In a 2005 deposition made public Monday, comedian Bill Cosby admitted under oath to drugging multiple women for the purposes of coercing them into sex.
The deposition, which was part of a sex-abuse lawsuit brought by Andrea Costand and settled for an undisclosed amount of money (the record sealed the following year) was made public Monday, July 6, as a result of a lawsuit brought by The Associated Press.
More than two dozen women over the past few years came forward with similar claims that Cosby coerced them into having sex by drugging them.
Cosby admitted to acquiring quaaludes with the intent of drugging women he wanted to have sex with — both the woman who was suing him and unspecified “other people” – in his 2005 deposition.
He actually admitted to giving Ms. Costand, a former Temple University employee, three half-pills of Benadryl, an antihistamine that induces drowsiness, The Associated Press reported.
However, Cosby also acknowledged getting seven quaalude prescriptions in the 1970s, when they were legally available, and prosecutors claimed he hoarded them for that purpose for decades.
“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?” Costand attorney Dolores M. Troiani asked.
“Yes,” Mr. Cosby answered, though his lawyers objected to a follow-up about whether he had administered the quaaludes without the women’s consent.
Cosby’s lawyers objected to the deposition being unsealed, saying the testimony would embarrass the man who was once one of America’s famed comics.
Lawyers for other women who accused Cosby of sexual assault immediately jumped on the admission Monday night as vindicating their clients and proving Mr. Cosby is a serial rapist.
Lisa Bloom, the attorney for model Janice Dickinson said, “Now we know why” Bill Cosby has not given a deposition in her client’s defamation lawsuit. Last year Cosby was accused of raping her in 1982. Dickinson is suing Cosby, saying his denials are defamatory.