will throw in response.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Top photo: Whoopi Goldberg at a news conference in Vienna, Austria, on July 17. Credit: Miguel Villagran / Getty Images

Bottom photo: Gloria Allred at a news conference in L.A. on June 18. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Image 

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I was always under the impression that battered women's syndrome was about women who were beaten more than once. Has Grigorieva said that was the case? All I've heard about is this one incident. I might have missed it if she said there were more.

Who posted this...FOX?...This is a bunch of bull, I'm with whoopi...I was the "victim" of domestic violence, The first time i let it go, it wasn't that bad, the second time i called the cops, i was afraid for my child and what he might do to her...IF THEY HIT YOU CALL THE POLICE!!! i mad the mistake of not calling the first time.

Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and own person.
If Whoopi wants to defend someone let her.
Lawyers make a living off of defending serial killers and you don't hear all these people complaining about it do you?


FUNNY. I DIDNT THINK HE HAD BEEN PROVED GUILTY YET??

WHOOPIE KNOWS MEL PERSONALLY- DOES THIS GLORIA??
IF I KNEW SOMEONE PERSONALLY AND DIDNT BELIEVE WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT HIM I WOULD STAND UP FOR THEM TOO!!

I'm with Whoopee, the pictures of Oksana that show chipped teeth do not show a cut lip which in my opinion would me condusive with this type of hit. Weren't the pics supposedly made right after he hit her? so the quertion is why, no cut lip? A mother's first instinct is to protect her child, If he hit the child and she didn't call the police she is guilty of neglect. I don't care for Mel Gibson, but give me a break. My ex husband hit me I called the police, he was arrested and jailed. It's my understanding battered women syndrome is caused by habitual battering, so Gloria you're wrong on this one. Nichole Simpson Brown suffered from battered women syndrome, this Oksana debacle doesn't even come close.

Sorry for the typos, that should be question, and most of all, Nicole Brown Simpson. I apologize for my gaffe on her name.

I'm sure this will be an unpopular opinion but I believe that any parent who fears for their childs life and does NOTHING to prevent harm should be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. I believe it is irresponsible to allow a parent to not protect that child under the umbrella "well-established fact that battered women often don’t call the cops." This particular case has risen from battered woman to child abuse. There is a huge difference. It's not illegal for a woman to remain with a batterer forever if she so chooses. But it is illegal to not "exercise reasonable diligence" in preventing further abuse of a child.

When is someone going to stop the "show me the money man eating bimbos " parade orchestrated by Gloria Allred. The latest travesty was the head of hewlitt packard - charged with sexual harassment that was not proven - a man's career destroyed by the poor single mother who is just trying to raise her child alone. Simlarly - Tiger Woods - though not slated for saint hood soon - was charged ( i.e. rushed ) by money grubbing females who if they had an ounce of integrity would not have been with a married man with children in the first place. Moral - once you are rich you no longer have the right to private sexual life cause it will cost you money. The sad part is that the true sexual harrassment never sees the light of day - after all - there is no money to be made if the issue is justice or fairness.

If Oksana was going after Allred, it would be a whole other story.

Whoopie just calls it like she see's it and I totally agree with her.


Oskana is such a trashy scheming tramp who would believe her
She is NOBODY's victim
I am with Whoopi goldggiers stay but abuse victims leave

oh my by the way
WHO BELIEVES GLORIA "BULLDOG" ALLRED who never defends real victims only famous goldiggers

You notice how she never defends a poor person
Her daughter Lisa Blooom has said that on tv
Allred won't walk out the door for under 100K
and I hate her suits


I am also with whoopi this article sounds like FOX news. Calling fox news is definately an oxymoron.

Why are Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck dingbats? Because they actually use their brains? The horror!


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