After months of allegations from more women than we can count, actual proof has come out that Bill Cosby did give women quaaludes to have sex against their will.
A Pennsylvania judge agreed to unseal old court filings in a settled case brought by Andrea Constand, who was the first woman to publicly come forward with allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted her. Cosby's attorneys have been fighting the unsealing for weeks, saying that the documents posed a "real, specific threat of serious embarrassment." Now we know why.
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In a deposition dated September 29, 2005, and obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, the comedian was asked, "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?"
"Yes," responded Cosby.
He went on to admit that, on another occasion, he asked his agent Tom Illus to send money to another female accuser.
The comedy icon's lawyers tried everything possible to keep the deposition and other court documents associated with the case from being made public, including arguing that Cosby is not a public figure and that there is no credible public interest in the suit. +
U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno didn't buy it. Cosby "has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime," he states in his opinion. "To the extent that Defendant has freely entered the public square and 'thrust himself into the vortex of th[ese] public issue[s],' he has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim."
Looks like some women deserve an apology — which could be the least of the consequences of this new information. If efforts to change statute of limitations laws are fruitful, as some of his accusers are attempting, then Cosby may face his day in court, again.
Watch Wendy Williams and her panel discuss the Cosby controversy when it first broke last year:
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