2005 deposition shows Bill Cosby admitted getting Quaaludes to give to women for sex
The 2005 deposition released from a sexual-abuse lawsuit against the 77-year-old comedian shows that Bill Cosby secured Quaaludes, a central nervous system depressant that acts as a sedative and hypnotic, with the intent to give them to young women he wanted to have sex with. The documents also show that he admitted to giving the drug to at least one woman and “other people.”
According to the documents, Cosby’s lawyers insisted that two of the accusers knew they were taking Quaaludes.
Attorney’s for some of the women suing Cosby claim these newly revealed documents offer strong corroboration of their claims, that he drugged and raped them.
According to the CBC:
Cosby’s lawyers had objected to the release of the material, arguing it would embarrass him. Ultimately, a judge unsealed just a small portion of the deposition.
“The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist, and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct, is a matter as to which the AP — and by extension the public — has a significant interest,” U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno wrote.
Cosby, with his oft-espoused views on topics including childrearing, family life, education and crime, “has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim,” the judge wrote.
Cosby has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct in instances dating back more than four decades. Cosby however, has never been charged with a crime and the statute of limitations on most of the accusations has expired.
Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing several women, said she hopes to use the admission in court cases against the 77-year-old Cosby.
From the CBC:
Cosby, giving sworn testimony in the lawsuit accusing him of sexual assaulting Constand at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004, said he obtained seven Quaalude prescriptions in the 1970s. Constand’s lawyer asked if he had kept the sedatives through the 1990s, after they were banned, but was frustrated by objections from Cosby’s attorney.
“When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” Troiani asked.
“Yes,” Cosby answered.
Cosby had sought to prevent the testimony from being released with his lawyer, George M. Gowen III, arguing “It would be terribly embarrassing for this material to come out.”
It appears to be much more than embarrassing, it is damning.
U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno asked Cosby last month why he was fighting the release of his sworn testimony given the accusations were already public. “Why would he be embarrassed by his own version of the facts?” said the judge.
Probably because it paints him as a rapist that targeted young women that were unconscious and drugged.
One of Cosby’s more famous quotes goes, “decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” Let’s see how afraid of it he is now.