Whoopi Goldberg on US TV show The ViewWhoopi Goldberg has appeared on US TV defending Mel Gibson claiming that the Braveheart actor - currently involved in a controversy that could end his career - was not a racist but simply a "bonehead".

The Sister Act star was speaking on US TV show, The View, following the allegations that Gibson - on tape - told his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, that "if you get raped by a pack of n------ it will be all your fault".

"I don't like what he did here but I know Mel, and I know he's not a racist," said Goldberg. "I have had a long friendship with Mel. You can say he's being a bonehead, but I can't sit and say that he's a racist having spent time with him in my house with my kids."

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