PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with. He admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman.
The Associated Press went to court to compel the release of the documents, and they were made public Monday. Cosby’s lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client.
The 77-year-old comedian was testifying under oath in a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee. He testified he gave her three half-pills of Benadryl.
Cosby settled that sexual-abuse lawsuit for undisclosed terms in 2006. More than a dozen women have since accused him of sexually assaulting them. Some believe they were also drugged. Cosby has never been criminally charged, and most of the accusations are barred by statutes of limitations.
Cosby’s lawyers in the Philadelphia case did not immediately return phone calls.
Excerpts of Bill Cosby’s statements in a 2005 deposition
Excerpts of statements made by entertainer Bill Cosby under questioning in 2005 from a lawyer for former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who accused him, in a case that was settled before trial, of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion:
According to the documents, unsealed by a federal judge on Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, Cosby had admitted obtaining seven prescriptions for quaaludes and said he gave them to other people. That was followed up by this questioning by Constand’s lawyer:
Question: Who are the people that you gave the quaaludes to?
Cosby’s lawyer interrupts and asks to limit the questioning to a certain group of accusers referred to in the documents as the Jane Does.
Q. 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?
Q. Did you ever give any of those young women the quaaludes without their knowledge?
Cosby’s lawyer objects, again asking Constand’s lawyer to limit the question to only the Jane Does. After their wrangling, Cosby continues.
—I misunderstood. Woman, meaning (another accuser), and not women.
Q. OK. So, you’re saying you never gave the quaaludes to anyone other than (a specific person)?
Cosby’s lawyer: Don’t answer the question. You can ask all the questions you want about the Jane Does.
Cosby also answered questions about a sexual relationship with a woman in 1978. The woman went public last November with allegations he drugged and assaulted her two years earlier, when she was 19. That woman has accused Cosby of defamation over his denials.
Cosby: I meet (the accuser) in Las Vegas. She meets me backstage. I give her quaaludes. We then have sex. I do not. I can’t judge at this time what she knows about herself for 19 years, a passive personality …
(The accuser) was sweet in her personality. As far as I was concerned was well-mannered, didn’t demand or give a feeling that she was above anyone. If anything, I think she may very well have been very happy to be around the show business surroundings.
Constand’s lawyer: Star struck?
Cosby: You’ll have to ask her.