While testifying under oath in a deposition made during a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee -- a sexual-abuse suit that was settled on undisclosed terms in 2006 -- the comedian admitted to giving the employee three half-pills of Benadryl. He also admitted, in more generic terms, to having obtained sedatives to use on women.
In the 2005 court documents, which were released at the request of the Associated Press and cite excerpts from the deposition, Cosby’s lawyers try and deflect most of the questioning in their client’s testimony, though one inquiry leads Cosby to a clear admission.
"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?" asks the plaintiff’s attorney, who is questioning Cosby.
The 77-year-old comedian has recently been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct in allegations that span several decades. Many of the alleged victims contend that Cosby drugged them before raping or assaulting them, though the comedian has maintained his innocence.
"The only reason Mr. Cosby settled was because it would have been embarrassing in those days to put all those women on the stand and his family had no clue," a rep for Cosby said in a statement to ABC News. "That would have been very hurtful."
Cosby has also never been criminally charged and most of the accusations are barred by statutes of limitations. He resigned in December from the board of trustees at Temple, where he had been the popular public face of the Philadelphia educational institution for many years.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing several of Cosby's alleged victims, issued the following statement on the comedian's 2005 testimony:
"This confirms the allegations of numerous victims who have said that he has used drugs in order to sexually assault them. This admission is one that Mr. Cosby has attempted to hide from the public for many years and we are very gratified that it is now being made public. We are very hopeful that we will be able to use this admission in the case of Judy Huth v. Bill Cosby, which Mr. Cosby is attempting to block by filing a writ with the California Supreme Court. Coincidentally, today we filed a brief on behalf of Ms. Huth in the California Supreme Court in opposition to Mr. Cosby’s effort to have Ms. Huth’s case dismissed."