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.
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.
Cosby was the upstandingDr. 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.
About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations.— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 6, 2015
Some of y’all would rather believe in an international conspiracy to railroad Cosby, than to believe the stories of dozens of women. Crazy.— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 6, 2015
I still think the women were lying about Cosby and if he says he did it then he’s lying too.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 6, 2015