Bill Cosby Admits Giving Teenager Quaaludes, Alcohol Before Sex

By McCarton Ackerman 05/26/16

During his latest deposition, the 78-year-old comedian admitted to giving pills to Andrea Constand, the first person to call him out for sexual assault.

Bill Cosby Admits Giving Teenager Quaaludes, Alcohol Before Sex

The latest piece of damning evidence against Bill Cosby has been unearthed. Newly released court documents from a decade ago show the comedian admitted to giving a teenager quaaludes before they had sex.

Variety reported that his statements came from depositions made in 2005 and 2006 for a lawsuit involving now 43-year-old Andrea Constand, the primary focus of the upcoming sexual assault case against him. He admitted to giving then 19-year-old Therese Picking (now Therese Serignese) quaaludes during an encounter they had in 1976.

Cosby said he first met Serignese backstage during a Las Vegas show and paid her off through his reps at William Morris so that she wouldn’t go to the press and reveal his infidelity to “Mrs. Cosby.” He also admitted that a modeling agency would send him “five or six” young women each week.

The Washington Post reported last July that a separate deposition from 2005 showed Cosby admitting he received quaalude prescriptions from a gynecologist. He made regular appointments 45 years ago with then-Hollywood gynecologist to the stars, Leroy Amar, receiving seven prescriptions for quaaludes that were intended to treat a sore back. Amar stopped working with Cosby after the comedian allegedly assaulted a friend of his in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s. The California medical board revoked his license in 1979 after several instances of plastic surgeries gone horribly wrong.

The disgraced comedian also spoke in the latest depositions about Constand. He admitted giving pills to her before they had sex and acknowledged that because she didn’t speak, he continued to “go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection.”

Cosby also spoke about two other women when questioned by Constand’s lawyer. He admitted giving alcohol and a massage to a 19-year-old woman, but denied they ever had sex, and also said he was masturbated by an 18 or 19-year-old woman who came to his home in 2000.

An arrest warrant was issued for the 78-year-old Cosby last year on charges of criminal sexual assault. He was arraigned at his home in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, before being released that same day on $1 million bail. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. He has continued to deny all allegations against him.

On Tuesday, a Pennsylvania judge ruled during a hearing that there was enough evidence available to proceed with a criminal trial. 

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