Bill Cosby admission: What does it mean for pending cases?(Read article summary)
With newly unsealed testimony by Bill Cosby surfacing, accusers hope for some progress in their accusations against the 77-year-old comedian.
For years, Bill Cosby has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, but the comedian has denied the allegations. However, the recent release of court documents from a decade ago shows Mr. Cosby admitted to drugging young women in order to coerce them into sex.
An unsealed court document first obtained by The Associated Press shows that in 2005 Mr. Cosby testified he got Quaaludes, a now-banned sedative, with the intent of giving them to young women and seducing them.
The 77-year-old comedian also recalled an encounter in the 1970s in Las Vegas. "She meets me back stage. I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex," the document reads, according to NBC News.
There have been more than 35 sexual accusations against Cosby, as BuzzFeed reports, with the most recent accusations coming last May.
The women have accused Cosby of rape or sexual assault over the past 40 years.
Now with his 2005 testimony coming to light, some of Cosby’s accusers see this as a proof of his guilt.
"I never thought I would be validated or vindicated in this," said Joan Tarshis, one of the accusers who says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her twice in 1969 when she was 19. "I mean, it's turned my life around 180 because now all the people that haven't believed me or us have come out, most of them, and said, 'We were wrong.'"
"This admission is one that Mr. Cosby has attempted to hide from the public for many years and we are very gratified that it is now being made public," she said.
The lawyer for model Janice Dickinson, who has accused Cosby of a 1982 sexual assault, also said that "now we know why" Bill Cosby has failed to appear for a deposition in her defamation lawsuit against him.
Some who previously defended Cosby are changing their positions in light of the new evidence, including singer Jill Scott.
But some are still on Cosby’s side. In a series of tweets, Faizon Love, an actor, expressed anger that people are concerned about Cosby but are not “worried about what’s going on now.” In subsequent profanity-laced tweets, he focused attention on the recent Charleston black church shooting.
Meanwhile, actor and TV host Whoopi Goldberg said she is still reserving judgment on Cosby. “I say this because this is my opinion, and in America, still, I know it’s a shock, but you are still innocent until proven guilty," she said on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday.
Some Cosby critics see a bigger problem they call “rape culture.”
Cosby has never been criminally charged. He has not yet commented on the unsealed documents.