Bill Cosby’s lawyers are attempting to prevent prosecutors from mentioning any evidence that he used “disco biscuits” to drug women before sexually assaulting them, and prosecutors are fighting back.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a court filing on Thursday Cosby’s divulgence that he used intoxicants has “critical bearing” on his sexual assault case, and should be kept in court proceedings so that jurors will know about his admission to giving women Quaaludes to sex partners, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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Steele reportedly argued that the jokes Cosby made about using “Spanish Fly,” an aphrodisiac, on women in a 1991 biography called “Childhood,” and the subsequent Larry King interview, were important for jurors to hear because it showed that he “had knowledge of date-rape drugs” and “was willing to slip them to the victim in this case.”
Cosby’s lawyers argued earlier this week that the evidence should be dismissed from court proceedings.
“The testimony about Quaaludes and the alleged provision of money or educational funds is quintessentially the kind of evidence that causes ‘unfair prejudice.’”
In a 2005 civil suit, filed by former Temple University basketball manager Andrea Constand — the same woman Cosby is now accused of sexually assaulting – Cosby admitted to using Quaaludes on women he wanted. He claimed to have gotten seven prescriptions of the drug, but he didn’t intend to use them himself.
Cosby reportedly said that he gave the “disco biscuits” to a woman he met in Las Vegas. He claimed to have had sex with the woman though she claimed he sexually assaulted her.
Last week when Cosby’s lawyers filed to keep this evidence out of the trial, they reportedly argued that it would “divert the jury’s attention” and “cause confusion of issues because the testimony would result in a trial within a trial on collateral issues.”
The Pennsylvania judge hearing the case has reportedly ruled that only one of seven women claiming to have been sexually assaulted by Cosby will be allowed to testify.
Cosby has pleaded not guilty to charges of drugging and molesting Constand inside his Philadelphia-area mansion in 2004.
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