The Slatest

Cosby Admitted in 2005 That He’d Gotten Quaaludes, Intended to Give Them to Women

Bill Cosby at a civil-rights event on May 15 in Selma, Alabama.

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Many of the more than 40 women who say Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them say the comedian gave them drinks or pills that affected their memory and/or made them lose consciousness. Cosby has never admitted to committing sexual assault or drugging women without their knowledge—but per a short new AP report, he did admit in a 2005 deposition to having obtained Quaaludes “with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with,” in the AP’s words.

The deposition was related to a lawsuit brought by Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee who said Cosby sexually assaulted her; Constand reached a settlement with Cosby in 2006. The AP’s report also says Cosby admitted giving Constand three half-pills of Benadryl, but does not indicate whether he claimed to have done so consensually, and does not elaborate on the nature of the conversation that led to Cosby’s admission about the Quaaludes.