In a breaking news report from the AP, a release of documents has revealed that Bill Cosby once admitted that he obtained quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women that he wanted to have sex with.
The AP had gone to court to compel the release of the documents from the deposition in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand — the first of a cascade of sexual abuse lawsuits against him. Cosby’s lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client.
Cosby settled that lawsuit under confidential terms in 2006. His lawyers in the Philadelphia case did not immediately return phone calls Monday. Constand consented to be identified but did not want to comment, her lawyer said Monday.
According to the AP, Cosby testified in the lawsuit where he was accused of sexual assaulting Constand at his home in Pennsylvania back in 2005. In his sworn testimony, Cosby said he got “seven quaalude prescriptions in the 1970s. The lawyer for Constand asked if he had kept the sedatives through the 1990s — after they were banned — but was frustrated by objections from Cosby’s lawyer.”
“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?” lawyer Dolores M. Troiani asked.
“Yes,” Cosby answered.
“Did you ever give any of these young women the quaaludes without their knowledge?” Trojani asked, followed by an objection from Cosby’s lawyer.
Cosby later said he gave Constand three half-pills of Benadryl, although Troiani in the documents voices doubt that was the drug involved. The two other women who testified on Constand’s behalf said they had knowingly been given quaaludes.
Three of the women accusing Cosby of sexually assaulting them have a defamation lawsuit pending against him in Massachusetts.
They allege that he defamed them when his agents said their accusations were untrue. Cosby is trying to get their case thrown out before discovery.
The AP mentions that Cosby fought tooth and nail to prevent the documents from being released, arguing that the information would reveal his history of drug use and secrets about his sex life and marriage.