Judge To Allow Jury To Hear Deposition In Which Cosby Admitted Under Oath To Administering Quaaludes To Women

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Cosby has found humor in testimony the past few days, but I bet he wont’ be laughing today.  Prosecutors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial can read the comedian’s prior testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex to the jury, the judge in the case ruled Tuesday.
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Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Tuesday that prosecutors can read the testimony into the record at Cosby’s retrial on charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. The testimony was also included at his first trial that ended with a hung jury last year.

Cosby testified at a deposition related to Constand’s lawsuit against him that he had gotten quaaludes from his doctor in Los Angeles in the 1970s. He said he was given seven prescriptions for the now-banned sedative, ostensibly for a sore back.

Cosby said he never took the drug, instead giving it to women he wanted to have sex with.

 

“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.

 

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

 

Prosecutors are building to the conclusion of their case against Cosby with investigators and a pharmaceutical expert expected to take the stand beginning Tuesday in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial.

 

The prosecution on Monday delivered a searing one-two punch as Constand rejected defense allegations that she concocted her story to score a big payday, and her mother testified that Cosby apologized and called himself a “sick man.”

Andrea and Gianna Constand’s testimony followed that of five additional accusers who told jurors that Cosby had drugged and assaulted them two decades earlier.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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