The Latest: Janice Dickinson's lawyer seeks Cosby apology

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Here are the latest developments from the release of court documents indicating Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 to obtaining quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex:


6:40 p.m.

The lawyer for model Janice Dickinson says "now we know why" Bill Cosby has failed to appear for a deposition in her defamation lawsuit against him.

Dickinson sued him in May, saying denials made by the comedian's representatives after she accused him last year of raping her in 1982 were defamatory.

Given his testimony in 2005, lawyer Lisa Bloom said in a statement Monday evening, "how dare he publicly vilify Ms. Dickinson and accuse her of lying when she tells a very similar story?"

She says "it is time for Mr. Cosby to stop hiding behind his attorneys and publicists and to publicly apologize to Ms. Dickinson and the 46 other women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault."


5:20 p.m.

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.

The Associated Press went to court to compel the release of the documents, and they were made public Monday. Cosby's lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client.

The 77-year-old comedian was testifying under oath in a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee. He says he gave her Benadryl. Two other women testifying in the case said they knowingly took quaaludes from Cosby.

Cosby settled that sexual-abuse lawsuit for undisclosed terms in 2006. More than a dozen women have since accused him of sexually assaulting them. Some believe they were also drugged. Cosby has never been criminally charged, and most of the accusations are barred by statutes of limitations.

Cosby's lawyers in the Philadelphia case did not immediately return phone calls.