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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."

Find out more after the jump... 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."

The actress did add that she was not condoning his behaviour: "I don't like what he's done. Make no mistake."

During the same interview, Goldberg was also asked by co-host Joy Behar on whether Gibson was anti-Semetic with regards to Gibson's drink-driving arrest in 2006 when he told a police officer: "Are you a Jew? Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."

"I think he's an ---hole," replied Goldberg. "But drunks say stupid stuff to people all the time... because they're drunk, they're out of control, they're not thinking, they're idiotic."

Following this latest controversy, Gibson has been dropped by his talent agency and is being investigated by police over allegations of domestic violence against Miss Grigorieva.

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