Cosby prosecutors seek to use talk of quaaludes, Spanish fly
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 15:46
Bill Cosby's lawyers filed a motion this week arguing decade-old deposition testimony in which he admitted he gave Quaaludes to women he hoped to have sex with should be inadmissible at his upcoming criminal trial.
Cosby reportedly said that he gave the "disco biscuits" to a woman he met in Las Vegas.
But Steele, appearing ready for a defense challenge, acknowledged that Cosby, in an effort to try to keep the "damaging admissions" out of trial, may argue that the excerpts from his book and "The Larry King Show" were merely jokes or artistic expressions.
On Monday, O'Neill will oversee a hearing about pre-trial motions, including how jury members will be selected.
Cosby, 79, faces a June 5 trial on charges of aggravated indecent assault in connection with his alleged contact with Constand, a former Temple University athletic department employee, after plying her with blue pills and wine at his Cheltenham home sometime between mid-January and mid-February 2004. The judge ruled prosecutors had sufficient evidence to proceed. "You took a little a drop, on the head of a pin, and you put it in the drink, and the girl would drink it, and.hello, America".
On March 8, 2005, Constand filed a civil suit against Cosby in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, alleging, among other things, "claims for battery, sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress" based upon the same alleged sexual encounter that became the subject of the criminal charges filed against Cosby in December 2015, according to court documents. He's charged with felony sexual assault. In the end, it failed to have the desired effect.
Dozens of women have raised similar claims against him in the last two years but Judge Steven O'Neill has ruled that only one of them can testify at the trial.
Steele argued that the Spanish fly stories should be admitted in keeping with a Pennsylvania court ruling that allowed a jury to hear rap lyrics about a plan to kill someone to suggest the person's state of mind. They also want the judge to exclude Cosby's deposition testimony about what he calls a long string of consensual affairs and sexual liaisons.
Steele alleged Cosby's comments "tend to establish that he had access to, knowledge of, and a motive and intent to knowingly use substances that would render a female unconscious for the goal of engaging in sex acts".
Cosby's lawyer did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on Thursday. The powerful sedative was banned in the U.S.in 1983, and Cosby said he no longer had any on hand when he befriended Constand 20 years later. He later settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed sum.
The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they give permission, which Constand has done.