According to transcripts from a 2005 courtcase that was settled out of court, Bill Cosby admitted to giving at least one woman Quaaludes in order to have sex with her. Under oath, Bill Cosby was asked “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 answered simply “Yes.”
According to the court documents that were acquired from the Associated Press, Cosby confirms that one woman’s allegation that he had sex with her after giving her quaaludes was the truth. That said, he evaded the question surrounding whether or not the woman knew she was receiving the pill.
Quaaludes are a powerful sedative that came into popularity during the 1960’s, 1970;s, and 1980’s. The pills, or Methaquolone by their official name are also referred to as ‘ludes, Lemmons, and 714s. They were originally fabricated in India during the 1950’s as a sleeping pill, and sedative. Their first pharmaceutical application was as a sleeping and relaxation aid for housewives during the 1960’s. It was quickly discovered however that they led to a sleepy, drunken high when combined with alcohol.
The Cosby Show Star has over the past decade been immersed in a sex scandal of epic proportions. It all began in November of 2005 when Andrea Constant, the director of the Temple University’s women’s basketball team filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby accusing him of “inappropriate touching” dating back to 2002.
Fast forward to 2005 when Tamara Green, a California lawyer alleges that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1970’s. According to Green, Cosby gave her pills that were intended to bring down her fever, then proceeded to kiss, touch, and handle her in an unwanted way before leaving her $200 on her coffee table and leaving. That same year, Jane Doe 5 went public, yet she and 12 other women refused to testify. Cosby and Constant settled their court case.
It wasn’t until November 2014, after an op-ed that Barbara Bowman wrote for the Washington Post entiteld “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?” that Barbara Bowman’s story finally received the momentum it needed.
Also in 2014, Joan Tarshis, Linda Joy Traitz, Janice Dickinson, and eight more women all bring to light similar stories of Bill Cosby becoming sexually aggressive, often while offering them drugs to help them “relax,” and waking up hours later with their clothes in disarray and Cosby wearing a bathrobe.
So far, 36 women have come forth with allegations of sexual assault by Bill Cosby.
For a full timeline of the allegations against Bill Cosby, see here.