Within this past year, rape accusations have swarmed the once-esteemed comedian Bill Cosby, with dozens of women coming forward recounting stories of drug-induced attacks orchestrated by the iconic social figure. Although the legendary actor has a long history of rape allegations, these past few months have proven to be the most public and the most crippling to Mr. Cosby and his “righteous” image.
A worldwide debate was sparked in response to the revelations, with many siding with the numerous victims and their persuasive tales of being drugged and rapped, while others believed the confessions were all a ploy to ruin Cosby’s public image. “Why did all these women wait so long to come forward?” “Why is this all coming out now?” skeptics wondered. But now is the time to do away with all our doubts and uncertainty because according to bombshell court documents revealed Monday (July 6), Bill Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, reports Page Six.
In the same documents, he confessed to giving the powerful sedatives to a 19-year-old in 1976, then having sex with her. The logged testimony comes from a 2005 case opened against the comic in 2005 by Temple University employee Andrea Constand, the first woman to publicly accuse Cosby of drugging and raping her. In a sworn deposition lawyers asked the comedian:
“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?”
“Yes,” Cosby replied.
However, The Cosby Show star claims to have only given the Quaaludes to Constand, along with three half-pills of Benadryl, but said that she was fully aware of taking the drugs.
The case was quietly settled in 2006 after Cosby learned that more women were preparing to come forward with the same allegations. Despite efforts to keep the documents quiet, the 10-year-old records were unveiled after a federal judge in Pennsylvania agreed to unseal old court filings from the suit due to Cosby’s (obviously faux) image as a “public moralist.”
But Constand’s case is just one of many. Over two dozen women have accused Bill of drugging and raping them in incidents dating back more than four decades. Cosby has publicly denied all allegations and has yet to be charged with a crime. However, the majority of the cases against him cannot be prosecuted due to expired statues of limitations. Despite this unfortunate fact, I think it’s pretty safe to say that his sworn court confession is enough to bury his reputation and legacy forever.