Is Bill Cosby innocent after all?
That’s what his attorney is saying in a new statement directed at media who have shared reports from a recently unsealed deposition.
In the deposition, which took place in 2006, Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes for the purpose of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with. But Cosby’s lawyer is saying the famous comedian still didn’t rape anyone — he only gave the drugs to women who consented to taking the pills and having sex, he says.
“Quaaludes were a highly popular recreational drug in the 1970s, labeled in slang as ‘disco biscuits’ and known for their capacity to increase sexual arousal,” Patrick O’Connor, one of Cosby’s attorneys, wrote in the new motion, which was filed Tuesday. He goes on to say Cosby never gave women the drugs “without their knowledge or consent,” nor has he ever “engaged in any non-consensual sex.”
He continues, “There are countless tales of celebrities, music stars, and wealthy socialites in the 1970s willingly using Quaaludes for recreational purposes and during consensual sex.”
O’Connor says media took quotes out of context from the deposition, using it to demonize the already embattled Cosby.
“Upon the unsealing of those excerpts, the media immediately pounced, inaccurately labeling the released testimony as defendant’s ‘confession’ of ‘drugging’ women and assaulting them,” he wrote.
He continued, “Reading the media accounts, one would conclude the defendant has admitted to rape. And yet defendant admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s.”
The 2006 deposition was unsealed earlier this month after a request filed by the Associated Press and an attorney who represented a woman with whom Cosby settled a lawsuit in 2006.