Bill Cosby's Mugshot (Photo credit: Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)

Bill Cosby’s mug shot (Photo credit: Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)

The days are ticking down to the start of the criminal trial for embattled comedian Bill Cosby and shocking details are starting to be released. Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women over his long career as well as giving many of them the drug Quaalude before encounters. His criminal trial centers around allegations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who claims that the comedian sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia home in 2004. Now damning information is coming out from depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 that are painting him in a terrible light.

Apparently, Cosby admits that he engaged in sexual activity with at least two teen girls. The news has shocked many and calls into question the legacy of the 78-year-old comedian. In the deposition he admits that in 1976 he gave Quaaludes to a then-19-year-old Therese Serignese while in Las Vegas. That deposition reads in part:

Q: Did you give her Quaaludes?

A: Yes.
Q: What effect did the Quaaludes have on her?
A: She became in those days what was called high.
Q: She said that she believes she was not in the position to consent to intercourse after you gave her the drug. Do you believe that is correct?
A: I don’t know. … How many years ago are we talking about? 197(6)? … I meet Ms. Picking in Las Vegas. She meets me backstage. I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex.

Cosby also admitted to another encounter with a teen model he met when she was only 17. He stated the following:

Q: She says that just days after … she told you that she did not drink, you told her to come over to (your townhouse) and served her amaretto. Do you recall serving her amaretto?
A: No.
Q: That you told her to sit next to you on the couch and that you put your arm around her and began massaging her shoulder and arms suggestively. Did that occur? … This occurred sometime after you met her parents.
A: I need clarification on time.
Q: She’s 17 and I believe throughout the time she knows you she becomes 18 or 19.
Q: On a later occasion you had her masturbate you with lotion. Did that ever happen?
A: Yes.
Q: (She) used the lotion to rub your penis and make you ejaculate?
A: Bingo.

Even more troubling is that Cosby was sent teen models by the William Morris agency 5-6 times weekly during the year 2000. He stated that the teens would receive “a very, very good meal” when they met with the comedy legend. These new details have come forward the day before he is to have a preliminary hearing in his case to determine whether his criminal trial will go forward.

Mo Barnes

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Maurice “Mo” Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.