Bill Cosby, the 79-year-old comedian has been the subject of publicized sexual assault allegations. With the earliest incidents allegedly taking place in the mid-
The Pennsylvania case is the only criminal prosecution Cosby faces after more than 50 women leveled sexual misconduct allegations at him stretching back decades. Cosby, whose career and wholesome image were shattered by the accusations, has said every sexual encounter was consensual.
According to Reuters sources, the Montgomery County district attorney's office is seeking to use excerpts from Cosby's autobiography as well as statements he made in a 1991 television interview in which he described the power of an aphrodisiac he called "Spanish fly" to persuade women to engage in sexual conduct with him. Meanwhile, lawyers for entertainer want the trial judge to bar prosecutors from mentioning the confidential civil settlement he signed in 2006 with his accuser, Andrea Constand, a former basketball coach at Temple University.
A federal judge in 2015 released excerpts from a deposition Cosby gave in Constand's civil case in which Cosby acknowledged having obtained Quaaludes, the brand name for a sedative widely abused as a recreational drug in the 1970s, with the intent of giving the pills to young women in order to have sex with them.
In court documents filed last week, prosecutors said Cosby's description of Spanish fly demonstrated his long-held interest in "date-rape drugs"."He explained that all it took was a single drop into a woman's drink, and she was then yours," prosecutors wrote in recounting Cosby's 1991 appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live."But Cosby's lawyers responded that the comments were jokes intended to entertain his audience and had nothing to do with the present case.
"These jokes are not about Mr. Cosby, not about assault, and not about rendering anyone unconscious," his lawyers wrote.