Once more Bill Cosby is back in the court of public opinion. According to public records released by the Associated Press, Cosby has admitted to purchasing prescription Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
His admission comes from a sworn deposition taken during questioning by attorney Dolores Troiani for her client, Andrea Constand, in 2005. Constand, like dozens of other women, accused Cosby of sexual assault.
“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?” Troiani asked.
“Yes,” Cosby replied.
“Did you ever give any of those young women the Quaaludes without their knowledge?” the attorney continued.
At this point, Cosby’s attorney interceded and told him not to answer the question.
Although Cosby, 77, has admitted he acquired the Quaaludes, intending to use them for sexual purposes, he has not admitted to actually drugging any of the women.
After Cosby said he had given the drugs to other people, his attorney again stepped in and said he had only given them to the woman whose name is redacted in the lawsuit.
His attorneys cited two women who “allegedly say they knowingly took Quaaludes offered to them” by Cosby in the late 1970s, one of them former model Therese Serignese, who admitted as much publicly. Other accusers have stated that the comedian used coffee, soft drinks, wine and other beverages to drug them.
The deposition obtained by the AP is about a case filed against Cosby by a former Temple University employee. Cosby testified that he gave her three half-pills of Benadryl. That case was settled for an undisclosed amount.
Federal Judge Eduardo Robreno, who unsealed the court documents, said he did so because of the disconnect between Cosby’s upright morality and the allegations against him.
“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,” Robreno wrote in a memorandum Monday.
Unsealing the documents, according to several attorneys, constitutes a violation of Cosby’s privacy. Attempts to reach David Brokaw, Cosby’s publicist, were unsuccessful.
Cosby faces no criminal charges, and none of the accusers’ allegations fall within the statute of limitations.
According to the judge, Cosby has made himself part of public issues and has “voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim.”
To some extent, this zone had already been explored and expropriated by comedian Hannibal Buress last year. “Bill Cosby has the … smuggest old Black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said onstage last October. “He gets on TV: ‘Pull your pants up, Black people. I was on TV in the ‘80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches … I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch ‘Cosby Show’ reruns.”
It will be interesting to see if these new revelations are worked by Buress when he launches his own TV solo act series on Comedy Central this week. During an interview, Buress has indicated that the Cosby topic is passé.