As a 13-year-old boy, Bill Cosby secretly sprinkled what he thought was an aphrodisiac on girls’ cookies. He wrote about it in a memoir and later joked about it on The Larry King Show. And he testified in 2005 that he had obtained Quaaludes to give to seduce young women.
“They’re never in the mood for us. … They need chemicals,” Cosby told his friends, he wrote in Childhood, his 1991 book.
Now, prosecutors want those references to drugging females shared with jurors at the entertainer’s sex-assault trial in June.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele cited the examples Thursday as he asked a judge to allow them as evidence at the trial. Steele’s filing comes two days after Cosby’s lawyers sought to exclude Cosby’s decade-old testimony about Quaaludes and other women.
A chapter of his book, called “Or Maybe It’s a Spanish Flea,” recounts the tale of attempting to secretly sprinkle a chemical on cookies to give to girls at a party when they were 13. The drug: “Spanish Fly, an aphrodisiac so potent that it could have made Lena Horne surrender to Fat Albert,” Cosby wrote.
“My style perhaps could have been smoother, but this, after all, was the first aphrodisiac I had ever pushed,” he recalled.
Cosby suggested the drug was perhaps his only chance with the girls.
“I understood sex, but I was still too short and thin to expect that any girl, no matter how much she liked my smile, would ever surrender to me anything more than her rotating shoulder blades,” he wrote.
Prosecutors said the book, alongside the 2005 deposition testimony about Quaaludes, proves Cosby’s knowledge of date-rape drugs.
“These excerpts also suggest that he had a willingness and motive to push ‘chemicals’ to obtain sex from the otherwise unwilling victim,” Steele wrote.
Prosecutors also cited Cosby’s reference to Spanish Fly in a 1991 interview with Larry King, when he called it something that every boy “from age 11 on up to death … will still be searching for,” according to a transcript of the interview.
“It don’t make a difference, and the girl would drink it and … ?” Cosby said to King.
“And she’s yours,” King responded.
“Hello, America!” Cosby replied.
A spokesman for Cosby declined to comment Thursday.