A Cosby con­fes­sion? Not nec­es­sar­ily

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - An­drea Man­dell Con­tribut­ing: Maria Puente

Af­ter so many first-per­son sto­ries of Bill Cosby drug­ging and rap­ing women over decades, an old de­po­si­tion, un­sealed Mon­day by a Penn­syl­va­nia judge, may fi­nally be the smok­ing gun.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments ob­tained by the As­so­ci­ated Press, Cosby ad­mit­ted in a 2005 court de­po­si­tion that he ob­tained Quaaludes with the in­tent of giv­ing them to young women he wanted to have sex with.

He also ad­mit­ted giv­ing the seda­tive to at least one woman.

Cosby be­came a trend­ing topic on Twit­ter within min­utes of the story break­ing.

“Bill Cosby ad­mit­ted to drug­ging women. Now the story that 40 women came for­ward to tell will fi­nally have some cred­i­bil­ity,” tweeted writer and ac­tor Frank Con­niff. Ac­cord­ing to The Hol­ly­wood

Re­porter, the doc­u­ments also re­veal Cosby tes­ti­fied he called Tom Il­lus of Wil­liam Mor­ris Agency and asked him to send money to one fe­male ac­cuser. Cosby is said to have tes­ti­fied that Il­lus, who is now dead, did not ask him why.

Could this new in­for­ma­tion force Cosby into a con­fes­sion?

To date, about 40 women have come for­ward al­leg­ing sex­ual as­sault or mis­con­duct from Cosby. Should he con­fess, “it also val­i­dates the vic­tims, mean­ing they were telling the truth,” says com­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­pert Karen Fried­man, au­thor of Shut Up and Say Some­thing.

But legally speak­ing, it re­mains in Cosby’s best in­ter­est to keep his mouth shut.

“He will hide be­hind his lawyers,” pre­dicts Fried­man. “He has never been charged and most of the ac­cu­sa­tions are barred by statutes of lim­i­ta­tions.”

The court doc­u­ments could be the best-case sce­nario for Cosby, says Jee­tendr Se­hdev, an au­thor­ity on celebrity brand­ing and pro­fes­sor of mar­ket­ing at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. “It’s the clos­est we’re go­ing to get to an ad­mis­sion of guilt and clar­ity around what hap­pened.”

JOHN MINCHILLO, INVISION, VIA AP

Bill Cosby ad­mit­ted in a court de­po­si­tion in 2005 that he ob­tained Quaaludes to give to women.

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