Bill Cosby’s high moralistic views and chastisement about how black parents raise their kids may have been his undoing. Cosby, 78, has been critical about everything from Ebonics to rap music and baggy pants. Bolstered by his squeaky clean image of a black doctor on the hit series, “The Cosby Show,” the actor and comedian has come down hard on parents for what he perceives as a lack of responsibility for their kids.
When allegations began to surface that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted several women, some fans could not reconcile his public image with sexual allegations.
However, Judge Eduardo Robreno hopes court documents will help bridge the gap between Cosby the TV star and Cosby the man accused of sexual assault. Robreno has unsealed court documents of a deposition in 2005 in which Cosby admits he gave a woman drugs before sex.
Judge Robreno said he released the documents because of the disconnect between the comedian's upright public persona and the serious allegations against him.
"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," the judge wrote in a memorandum Monday. The documents were released after a request from The Associated Press.
Cosby said in a 2005 legal deposition that he had obtained prescriptions for Quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex, according to the documents. However, his attorneys objected when asked if sex was consensual. His testimony was part of a civil suit involving a woman who accused him of drugging her and sexually assaulting her.
The actor was not charged in connection with these claims and the case was dismissed in 2006.
His lawyers had fought the documents' release, saying it would be "terribly embarrassing."
Robreno wrote Monday that the case "is not about the Defendant's status as a public person by virtue of the exercise of his trade as a televised or comedic personality. Rather, Defendant has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime."
Cosby has made himself part of these public issues and therefore has "voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim," the judge wrote.
The judge's statements in the 25-page memorandum were just some of the rationales for unsealing the documents that he outlines for both parties in the case.
More than two dozen women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them, including supermodels Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson. Cosby, who has never been charged, denies the allegations, and is trying to get several court cases thrown out.