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In an interesting twist, The Washington Post reports that Bill Cosby obtained prescriptions for the Quaaludes he planned to give women he wanted to have sex with from a women’s health doctor — a gynecologist named Leroy Amar. Amar reportedly prescribed the pills to several celebrities as a popular recreational drug for the “glitzy party people in the 1970s.” Cosby’s access to Quaaludes, or “disco biscuits” is raising questions after a 10-year-old deposition surfaced from a closed sexual-assault civil case in Pennsylvania. In the deposition, Cosby reported receiving seven prescriptions for the drugs, all from Amar, for a sore back. In the 2005 deposition, a lawyer asked Cosby, “Did he know when he gave you those prescriptions that you had no intention of taking them?” Cosby replied, “Yes.” When asked if Cosby believed it was illegal to dispense the drugs at that time, Cosby also replied, “Yes.” Amar who earned his medical degree from Howard University in 1963, spent his career moving between California, New York, and Maryland, dabbling in plastic surgery and botching procedures on occasion, and periodically losing his medical license. Meldon Hollis Jr., an attorney who formerly represented Amar said, “I would not doubt in a minute that Amar would sign a prescription to give anybody anything they wanted. That’s just the way he was.” Amar died in 2002 at age 71.
Read the full story at The Washington Post.