In a decade-old deposition, actor Bill Cosby admitted to using his status as a famous comedian as well as drugs in order to have sex with women, the New York Times reported Saturday.
While Cosby presented himself at times as a playboy who actively hid his extramarital activity from his wife, he said any drug-taking and sex was consensual, adding that the women took the sedatives in “the same as a person would say have a drink.”
Throughout the deposition he spoke with a level of “casual indifference,” according to the Times.
The Times’ acquisition of the deposition follows a report in the Associated Press earlier this month that revealed Cosby testified to acquiring Quaaludes — a central nervous system depressant — in order to seduce women.
“What was happening at that time was that that was — Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case,” Cosby said then.
He said that he never took the drugs himself “because they made him sleepy and because he was using them in his efforts to have sex with women,” the Times reported.
Q. Why didn’t you ever take the Quaaludes?
A. Because I used them.
Q. For what?
A. The same as a person would say have a drink.
Over the years, Cosby has repeatedly denied accusations of sexual assault leveled against him by dozens of women.
Cosby has not been criminally charged in connection with any of the allegations.