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The Associated Press reported that in 2005 Cosby admitted in sworn testimony unsealed Monday that he gave quaaludes (now-banned sedative) to at least one of his accusers and to anonymous others.  The women’s lawyers said that Bill Cosby’s admission that he obtained sedatives to give young women he was pursuing for sex could bolster defamation claims lodged by his accusers.

Lisa Bloom, attorney for model Janice Dickinson, who contends she was drugged and raped as well, had this to say about the released information:

“If today’s report is true, Mr. Cosby admitted under oath 10 years ago sedating women for sexual purposes.  Given that, how dare he publicly vilify Ms. Dickinson and accuse her of lying when she tells a very similar story?”

Cosby had fought the Associated Press’s efforts to unseal the testimony and his lawyers objected to the release of the material, arguing it would embarrass him. Lawyer George M. Gowen III argued in June:

“It would be terribly embarrassing for this material to come out and prejudice him in eyes of the jury pool in Massachusetts,” where Cosby is fighting the defamation lawsuits from women who say that there reputation has been damaged after accused them of lying.

77 year old Cosby has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct in instances dating back more than four decades. However Cosby has never been charged with a crime and the statute of limitations on most of the accusations has expired.

In regards to the lawsuit in 2006 when he admitted to giving drugs to women with the intent of having sex the entertainer settled Constand’s lawsuit under confidential terms.  According to the documents, Cosby’s lawyers insisted that two of the accusers knew they were taking quaaludes from the comedian and Cosby called any sexual contact consensual.

 

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