Cosby admitted in 2005 he gave women sedatives for sex
VETERAN comedian and actor Bill Cosby admitted as far back as 2005 that he obtained drugs with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.
He also said that he gave Quaaludes, a sedative, to at least one woman and "other people".
The revelations are contained in a series of court documents.
That woman and a second woman testified in the same case that they knowingly took Quaaludes from him, according to the unsealed documents.
The news agency Associated Press went to court to compel the release of the documents from the deposition in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand - the first of a series of sexual abuse lawsuits against him. Cosby's lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass him.
Cosby, who is best known for the hit TV series 'The Cosby Show' in the 1980s and 90s, settled that lawsuit under confidential terms in 2006.
Cosby's lawyers did not want the documents made public
Cosby (77) has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct, including allegations by many that he drugged and raped them in incidents dating back decades - but he has never been criminally charged.
The new documents show that Cosby, giving sworn testimony in the lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting Ms Constand at his home in Pennsylvania in 2005, said he got seven Quaalude prescriptions in the 1970s. The lawyer for Ms Constand asked if he had kept the sedatives through the 1990s - after they were banned - but was frustrated by objections from Cosby's lawyer.
"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?" lawyer Dolores M. Troiani asked. "Yes," Cosby answered on September 29, 2005.
"Did you ever give any of these women the Quaaludes without their knowledge?"
Cosby's lawyer again objected, leading Ms Troiani to petition the federal judge to force him to cooperate.
Cosby later said he gave Constand three half-pills of Benadryl, although Ms Troiani in the documents voices doubt that was the drug involved.