Bill Cosby fought to keep records sealed

(Photo credit: Eugene Parciasepe /
(Photo credit: Eugene Parciasepe /

Bill Cosby has fallen and the sound is deafening and the moment  tragic. His comedy, mentorship and philanthropy have been forever tarnished because of his own admission of giving the now banned prescription narcotic Quaalude to women to have sex, although Cosby claimed in his depositions that at least one of the women he gave the drug to was aware of what she was taking.

But the fact that he knowingly drugged women for sex now brings added weight to the accusations of a least two dozen women of his depraved behavior. The lawyers for the women accusers in these cases have been very vocal regarding the new found evidence. The lawyer for accuser Therese Serignese stated, “The women have been saying they’ve been drugged and abused, and these documents appear to support the allegations.”

“If today’s report is true, Mr. Cosby admitted under oath 10 years ago sedating women for sexual purposes… Given that, how dare he publicly vilify Ms. Dickinson and accuse her of lying when she tells a very similar story?” said Lisa Bloom, attorney for model Janice Dickinson.

Cosby’s legal team dragged many of his accusers through the mud, bringing up their own questionable backgrounds. But with the release of the court documents it is plain for the entire world to see that Cosby had a shady background. Many of his closet supporters are now in shock that the image of a sexually depraved, drug giving sexual abuser might be true.

Even the judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno, was critical of Cosby’s lawyer’s attempt to stop the release of the material, writing, “The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct, is a matter as to which the AP — and by extension the public — has a significant interest.”

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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