Bill Cosby Obtained Quaalude Prescriptions From Gynecologist

By McCarton Ackerman 07/27/15

The evidence of Cosby's alleged drug-induced rapes keeps piling up.

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In the latest headline chronicling Bill Cosby’s spectacular fall from grace, a recently released deposition from 2005 revealed that the comedian obtained multiple Quaalude prescriptions from his gynecologist.

The Washington Post reported that Cosby made regular appointments about 45 years ago with then-Hollywood gynecologist to the stars Leroy Amar. He received seven prescriptions from Amar for Quaaludes, which were intended to be treated for a sore back.

However, he admitted in the deposition that he had no intention of taking Quaaludes and was aware that it was illegal to dispense the drugs. Amar eventually stopped working with Cosby after the comedian allegedly assaulted a friend of his in the late 1960s or early 1970s, prompting the doctor to “confront Cosby, almost coming to blows.”

Amar reportedly continued to act with gross negligence in his practice afterwards, leading the California medical board to revoke his license in 1979 after several instances of plastic surgeries gone horribly wrong. His license was reinstated in 1985 under numerous conditions that included a lifetime ban on performing surgery, but he failed to pay his licensing fees and never practiced in the state again. He reportedly died in the early 2000s.

The 77-year-old has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 20 women, dating back more than four decades. Although he has never been charged with a crime and the statute of limitations on most of the accusations has expired, some of the women have filed individual lawsuits for punitive damages.

U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno justified leaking a small section of the 2005 deposition because of his publicly moral stance on subjects including family, crime and parenting.

"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,” he wrote. "[He] has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.