Bill Cosby’s ‘public moralist’ reputation led to unsealing testimony

A memorandum from Judge Eduardo C. Robreno specifically cited a 2004 speech about crime as a basis for making the comedian’s admission he drugged a woman public.

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According to court documents released late Monday, comedian Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 to giving quaaludes to at least one woman with whom he intended to have sex.

The Associated Press, which went to court to have Cosby’s deposition unsealed, reported:

Cosby’s lawyers insisted that two of the accusers knew they were taking quaaludes from the comedian, according to the unsealed documents.

Nevertheless, attorneys for some of the numerous women suing Cosby seized on the testimony as powerful corroboration of what they have been saying all along: that he drugged and raped women.

As of Tuesday morning, Cosby and his attorneys haven’t publicly commented on the comedian’s deposition, though reports say they had been fighting hard to keep it under wraps.

Analyses such as this one in The Washington Post say Cosby’s history of being a “moral crusader” led to the court’s decision.

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