Whoopi Goldberg expressed her disgust on ABC’s “The View” after she was made the subject of a fake news allegation regarding Carryn Owens, widow of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens who was killed in a raid in Yemen.
A fake story claimed that Goldberg had criticized the widow after President Trump singled her out at his first joint address to Congress. The allegation, however, was false.
In fact, the author of the allegation had done so with the intention to see how easy it was to spread falsehoods.
“It endangered my family’s life, and it endangered my life,” Goldberg criticized. She spoke of her strong relationship with veterans and their families as well as the impact that the news had had on her.
Goldberg not only promised her support of legislation against libel and slander, she said that she would be filing a lawsuit.
“You cost me money because I had to protect my family,” she said. “Costa Rica’s not big enough for this lawsuit that’s coming your way.”
She touted her support for laws supporting the president against defamation as well.
Goldberg spent the beginning of the month clearing the allegation. “The View” even shared Goldberg’s real statement:
— The View (@TheView) March 2, 2017
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) March 2, 2017