Bill Cosby’s courtroom admission that he obtained sedatives to give to women he wanted to have sex with may be enough material to lead to civil lawsuits against the comedy legend, a legal analyst said Tuesday on TODAY.
The recently unsealed court documents don’t provide prosecutors enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, but they could provide just enough material for private lawyers, said Ari Melber, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent and co-host of “The Cycle.”
“The civil standard, which we all know is lower, and this kind of documentation coming from his own mouth — and Cosby’s lawyers aren’t disputing the accuracy — opens up, I think, a much stronger civil case," Melber explained.
In 2005 court documents for a lawsuit filed against him, Cosby testified he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with. He also admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.