Cosby May Soon Regret Joke About Spanish Fly
Comedian's references to supposed aphrodisiac are 'damaging admissions'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 31, 2017 6:59 AM CDT
In this Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, Bill Cosby departs after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.   (Matt Slocum)

(Newser) – Prosecutors preparing to try actor Bill Cosby on sexual-assault charges want to use not only his explosive deposition testimony about getting quaaludes to give to women before sex, but also his riffs on trying to slip women the supposed aphrodisiac Spanish fly. In a court filing Thursday, they say the comments show his familiarity with date rape drugs and shouldn't be dismissed as "merely jokes." They quote Cosby making Spanish fly references in his 1991 book Childhood and in an interview that year with talk show host Larry King, the AP reports. In the book, Cosby says he and his adolescent friends needed the potion to get girls interested in them. "They're never in the mood for us," Cosby wrote. "They need chemicals." In the book, Cosby lays out a story about the boys trying to mix a Spanish fly powder in a drink and then sprinkling it on cookies they offered girls at a party.

In the end, it failed to have the desired effect. On the talk show, Cosby told King that boys "from age 11 on up to death" sought out Spanish fly. "Put it in a drink. ... The girl would drink it and..." Cosby began. "And she's yours," King said. "Hello, America," Cosby replied. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in the court motion Cosby "may cling to the cloak of comedy to avoid culpability," but "these are powerful and damaging admissions." Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a Temple University basketball team manager, Andrea Constand, at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. A hearing on the trial evidence is scheduled for Monday in suburban Philadelphia. (Here's why Cobsy's lawyers don't think quaaludes should be mentioned at trial.)

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