Here Are the Unsealed Documents in the Bill Cosby Case

According to newly unsealed court documents, Cosby testified in a deposition that he obtained Quaaludes to give to women. We have those documents.


Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University’s commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Bill Cosby told a court in 2005 that he had obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, AP reports, basing its account on newly unsealed court documents, which we are releasing in their entirety for the first time below. (The Quaalude admission starts on page eight of the first embedded document, labeled Document 48.) Cosby admitted giving at least one woman and “other people” the sedative, according to those documents.

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The comedian made the statement during a deposition in a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who accused him of assaulting her. According to deposition testimony submitted to the court, he testified that he gave her three half-pills. He settled the suit for undisclosed terms in 2006; certain documents from the case had been under seal until the AP filed to unseal them following a flood of new allegations against the entertainer.

Constand alleged in her lawsuit that Cosby drugged and raped her at his Cheltenham home in 2004, when she was 30, and said that she was prepared to bring forward 13 other women with similar claims. At the time, those women were identified only as Jane Does. The terms of the settlement were confidential, a common practice in civil litigation, and Cosby’s problem largely faded from view.

Nearly a decade later, that problem has returned with a vengeance, with the number of women accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct or worse at more than 40.

Cosby resigned from the Temple Board of Directors in December. He has never faced criminal charges and has denied  all allegations, although there are now several civil lawsuits outstanding.