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Cosby's drugs-sex admission could aid women's cases

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 3:13 PM
Bill Cosby


Bill Cosby's accusers see his admission of obtaining quaaludes to give young women before sex as vindication of their claims that he drugged and sexually

assaulted them.

But a former television co-star and a prominent Cosby defender say they're reserving judgment because the 2005 deposition testimony unsealed Monday doesn't show he did anything wrong.

Cosby admitted that he gave quaaludes, a now-banned sedative, to a 19-year-old woman before they had sex in Las Vegas in the 1970s. He also admitted giving the

powerful drug to unnamed others.

Lawyer interfered

His lawyer interfered before he could answer deposition questions in 2005 about how many women were given drugs and whether they knew about it.

"I never thought I would be validated or vindicated in this," said Joan Tarshis, of Woodstock, New York, who accused Cosby of drugging and attacking her when she was breaking into comedy writing in 1969. "I mean, it's turned my life around 180 because now all the people that haven't believed me or us have come out, most of them, and said 'We were wrong.'"

His lawyers objected to the release of the material, arguing it would embarrass him. Ultimately, a judge seized on Cosby's public moralising on issues like family life, education and crime as he unsealed portions of the deposition.

More than two dozen women have accused Cosby, 77, of sexual misconduct dating back more than four decades. He has never been charged with a crime, and the statute of limitations on most of the accusations has expired.