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Bill Cosby got Quaaludes from gynecologist for 'sore back'

NOV. 6, 2014 FILE PHOTOEvan Vucci/AP

Bill Cosby said he used Quaaludes with women for consensual sex only.

Bill Cosby got his Quaaludes from a Los Angeles gynecologist who had his medical license suspended in New York and two other states, according to a deposition.

Leroy Amar wrote the disgraced comedian seven prescriptions for the drug nicknamed “disco biscuits” for a sore back in the 1970s, Cosby said in a 2005 deposition obtained by the Washington Post.

“Did he know when he gave you those prescriptions that you had no intention of taking them?” a lawyer asked.

“Yes,” Cosby replied. The comedian later acknowledged he knew it was illegal for him to dispense the drugs to others.


Cosby is accused of using those Quaaludes to drug and sexually assault dozens of women — a charge he has repeatedly denied.

Amar, who died in 2001 at the age of 71, ran into trouble with medical boards in three states and the law.

“I would not doubt in a minute that Amar would sign a prescription to give anybody anything they wanted,” his former attorney Meldon S. Hollis Jr., who was disbarred for allegedly misappropriating Amar’s money, told the Post.

“That’s just the way he was. He was unscrupulous.”


But Amar put his foot down when he learned Cosby had allegedly drugged and groped Tamara Green, a singer who Amar had introduced to Cosby, Hollis said.

“In her presence, Amar confronted Cosby, almost coming to blows,” Hollis said. “He warned Cosby never to do anything like that again to Green.”

While it is not clear how Amar and Cosby met, they ran in the same circles in Hollywood. Cosby frequented “Club Bayou,” a private Los Angeles club Amar co-owned, according to the deposition.

Amar, who grew up in Louisiana, graduated from medical school in 1963 and did a residency at Harlem Hospital in New York. He was licensed in Maryland a year later.


Amar moved to Los Angeles in 1966. He began doing plastic surgery in 1974, and “his practice in the field developed quite rapidly,” according to disciplinary records obtained by the Daily News.

In 1979, Amar’s California license was revoked for prescribing “dangerous” drugs to patients without examining them and aiding a business partner who practiced medicine without a license, according to filings by the California medical board.

He was barred from practicing surgery for negligence and gross incompetence after numerous surgeries went terribly wrong, according to disciplinary documents.

One woman in Amar’s post-operative care developed a 102-degree fever and an infection after her breast implant ripped through her stitches. Another received just numbing agents during a surgery with Amar because no one was available to administer anesthesia.


Amar petitioned to have his license re-instated in 1981, but the board found he had “very serious shortcomings as a physician,” records show. In 1985, the board came around, offering him the chance to renew his license if he never practiced surgery again, among other conditions. But he failed to pay licensing fees.

In 1992, Amar made headlines in Maryland after a doctor who worked at one of his four Baltimore clinics was accused of raping multiple women. Leonard Harris also allegedly drugged and molested a patient and was a peeping tom, according to news reports from the time.

The same year, he was later placed on five years of probation in that state for allegations against him in California.

In 1995, his license was suspended for professional misconduct, according to documents.

New York medical authorities placed him on three years of probation after Amar pleaded guilty to federal income tax evasion in 1991 for cheating the government out of $ 76,778. He served 18 months of criminal probation.

He was also disciplined in New York for violating his Maryland probation by failing to serve enough community service hours, according to documents obtained by the Daily News.

Amar had not practiced medicine in New York in over 30 years by that time.

The Daily News’ attempts to reach Amar’s relatives were unsuccessful.

Cosby maintained he used the Quaaludes only in consensual sex.

He is seeking sanctions against Andrea Constand, who accused him of sexual assult, for allegedly releasing the deposition from a lawsuit that was supposed to be confidential.


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