Bill Cosby’s admission in a 2005 deposition that he obtained quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex undercuts his claim he did not drug and sexually assault former supermodel Janice Dickinson, who is suing him in Los Angeles for defamation, her attorney said Monday.
“If today’s report is true, Mr. Cosby admitted under oath 10 years ago the very conduct Janice Dickinson has accused him of — sedating women to make them sexually compliant,” lawyer Lisa Bloom said. “Given that, how dare he publicly vilify Ms. Dickinson and accuse her of lying?”
Bloom said the revelation by The Associated Press explains “why Mr. Cosby has failed to appear for his deposition in our litigation and instead has filed meritless motions with the court in an attempt to prevent Ms. Dickinson from having her day in court. Ms. Dickinson looks forward to proving the truthfulness of her claim that Mr. Cosby drugged and raped her.”
Cosby should “stop hiding behind his attorneys and PR agents and publicly apologize to Ms. Dickinson and the 46 other women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault,” Bloom said.
Bloom’s mother, attorney Gloria Allred, also represents women who have accused Cosby of sexually abusing them, including Judy Huth. She also released a statement in reaction to the AP report.
“This confirms the allegations of numerous victims who have said that he has used drugs in order to sexually assault them.” Allred said. “This admission is one that Mr. Cosby has attempted to hide from the public for many years and we are very gratified that it is now being made public.”
Allred said she hopes to use the admission in a lawsuit brought by another accuser, Judy Huth.
“Coincidently, today we filed a brief on behalf of Ms. Huth in the California Supreme Court in opposition to Mr. Cosby’s effort to have Ms. Huth’s case dismissed,” Allred said
Cosby’s deposition came in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, the first of a many sexual abuse lawsuits against him. Cosby’s lawyers had objected to the release of the document on the grounds that it would embarrass their client.
Cosby settled the case in 2006.
Cosby, 77, has been accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct, including allegations by many that he drugged and raped them in incidents dating back more than four decades. Cosby has never been criminally charged, and most of the accusations are barred by statutes of limitations.
Cosby, giving sworn testimony in the lawsuit accusing him of sexual assaulting Constand at his home in Pennsylvania in 2005, said he obtained seven quaalude prescriptions in the 1970s.
“When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” Cosby was asked.
“Yes,” Cosby replied.
— Wire Reports