Even embattled comedian Bill Cosby’s longtime supporters are having a change of heart after court documents released this week reveal Cosby admitted to getting prescription Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.
The documents, which were unsealed after The Associated Press fought for their release, include testimony given by Cosby in a deposition during a civil suit filed by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University women’s basketball coach, who accused Cosby of sexual assault.
More than 25 women have accused Cosby of raping or assaulting them, including drugging them, over the past 40 years. Cosby has denied the allegations, and the statute of limitations has passed, preventing criminal charges against the entertainer.
Singer and actress Jill Scott, who had long supported Cosby publicly after the accusations started emerging, tweeted this week that she could no longer back her former mentor.
“About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations,” Scott tweeted.
Scott also defended herself from critics who said she should have condemned him sooner, pointing to racismas one of her reasons for waiting. She tweeted:
“1) We live in America. Many African American men are detained &/or imprisoned for crimes without evidence. I will never jump on bandwagons
2) based on social media or hearsay. Proof will always matter more than public opinion. The sworn testimony is proof. Completely disgusted.”
The judge who sided with The Associated Press to unseal and release the documents cited Cosby’s longtime stance as a “public moralist” as a key factor in his ruling.
“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,” U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno wrote in his decision.
Robreno specifically cited a 2004 speech given by Cosby in which he scolded African-Americans, particularly dads, for what he considered bad parenting and a lack of personal responsibility.
“Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals,” Cosby said at the time. “These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged: ‘The cops shouldn’t have shot him.’ What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand”
He continued: “I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two Where were you when he was 12 Where were you when he was 18, and how come you don’t know he had a pistol And where is his father, and why don’t you know where he is And why doesn’t the father show up to talk to this boy”
Following the documents’ release on Monday, Bounce TV, an Atlanta-based African-American network, announced it was pulling reruns of “Cosby,” and Centric, a BET-owned network, said it is pulling all “Cosby Show” episodes from its lineup.
Whoopi Goldberg on Tuesday,however, said on ABC’s “The View” that she was still reserving judgment on Cosby.