Bill Cosby admitted he did something super-shady back in the day, and it does not bode well for any new sexual assault lawsuits.
According to unsealed court documents obtained by the Associated Press, Cosby admitted to doing at least one thing that more than two dozen women now accuse him of: drugging them.
During a 2005 lawsuit filed by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand accusing him of sexual assault, Cosby testified under oath that he bought drugs specifically to give to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he successfully gave them to at least one woman and “other people.”
“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 was asked in a deposition.
“Yes,” he responded.
He also admitted to giving Constand three half-pills of Benadryl. In her suit, she alleged that after Cosby drugged her, he “touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated” her vagina, according to court documents.
Many other women have come forward in recent months accusing Cosby of eerily similar scenarios, including celebs Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson.
Details of the 2005 suit, which was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, had been sealed, with Cosby’s legal team arguing that releasing his deposition posed a “real, specific threat of serious embarrassment.” Well, duh. But a judge released them anyway, stating that Cosby “has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime,” and that by “‘thrust[ing] himself into the vortex of the public issue’ he has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim.”
Cosby has not yet commented on this new development.
UPDATE, July 7: Cosby also gave the following statement, as reported by BuzzFeed on July 6, saying he “[gave] her Quaaludes” and “then [had] sex.”
Image: U.S. District Court, Pennsylvania
Documents also revealed that Cosby offered one of his alleged victims tuition money to keep quiet and that “she would have to prove to me that while she was at said university that she was maintaining a 3.0 [GPA].”