Sealed testimony that Bill Cosby probably never expected to be made public was released earlier this week and blew the lid off the beloved comic and television dad’s public persona. According to an article in the Inquisitr, Cosby admitted in a 2006 lawsuit to drugging women he wanted to have sex with. He confessed that he drugged at least one women with Quaaludes. Over 30 women now have come forth claiming that he drugged or attempted to drug and attempted to or did grope or have sex with them. Some of these victims even claim that they were raped.
Now an attorney for one of the women accused of assaulting her has raised the possibility that Cosby may have a rare sexual disorder known as somnophilia. Dolores Troiani represents Andrea Constand, who is the first woman that accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. The attorney filed a motion on Wednesday to seek to have additional records released in Constand’s case, which had been settled. Troiani wrote the following in her motion, according to the Associated Press.
“Although some of the women engaged in consensual relations with Cosby, their accounts substantiated defendant’s alleged predilection for somnophilia.”
What is somnophilia? According to Dr. Michael First, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, it is “being aroused by the idea of having sex with someone sleeping,” even if there is no sexual contact. As far as is known, no one has diagnosed Cosby as having this sexual disorder or any other psychological disorder, or treated him for any such disorders. First merely is describing the disorder theoretically, and he stated the following according to the New York Post.
“The research on this is very, very limited. It’s possibly that what the person might find arousing is the idea you have full control over this person.”
First also indicated that people with somnophilia may also be aroused because of the lack of consent by the other party, or by the sense that they got away with something, or even by their attraction to seeing a sleeping person. Of the eight paraphilias in the main guide book used by psychiatrists, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, somnophilia is not one of them partly because it is so rare.
If it were proven that Bill Cosby has a disorder such as somnophilia, would that change your opinion of whether he is guilty of assaulting any of his accusers? Do you believe that such a disorder would make a person not guilty of assault or rape? Do you think that the rest of the records in the prior case should be released? Please leave your comments below.
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