Since 2002, comedian Bill Cosby has been dealing with allegations that he drugged and raped women. But after fellow comedian Hannibal Buress joked about the rape charges during a 2014 show in Philadelphia, the shit really hit the fan. Now the Jello pudding pop pusher faces allegations from three dozen women dating back four decades.
In nearly every case, Cosby’s alleged victims claim they were drugged, normally after something was placed in their drinks or given to them under the pretense of being “herbal supplements” or some such garbage.
Of course, Cosby and his lawyers have disputed the charges, refused to respond to them or simply labeled them as false and outrageous. Unfortunately, though, new information just came to light that could prove to be the final nail in this once beloved actor’s coffin.
On Monday, the Associated Press obtained documents from a 2005 sex abuse case filed by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who claimed Cosby drugged, fondled and “digitally penetrated” her at his Pennsylvania home. And what they discovered was pretty damning.
In his sworn testimony, Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaalude prescriptions in the 1970s and giving them to women he wanted to have sex with, as well as others (whatever the hell that means). When asked if he did so without the women’s knowledge, however, Cosby’s lawyers prevented him from answering. The damage, however, had already been done.
What does this mean for the 36 women who have publicly accused Cosby of inappropriate sexual behavior? Perhaps nothing since the statute of limitations on these crimes has passed. Nothing except validation, that is.
And for Cosby, this likely proves that no matter how beloved and respected you are, no one truly knows the darkness that lies within. What a shame.