Bill Cosby Admitted Giving Young Women Quaaludes in 2005

By Zachary Siegel 07/08/15

Cosby’s house of cards is showing signs of crumbling in light of new evidence his lawyers tried to squash.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby’s once good-guy, family-oriented image seems to have taken another giant hit. It’s now known that in 2005 Cosby admitted to dosing young women with quaaludes in an attempt to have sex with them, according to recently unsealed documents obtained Monday by the Associated Press.

Cosby, 77, has been accused by more than 20 women of sexual misconduct, dating back more than four decades. He has never been charged with a crime and the statute of limitations on most of the accusations have long expired.

According to the unsealed documents, Cosby's attorneys affirmed that two of the comedians accusers were, in fact, aware that they were taking quaaludes offered by Cosby.

But lawyers for some of the dozens of women currently suing Cosby insist this testimony is powerful corroboration of what has been alleged all along: that Cosby drugged women in order to take sexual advantage of them.

Gloria Allred, a celebrity attorney who is representing several of Cosby’s accusers, said she hopes to use the 2005 admission in court cases against the comedian.

To save Cosby from further embarrassment, his lawyers had objected to the release of these materials. Ultimately, a judge opened just a small section of the deposition.

U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno's argument for doing so was, "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."

With Cosby’s moralistic views on topics including childrearing, family, education, and crime, "[He] has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim," the judge also wrote.

Below is an excerpt of the 2005 court transcript:

"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, the prosecutor, asked.

"Yes," Cosby answered.

"Did you ever give any of these young women the quaaludes without their knowledge?" Troiani asked.

Cosby's lawyer objected, leading Troiani to petition the federal judge to force Cosby to cooperate.

You can read all the documents in full here, courtesy of Deadspin.

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Zachary Siegel is a freelance journalist specializing in science, health and drug policy. His reporting has also appeared in Slate, The Daily Beast, Salon, Huffington Post, among others. He writes often about addiction, sometimes drawing from his own experience. You can find out more about Zachary on Linkedin or follow him on Twitter.