Cosby’s sex bomb­shell

‘ Lude’ con­fes­sion

New York Post - - FRONT PAGE - By BOB FRED­ER­ICKS rfred­er­icks@ny­

Bill Cosby ad­mit­ted un­der oath that he gave Quaaludes to a 19yearold woman in 1976 and then had sex with her, bomb­shell court doc­u­ments re­vealed Mon­day.

In a sworn de­po­si­tion taken in Septem­ber 2005, lawyers grilled the comic for a law­suit brought by Tem­ple Univer­sity em­ployee An­drea Con­stand, the first woman to pub­licly ac­cuse him of drug­ging and rap­ing her.

“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?” a lawyer asked. “Yes,” Cosby replied. He tes­ti­fied that he only gave the pow­er­ful seda­tives to the 19yearold, whom he said he had met back­stage in Las Ve­gas. He claimed that she knew what she was tak­ing and that the sex was con­sen­sual.

“I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex,” Cosby said.

He also ad­mit­ted giv­ing Con­stand, a for­mer Tem­ple bas­ket­ball star, three half-pills of Be­nadryl, which can also cause drowsi­ness.

The co­me­dian said he got seven pre­scrip­tions for Quaaludes in the 1970s.

Con­stand’s lawyer asked if the co­me­dian had kept the drugs through the 1990s af­ter they were banned. The lawyer never got a straight an­swer af­ter Cosby’s at­tor­neys raised ob­jec­tions.

Cosby, now 77, set­tled the case in 2006 af­ter learn­ing that other women were ready to come for­ward, charg­ing that he had raped or sex­u­ally abused them.

His reps told ABC News he set­tled for fear of em­bar­rass­ing his fam­ily.

The doc­u­ments were re­vealed af­ter a fed­eral judge in Penn­syl­va­nia agreed to un­seal old court fil­ings from the suit.

Cosby’s lawyers had fought to keep them se­cret, ar­gu­ing the man famed for play­ing dad Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” wasn’t a public fig­ure.

There’s “no le­git­i­mate public in­ter­est” in the suit, they said, adding con­fi­den­tial­ity should be main­tained on ma­te­ri­als pos­ing a “real, spe­cific threat of se­ri­ous em­bar­rass­ment” to Cosby.

Judge Ed­uardo Ro­breno dis­agreed, not­ing the ac­tor’s public stances.

Cosby “has donned the man­tle of public moral­ist and mounted the prover­bial elec­tronic or print soap­box to vol­un­teer his views on, among other things, chil­drea­r­ing, fam­ily life, ed­u­ca­tion and crime,” Ro­breno said in his opin­ion or­der­ing the pa­pers re­leased.

Cosby has been ac­cused by more than two dozen women of sex­ual mis­con­duct, in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions that he drugged and raped them in in­ci­dents dat­ing back more than four decades.

He has de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions and has never been charged with a crime. Most of the cases can’t be pros­e­cuted, due to ex­pired statutes of lim­i­ta­tions. With Wires


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