New documents have emerged detailing a confession (of sorts) from comedian Bill Cosby in regards to a sexual allegation case he stood trial for in 2005. Contained within these documents is an admission from Cosby himself stating that he gave Quaaludes to young women he was sexually pursuing. The documentation provided does not detail whether or not Cosby administered these drugs without the knowledge of these women, as the lawyer representing him at the time discontinued questioning when this information was requested of Cosby in court. But despite that fact, this confession could prove to be beneficial to the large number of women currently pressing charges against Bill Cosby for various forms of sexual assault.
In most cases, the women accusing Bill Cosby of rape have stated that they were drugged at the time of the encounter. Even if he hasn’t admitted to personally assaulting each of these women, he has publicly sworn under oath that he acquired seven prescriptions for Quaaludes and then distributed them to several unassuming women. Women who trusted him based off his public persona, seeing him as a nice family man. The female victim pressing charges during this 2005 trial, former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, stated that she believed at the time that Cosby was giving her an herbal remedy treatment and was unaware of the actual contents of the drug she had taken. Cosby claims that in this instance he did not provide Ms. Constand with Quaaludes, but that he had given her three half pills of Benadryl. Andrea Constand went on to say that she briefly remembers having sexual contact with Cosby and then woke up some time later to find that her clothing was askew. Cosby stated during the trial that all sexual contact with Andrea Constand was consensual despite her recollection of the same events.
The numerous attorneys representing the growing number of women bringing charges against Bill Cosby recently have all agreed that this newfound information will greatly help their cases. Supermodel Janice Dickinson, who stepped forward with allegations of being drugged and raped by Cosby, is being represented by attorney Lisa Bloom. Following the release of this information, Bloom stated that given Cosby’s confession, he has no right to publicly vilify Ms. Dickinson or deny her claims when the story Janice presented was very similar to the one Andrea Constand presented in court.
During the trial, Bill Cosby went on to say that he acquired the previously mentioned seven prescriptions for Quaaludes during the 1970’s when the drug was still widely popular. During the 1990’s however, Quaaludes were banned, which further prompted Ms. Constand’s attorney to question whether or not Cosby had held onto the sedatives over the years. However, Cosby’s attorney interjected as they had done earlier. The judge for the case was prompted to force Cosby to cooperate, but no further information was divulged after that point had been made.
Lawyer Dolores M. Troiani, who was representing Andrea Constand at the time of the trial, has said that she believes, “This evidence shows a pattern in which defendant ‘mentored’ naive young women and introduced drugs into the relationship, with and without the woman’s knowledge, in order for him to achieve sexual satisfaction.” When asked a question with similar notions during the trial, Bill Cosby stated that “Yes,” he did in fact obtain the Quaaludes with the idea in mind that he was going to use them on the young women that he wanted to have sex with.
This new documentation provides a strong bill of support for the women bringing charges against Bill Cosby and the attorneys who represent them. Most of the women have claimed that they were drugged and raped by Cosby—allegations that will now be supported by the confession provided by these documents.
Bill Cosby and his lawyers, however, had been trying for years to keep the contents of this trial a secret. After reaching an undisclosed settlement for the Andrea Constand case, Cosby’s lawyers fought to have these documents remain sealed—stating that it would be a matter of great embarrassment for Cosby to have such information detailing his married life and prescription drug use readily available to the public. Their efforts have, after all this time, been in vain. Pennsylvania federal court has rules in place stating that sealed documents may be unsealed and released after a period of two years unless a party concerned can show specific harm that could stem from the releasing of these files. Apparently they did not find that this information would be embarrassing for Cosby upon their publication.
The reputation that Bill Cosby spent years building has been shattered in the face of these alarming accusations and the subsequent information that has been brought to light behind them. While Bill Cosby has not been officially charged with a crime in connection with any of these allegations, attorneys and victims alike are hopeful that these documents will help propel their cases in that direction.
Quotes provided and additional information can be found in the following article: http://www.wcvb.com/entertainment/docs-cosby-said-he-got-drugs-to-give-women-for-sex/34021030