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, the women’s lawyers have said.
Cosby in sworn testimony now unsealed admitted that he gave the now-banned sedative Quaalude to at least one of his accusers and to unnamed others.
Lisa Bloom, lawyer for model Janice Dickinson, who contends she was drugged and raped, said: “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?”
The Associated Press (AP) had gone to court to compel the release of a deposition in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand – the first of a cascade of lawsuits.
Cosby, 77, has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct in episodes dating back more than four decades. He has never been charged with a crime, and the statute of limitations on most of the accusations has expired.
The entertainer settled Ms Constand’s lawsuit under confidential terms in 2006. Even the judge never saw the settlement terms, although the documents show that Cosby at one point offered the accuser an “educational trust” fund. Ms Constand’s lawyer said she agreed to be identified although she did not want to comment.
Cosby’s lawyers insisted during the deposition that two of the accusers knew they were taking Quaaludes from the comedian, according to the documents.