Comedian Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with. He admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman.
According to court documents unsealed Monday, the veteran comedian made the admission during his testimony in a civil case brought by a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby tricked her into taking drugs before he sexually assaulted her.
The case was settled for an undisclosed sum of money.
Dozens of women have come forward in the past year to allege that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades. His attorneys have consistently denied the allegations.
Cosby testified that in the 1970s he obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes, the brand name for a sedative and muscle relaxant that was widely used as a recreational drug at the time.
"When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?" Cosby was asked in the 2005 deposition.
"Yes," he replied.
Asked whether he ever gave them to young women, his lawyers raised a lengthy series of objections.
Cosby later testified that he gave Constand one and a half pills of the over-the-counter antihistamine drug Benadryl.
Cosby has said little directly about the slew of allegations against him, telling ABC television in a May interview that he did not wish to discuss them.
"I can't speak; I just don't want to argue; I don't talk about it," he said.
Some material for this report came from Reuters.