Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of drugging young women in order to have sex with them, according to newly released court documents obtained by EW. The 77-year-old comedian also admitted giving the sedative to at least one women.
The documents—from a sexual-abuse lawsuit filed by a former employee of Temple University in Philadelphia—were made public Monday after the Associated Press went to court to compel their release. In the 2005 case, Cosby testified under oath that he gave the woman three half-pills of Benadryl. Cosby settled the lawsuit in 2006 for undisclosed terms.
In the 2005 deposition, Cosby told the Philadelphia woman’s attorneys — Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz — that he obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes.
Cosby answered in the affirmative when an attorney asked, “You gave them to other people?” Troiani also asked, “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?” Cosby again answered, “Yes.”
An argument then proceeded between Troiani, Cosby and his attorney Patrick O’Connor over how many women received Quaaludes:
Troiani: Did you ever give any of those young women the Quaaludes without their knowledge?
O’Connor: Object to the question. Restrict it to the Jane Does, would you, please.
Troiani: No, I will not. …
Cosby: I misunderstood. Woman meaning [name redacted], and not women.
Troiani: Okay. So you’re saying you never gave the Quaaludes to anyone other than [name redacted]?
O’Connor: Don’t answer the question. You can ask all the questions you want about the Jane Does. …
Troiani: Earlier I believe you testified that you had given the Quaaludes to other women; is that correct?
O’Connor: Do not answer that question.
Cosby also admits to drugging and sleeping with another woman.
“I meet [name redacted] in Las Vegas,” he told Troiani. “She meets me back stage. I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex. I do not – I can’t judge at this time what she knows about herself for 19 years, a passive personality,” Cosby said in the deposition. “[Name redacted] was sweet in her personality. As far as I was concerned was well-mannered, didn’t demand or give a feeling that she was above anyone. If anything, I think she may very well have been very happy to be around the show business surroundings.”
“Star struck?” Troiani asked.
“You’ll have to ask her,” Cosby answered.
The documents were released despite efforts to keep them under wraps by Cosby’s legal team, who argued last month that the 77-year-old comedian is not a public figure and that the testimony “which delves into the most intimate subjects imaginable, would “generate a firestorm of publicity” and ”pose a real, specific threat of serious embarrassment.”
More than a dozen women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, though many accusations are barred by the statute of limitations. Cosby’s lawyers were unavailable for comment when contacted by EW Monday.
An attorney who represents Tamara Green and two other women who say Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them told PEOPLE that the statements “support the victims’ allegations against him.”
“It’s an extraordinary turn of events which provides much-needed public light on Mr. Cosby’s behavior,” said Joe Cammarata.
Meanwhile, Lisa Bloom – the lawyer for model Janice Dickinson who sued the comedian in May for defamation after Cosby’s representatives denied her rape accusations—told the Associated Press that “it is time for Mr. Cosby to stop hiding behind his attorneys and publicists and to publicly apologize to Ms. Dickinson and the 46 other women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault.”
Cosby has never been charged with a crime.
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