Unsealed court documents have shown that famous actor Bill Cosby admitted to buying prescription drugs in order to sexually assault women in 2006.
The documents were part of a civil case between Bill Cosby and former Temple University employee Andrea Costland. Costland alleged that Bill, who attended Temple as a young man and was on its board of trustees, had drugged and sexually assaulted her.
The case was unsettled for an undisclosed amount though documents show that Cosby did offer Costland an educational trust fund. But during the proceedings, Bill admitted that he had kept several prescriptions of Quaalude, a sedative and hypnotic drug, which he had obtained in the 1970s.
When Costland’s lawyer asked Cosby whether he had intended to use Quaalude “for young women that he wanted to have sex with”, Cosby’s response was “Yes.” However, Cosby did not answer whether he had actually used Quaaludes for that purpose.
The above testimony was sealed off after the civil case was concluded. But the Associated Press (AP) went to court last month to compel their release to the general public.
Cosby’s lawyer George M. Gowen III argued that releasing this information would be embarrassing for Cosby and would make it more difficult for him to get a fair trial. Cosby is currently facing defamation lawsuits from women who claimed that he assaulted him and now say that he smeared their reputation by saying they were lying.
A key factor in his decision was how Bill Cosby had famously taken black parents to task in 2004 for spending $500 on sneakers but not $250 for “Hooked on Phonics.”
“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,” Robreno noted.
While the case for Bill’s accusers is now stronger than ever, it is unlikely that the 77-year old actor will ever face jail time for his actions. Most of these allegations exceed the statute of limitations. It would also be difficult to get overwhelming evidence that he actually committed these actions.
However, Cobsy’s public reputation has taken a massive blow since these allegations originated. Temple University asked Bill Cosby to resign from its board of trustees in December 2014. Many of his projects have been cancelled, such as multiple shows on a planned 2015 comedy tour.
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