Bill Cosby’s Unsealed Deposition Condemns Him

In his own words: Bill Cosby's deposition corroborates accusations of drugging and sexually assaulting women.

In his own words: Bill Cosby’s deposition corroborates accusations of drugging and sexually assaulting women.

Over the past four decades, Bill Cosby has been accused by dozens of women of drugging and raping them. A decade-old recently unsealed deposition seems to support those accusations.

 In a 2005-2006 deposition, Cosby stated under oath that he obtained  quaaludes  to give to women prior to having sex with them. His accusers describe this behavior as “rape”; Cosby calls it “consensual sex”.  Quaalude  is a drug that depresses the nervous system and acts as a sedative and hypnotic. One effect of the drug is  increased sexual arousal. Quaaludes have been illegal in the U.S. since 1982 but were immensely popular as a “party drug” 40 years ago. Cosby denied giving the women the drug without their knowledge. He said he used the pills “the same way as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.'”

 Cosby also told of how he tried to gain women’s trust and make them comfortable through conversation about their families, their education and their aspirations. In addition, he said he sent hush money to women.

 More than 40 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault. Cosby has denied committing any crimes and is trying to get several court cases dismissed. He has never been charged with anything based on the allegations and the statute of limitations for criminal charges has run out in most instances. However, attorneys state that his admissions in the deposition could be used against him in civil cases if judges rule the testimony admissible.

 The deposition from a former lawsuit was sealed for confidential reasons when the suit was settled but a federal judge unsealed the document earlier this month. The judge wrote in a memorandum that part of the rationale for making the document public was the disconnect between Cosby’s upright public persona and the serious allegations against him. He further wrote that when Cosby voluntarily gave his public views on  morals about certain issues he narrowed the “zone of privacy” that he was entitled to claim.

 Cosby’s lawyers had argued against release of the document saying it would be “terribly embarrassing”, revealing intimate details of Cosby’s drug use, sex life, and marriage. Cosby’s lawyer told the Philadelphia Inquirer that publication of information from the deposition was not fair to his client. “How that deposition became public without being court-sanctioned is something we are going to pursue and deal with very vigorously”, He said. “It’s an outrage that the court processes weren’t followed here.”

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