NEW YORK, USA (AFP) — Bill Cosby’s admission that he used sedatives to lure at least one woman into having sex with him heaped more shame on the disgraced US comedian yesterday, but may count for little in court.
The 77-year-old, beloved by millions for playing a family father and doctor in the hit sitcom The Cosby Show, has gone from megastar to accused rapist over a torrent of allegations of sexual misconduct spanning four decades from dozens of women.
Lawyers say his admission — in a 2005 deposition unsealed Monday — could help bolster civil defamation suits from other women accusing the veteran actor of assault.
Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents numerous Cosby accusers, said she was “very hopeful” about using the admission in the case of Judy Huth, who filed a civil suit accusing the fallen star of sexual assault when she was 15 years old.
In December, prosecutors declined to charge Cosby over Huth’s claims, because the case was beyond the statute of limitations.