Fact Check: Whoopi Goldberg Rumored to Sue Tim Scott for $10M. Here's the Truth

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Claim:

Whoopi Goldberg sued Tim Scott for $10,000,000.

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Rating: Labeled Satire
Rating: Labeled Satire

In late June 2024, a post on the Facebook page SpaceXMania claimed that "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg sued Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., for $10 million. "Maybe because she don't deserve respect and she is toxic," one Facebook user commented, "bottom line if you want respect respect others, as far as being toxic wen the members of your staff don't respect you and think your toxic is because you brought that upon yourself."

"Truth must hurt everyone you talk about should sue you," another user added.

The post promoted an article with the title "Breaking: Whoopi Goldberg Files a $10 Million Lawsuit Against Tim Scott, 'He Called Me Toxic'," published on March 4, 2024, by Esspots.com.

Breaking: Whoopi Goldberg Files a $10 Million Lawsuit Against Tim Scott, 'He Called Me Toxic'

In an unfolding drama that captures the intersection of celebrity, politics, and personal reputation, Whoopi Goldberg, the acclaimed actress and co-host of "The View," has launched a $10 million lawsuit against Senator Tim Scott. The lawsuit stems from a contentious episode where Scott allegedly branded Goldberg as "toxic," a remark that has since spiraled into a significant legal and public relations battle.

Whoopi Goldberg, a figure synonymous with outspoken opinions and a no-holds-barred approach to social and political issues, has long been a staple on American television. Her career, which spans decades in both film and television, has not only earned her numerous accolades but also a platform that she has consistently used to advocate for various causes and viewpoints. It's within this context that the alleged comment by Senator Tim Scott, a leading Republican figure known for his conservative stance on many issues, has struck a chord.

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Originally the post did not include a satire disclaimer, though one was added later (see screenshot below of "Edit History").

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It's not the first time we've fact-checked a Goldberg-related rumor. In June 2024, we looked at social media posts claiming Goldberg had made "The View" the lowest-rated show in television history. Moreover, in April 2024, we debunked the false claim that Elon Musk fired the "entire cast" of "The View" after acquiring the ABC TV network.

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Sources:

"Disclaimer." Esspots, https://esspots.com/disclaimer/. Accessed 3 July 2024.

Dobrin, Nikki. "Did Whoopi Goldberg Turn 'The View' Into Lowest-Rated TV Show Ever?" Snopes, 14 June 2024, https://www.snopes.com//fact-check/whoopi-goldberg-view-lowest-rated-tv/.

Liles, Jordan. "Elon Musk Fired 'The View' Cast After Acquiring ABC?" Snopes, 25 Apr. 2024, https://www.snopes.com//fact-check/elon-musk-abc-the-view/.

Robin, Alex. "Breaking: Whoopi Goldberg Files a $10 Million Lawsuit Against Tim Scott, 'He Called Me Toxic.'" Esspots, 4 Mar. 2024, https://esspots.com/breaking-whoopi-goldberg-files-a-10-million-lawsuit-against-tim-scott-he-called-me-toxic144/.