Legendary comedian Bill Cosby admitted he had seven prescription for Quaaludes to give women he wanted to have sex with, unsealed court documents revealed.
Cosby, 77, owned up in 2005 to giving the sedative to one woman after a show in Las Vegas; he insisted that two of his other accusers knew they were taking the drug, a deposition shows.
"She meets me back stage," he said, according to the court papers. "I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex." The date of the alleged incident is not indicated.
The Associated Press fought in court to get the papers made public and broke the bombshell story Monday night.
More than 40 women have accused Cosby through the years of drugging and sexually assaulting them in incidents dating back decades. Among his accusers are models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson. He has never been criminally charged.
Cosby, 77, made the admission during his testimony in a civil case brought by a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby tricked her into taking drugs before he sexually assaulted her.
He admitted in the deposition only to giving Constand Benadryl and settled the case for an undisclosed sum.
"The only reason Mr. Cosby settled was because it would have been embarrassing in those days to put all those women on the stand and his family had no clue," a spokesperson for Cosby told ABC News. "That would have been very hurtful."
Temple is Cosby's alma mater and he resigned from the board of trustees as the scandal exploded.
"The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct is a matter as to which the AP — and by extension the public — has a significant interest," U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno wrote in unsealing the deposition.
Because Cosby has set himself up as a champion of proper childrearing and education, he "has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim," the judge said.
In May, Cosby addressed whether he had lost the moral authority to lecture young people about right and wrong,
“I think that many of them may say, ‘Well, you are a hypocrite. You say one thing, you say another,’” he told ABC News then. “My point is, 'OK, listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you drive, you are going to go into the water. Now, you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who is giving you the message?'”
Cosby was the upstanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable in the 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.” He grew up in Philadelphia and lives in Manhattan.
Well-known public figures and celebrities tweeted their support for the victims and criticized naysayers.
John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter @nyc_oz.