Andrea Constand, a woman whom Bill Cosby met while she was working at the Temple athletic department in Philadelphia, sued Cosby in 2005 alleging he drugged and raped her. Similar accusations have been made by dozens of women.
Until yesterday, the court record for that suit — which was settled out of court in 2006 — remained sealed. But yesterday, a federal judge unsealed the contents of the case file, including portions of Cosby’s deposition with Constand’s lawyers.
In those documents, Cosby admitted to giving women Quaaludes to facilitate having sex with them. (Having sex with someone after drugging them is called “rape.”)
In the deposition Cosby also admits offering to give Constand money but only if she used it for college and maintained a 3.0 GPA:
It was the disconnect between Bill Cosby’s conduct and his moralizing that ultimately persuaded the judge to unseal the file. “The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct, is a matter as to which the AP — and by extension the public — has a significant interest,” Judge Eduardo C. Robreno wrote. He cited a famous speech where Cosby said African Americans would stop getting shot by police in the back of the head if they would stop stealing pound cake.
This is an example of the two sides of Cosby playing out in private as well. Even while he was offering money to a woman accusing him of rape, he viewed himself as a moral guide. After decades, Cosby’s double life is finally being exposed.