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Bill Cosby trial: Jury to hear comedian’s Quaaludes confession

Tuesday - 17/04/2018 14:37
A JUDGE has ruled that the jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial will get to hear a decades-old revelation from the comedian that he gave drugs to women he wanted to sleep with.
 
Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Picture: MEGASource:Mega
Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Picture: MEGASource:Mega

THE jury at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial can hear the comedian’s decade-old testimony about giving Quaaludes to women before sex, a judge has ruled, handing the prosecution a key victory in its effort to portray him as a serial predator. 

Judge Steven O’Neill ruled that prosecutors can have The Cosby Show star’s deposition testimony read into the record.

Boxes of documents are wheeled into the courtroom before actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault retrial. Picture: AP
Boxes of documents are wheeled into the courtroom before actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault retrial. Picture: APSource:AP

Cosby, 80, is on trial on charges he drugged and molested former Temple University basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

The testimony was also included at his first trial, which ended with a hung jury last year.

Testifying under oath in 2005 as part of Constand’s civil suit against him, Cosby said he had obtained several prescriptions for Quaaludes from his doctor in Los Angeles in the 1970s, ostensibly for a sore back.

Bill Cosby gestures to supporters as he departs his sexual assault trial. Picture: AP
Bill Cosby gestures to supporters as he departs his sexual assault trial. Picture: APSource:AP

The long-married comedian said he never took the drug, instead giving it to women he wanted to have sex with “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink’.”

“Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with, and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case,” Cosby testified.

The former TV star ultimately settled Constand’s lawsuit for nearly $US3.4 million.

Cosby’s lawyers argued the testimony is irrelevant to his retrial because there is no evidence he gave Constand the drug.

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