How Bill Cosby Got His Quaaludes

A gynecologist prescribed 'disco biscuits' for a sore back
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2015 8:34 AM CDT
How Bill Cosby Got His Quaaludes
In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during a news conference.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

How did Bill Cosby get the Quaaludes that he would offer to women "the same as a person would say have a drink?" From a gynecologist and sometimes-plastic surgeon, per a Washington Post report that cites his 2005 deposition. During the deposition, Cosby told a lawyer that Leroy Amar gave him seven prescriptions for the drugs, then called "disco biscuits," with the full knowledge that they weren't for him. Amar, who was a part owner of a social club Cosby frequented, wrote the prescription for a sore back, but "I would not doubt in a minute that Amar would sign a prescription to give anybody anything they wanted," says a former lawyer who once represented him. "That’s just the way he was."

Amar, who died in 2002, moved between clinics in California, New York, and Maryland, with disciplinary records describing botched plastic surgeries. He "was constantly in trouble with medical authorities and periodically lost his license," reports the Post. But the deposition shows a lawyer for the plaintiff said Amar confronted Cosby after the comedian allegedly gave Tamara Green wine and made her feel "very uncomfortable." Amar, who introduced the pair, warned him "never to do anything like that again to Green," the lawyer said; Cosby denied the allegations. Cosby has hired a new lawyer/rep, Monique Pressley, who says Cosby's testimony has been taken "out of context" and doesn't provide proof of rape, per USA Today. (More Quaaludes stories.)

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