Three days after a deposition of Bill Cosby from a 2005 court case were made public, attorneys for the comedian are denying allegations that Cosby had non-consensual sex with women to whom he gave drugs.
In a new court filing, Cosby’s attorney Patrick O’Connor argues that the comedian only admitted to using Quaaludes for consensual and recreational sex, PEOPLE reports.
Nicknamed “disco biscuits” in the ’70s, Quaaludes were known for their ability to heighten sexual enjoyment, O’Connor writes in the filing.
“There are countless tales of celebrities, music stars, and wealthy socialites in the 1970s willingly using Quaaludes for recreational purposes and during consensual sex,” the filing reads. “Yet upon the unsealing of those excerpts, the media immediately pounced, inaccurately labeling the released testimony as defendant’s ‘confession’ of ‘drugging’ women and assaulting them … Reading the media accounts, one would conclude the defendant has admitted to rape. And yet defendant admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s.”
The filing was made in response to an attempt by former Temple employee Andrea Constand to unseal the entire contents of the 2005 deposition — a portion of which were recently released to the AP. Constand’s attorney is arguing that the release of the full deposition will help other alleged victims of Cosby, who is now 78.
According to the documents from Constand’s sexual-abuse lawsuit, Cosby testified under oath that he gave her three half-pills of Benadryl. He also testified about how he obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes for the express purpose of having sex with young women. Cosby settled the lawsuit in 2006 for undisclosed terms and the documents were sealed.