Bill Cosby Responds 2005 Court Deposition In A Statement That Avoids The Quaaludes Reveal Entirely
It has been months since Emmy-winning comedian and TV actor Bill Cosby began facing allegations of sexual abuse from over 20 women, all making the same claim that Cosby had drugged and/or raped, and/or assaulted, them in decades past. On Monday, court documents obtained by the AP regarding a 2005 deposition revealed Cosby admitted to procuring Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, and the case was later settled out of court in 2006 before AP released the documents. Cosby's representative has responded to the Quaaludes reveal in a statement to ABC News that, as with many statements given by the Cosby camp, doesn't really clear much up.
"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," read the short statement. "That would have been very hurtful." Since the response only addresses the eventual result of the case, rather than the actual things they were said in the deposition aka what everyone actually cares about, it doesn't answer many questions that the general public might have. Will the Cosby camp will either come out with a longer, more comprehensive statement akin to the one they gave when the accusations first reached the height of public consciousness, or will Cosby continue his strict policy of silence on the matter and leave the world to draw their own conclusions?
The rest of the world has not remained so quiet about this new development. Public figures from Judd Apatow to Perez Hilton have spoken out about their disgust, while people on Twitter have been vocal not only about their disappointment in Cosby but also their disappointment in previous Cosby defenders who needed the 2005 deposition to be revealed before they would consider believing the testimonies of the 20-plus women who have come forward to accuse the comedian of sexual misconduct. However, in the deposition itself, Cosby only admits to giving the Quaaludes to one woman he met in Las Vegas, a woman who, according to ABC news, was not the same woman who had filed the civil suit against him. His lawyer Patrick O'Connor "would not allow Cosby to say whether he gave the drug to 'other people.'"
As to the current wave of accusations, the statement Cosby has given through his lawyers from November 2014 has, thus far, remained unchanged:
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.
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