Bill Cosby could find a now-unsealed deposition from a decade ago playing a big role in a current lawsuit from former America’s Next Top Model judge Janice Dickenson. “His admission is a game changer,” Dickinson’s attorney Lisa Bloom said today about the revelations that Cosby admitted in 2005 having seven prescriptions for Quaaludes in the 1970s and that he intended to give those pills to women he wanted to have sex with. “Mr. Cosby now acknowledges that he procured drugs for the purpose of having sex with young women,” Bloom told Deadline. “This is an admission against his interest and establishes one of the issues in the case in our favor.”
Even thought the statute of limitations has run out on Dickenson’s sexual assault allegations, she filed a defamation and intentional infliction of emotion distress lawsuit against Cosby on May 20.
“So far Mr. Cosby has refused to appear for his deposition, now we know why,” said Bloom on Tuesday. “Bill Cosby, through his attorney, called Janice Dickinson’s rape disclosure a lie. Ms. Dickinson alleges that Mr. Cosby drugged and raped her. In our litigation we contend that Mr. Cosby’s calling Mr. Dickinson a liar is false and defamatory,” the attorney asserted.
Cosby lawyer Marty Singer’s office had no comment on the matter, but there was more fallout on the small screen today, with Atlanta-based Bounce TV announcing it will no longer be airing reruns of Cosby “effective immediately.” NBC cancelled a new project with Cosby back in November last year after several women claimed publicly Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted them. While the claims have expired under the statute of limitations, more 40 women have come forward with similar allegations. The comedian has continued to dodge the claims and has continued a sporadic comedy tour in subsequent months.
The unsealing by a federal judge of the 2005 documents yesterday was spurred by legal actions by the Associated Press and comes after deflection after deflection by Cosby over the years that he used drugs and other coercive methods to have sex with unsuspecting women. The deposition was from a sexual assault case brought against Cosby by Andrea Constand, a former employee at Temple University — Cosby ‘s alma mater and the recipient of millions in donations from hi over the years. In the September 2005 deposition, Cosby also revealed slipping Constand portions of the drug Benadryl, though his attorney objected to the naming of the pills. The Constand case was settled in 2008 for an undisclosed sum and Cosby’s lawyers had fought to keep the deposition and other docs from the case sealed, over concerns that making them public would “embarrass” the sitcom star.
The documents from 2005 also allege that William Morris agent Tom Illus, who died in 2011, funneled money to women at Cosby’s request. While Cosby said that Illus did not ask what the money was for, there is no hard evidence if money was actually paid to women by the agent. When contacted by Deadline, WME had no response to this information.