For comedian Bill Cosby, it’s no longer a laughing matter.
Cosby swore in a 2005 deposition that he drugged a woman with Quaaludes before having sex, according to news reports.
The comedian, who was 38 or 39 at the time, admitted that he got the Quaaludes because he wanted to have sex with the woman, an unnamed employee of Temple University in Philadelphia. He is now 77.
Cosby, a native of Philadelphia, attended Temple. Last year, he resigned from Temple’s board of trustees, following renewed allegations from the woman, a former basketball employee.
He claimed he gave her Benadryl. Cosby later paid her an undisclosed financial payment to settle the allegations.
During the deposition, Cosby recalled another incident in Las Vegas that he gave another woman Quaaludes before they sex.
Allegations that Cosby drugged women to have sex have dogged the comedian for decades. In the last two years, the allegations have exploded with dozens of women coming forward.
Cosby and his attorneys had attempted to keep the deposition sealed, but U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno ordered it unsealed on Monday.
Judge Robreno wrote in a 25-page memorandum, “That there was a stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist, and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (perhaps criminal) conduct.”