Cosby’s sex bombshell
‘ Lude’ confession
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