Damning new evidence has surfaced in the broader case against Bill Cosby for drugging and sexually assaulting more than three dozen women over the course of his career. In a 2005 deposition, obtained yesterday by the AP, the comedian confessed to obtaining Quaaludes with the purpose of giving it to women he testified he wanted to have sex with.
The deposition came from a civil case by Andrea Constand, a former employee of Philadelphia’s Temple University (Cosby’s alma mater, which he served on the board on until December), accusing him of sexually assaulting her in her home. In it, Cosby admitted to buying Quaaludes to give to at least one person and some “other people” as well as to giving Constand three half-pills of Benadryl. The information from the suit, which was settled for undisclosed terms by Cosby and his lawyers in 2006, was revealed only after the AP sued for disclosure.
The new evidence has caused some to recant their support of Cosby. R&B superstar Jill Scott, a Temple University alumna, retracted previous support of Cosby on Twitter, writing that despite the more than 40 allegations against Cosby, it took his own testimony to convince her:
About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations.— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 6, 2015
1) We live in America. Many African American men are detained &/or imprisoned for crimes without evidence. I will never jump on bandwagons— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 6, 2015
2) based on social media or hearsay. Proof will always matter more than public opinion. The sworn testimony is proof. Completely disgusted.— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 6, 2015
I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It HURTS!!! When you get it ALL right, holla.— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 6, 2015