Newly released court documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal that back in 2005, Bill Cosby testified that he purchased Quaaludes with the intention of drugging young women he wanted to have sex with. He also confessed to sedating at least one woman and “other people,” according to his own testimony.
Cosby’s testimony was under oath as part of a lawsuit filed against him by a former Temple University employee. He testified that he gave the woman three half-pills of Benadryl. The sexual-abuse lawsuit was settled for undisclosed terms in 2006.
His admission corroborates with the accusations many other woman have made about him. Although Cosby has never been criminally charged, more than two dozen woman have accused him of sexual assault, including many who allege that they have been drugged and raped by him. The accusations date back four decades and most of them have passed the statutes of limitation.
The former Temple University employee alleged in the suit that Cosby offered to counsel her on making a career change and invited her to his home after a night out with mutual friends.
While at the actor’s home, the woman said she complained of being stressed. That was when Cosby offered her three blue pills he claimed were harmless herbal medication. She alleged that soon after taking the pills, her “knees began to shake, her limbs felt immobile, she felt dizzy and weak” and “barely conscious.”
She also claimed in the lawsuit that Cosby then led her to a sofa, positioned himself behind her and “touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand and digitally penetrated her.”
The woman said that she lost consciousness and awoke around 4 a.m. with her bra undone and her clothes in disarray. The suit also states that Cosby greeted her in his bathrobe.
Let all this new information sink in for a second.
Bill Cosby has the ability to testify under oath that he purchased drugs with the intention of sedating and raping women, and a decade later, he faces no criminal consequences for his actions. He can even confess to drugging women, and all he has to do is settle out of court.
Throughout all the horrific allegations that have come out against him, Cosby has always had his supporters. It didn’t matter how many women came forward, or how similar their stories were. His wealth bought him the privilege of being above the law, even when drugs and rape were involved.
But this story touches an a broader issue in the country. Cosby represents another example of the two tiered justice system that criminalizes poor minorities for things like simple drug possession, and issues a pass to the wealthy regardless of how violent or destructive their crimes are.
Of course fame has a lot to do with Cosby avoiding prosecution and prison time. But there is no question that wealth is the number one indicator of whether or not someone can beat the system and get away with criminal behavior.
Just last year, Texas teen Ethan Couch stole alcohol, drove with a .24 blood alcohol level, and crashed into pedestrians on the side of the road. A total of four people died and his friend became paralyzed after the tragic accident.
One witness had testified that Couch didn’t deserve time in prison because he suffered from affluenza, meaning that the wealthy teen lived such a charmed life that he didn’t comprehend the consequences of his actions. His rich parents didn’t set any limits, so according the the witness, Couch isn’t aware of his own reckless behavior.
Although prosecutors asked for a maximum of 20 years in prison, Couch received no jail time and 10 years of probation. He was also ordered to attend a fancy residential treatment facility that his parents would pay for.
Stories like that are hard to stomach when you read about a Kansas woman facing 30 years in prison for using cannabis oil to treat her servere Crohn’s disease.
Apparently the number one crime you can commit in the U.S. is being poor. If you’re wealthy enough, you could get a pass for rape and murder.