The Los Angeles Police Department is launching at least one criminal investigation into sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby.
The news comes after Cosby, age 77, said during a 2005 deposition that “he obtained the sedative Quaalude with the intent of giving the drug to women whom he wanted to have sex with.”
Accusations of sexual misconduct against Cosby have increased in the past year, with dozens of women coming forward to say he assaulted them. In some instances, the allegations go back decades.
Cosby’s statements came out after the Associated Press asked for the release of court documents related to a lawsuit filed against him by a former Temple University employee. A judge unsealed the deposition for many reasons – including because he says Cosby is a public figure who has spoken out about moral issues including family life and crime.
Meanwhile the woman whose lawsuit led the judge to unseal that deposition may ask the judge to unseal all of Cosby’s testimony.