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Lawyers: Cosby's Drugs-Sex Admission Could Aid Women's Cases

FILE - Bill Cosby performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden, in New York.

Lawyers for women pursuing criminal and civil cases against Bill Cosby say his admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women before sex could bolster their claims.

Court documents unsealed Monday show that Cosby says he gave a 19-year-old woman the sedative before they had sex in the 1970s. She is one of three women now suing him for defamation.

The defamation suit accuses Cosby of branding them liars when his representatives denied their accusations of being drugged and sexually assaulted.

Meanwhile, lawyer Gloria Allred is pressing to have criminal charges filed in California. Her client says Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15. Cosby's lawyers are fighting the potential child-sex charges.

Lawyers for the 77-year-old actor have not returned messages.