Accuser’s Lawyer Says Cosby May Have Rare Sexual Disorder
The attorney of one of Bill Cosby’s accuser says the comedian may have a disorder called somnophilia.
What exactly is it? The simple explanation: “being aroused by the idea of having sex with someone sleeping,” whether actual sexual contact occurs or not, said Dr. Michael First, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.
To be clear: As far as is known, Cosby has not been diagnosed with this or any other psychological disorder. First has not treated the comedian, has no direct knowledge of him, and just discussed somnophilia in general.
The term came up Wednesday in a motion filed by a lawyer for Andrea Constand, the first woman to accuse the actor-comedian of sexual assault, seeking to force disclosure of more records in her previously settled case. Cosby acknowledged in a 2005 deposition in the case that was unsealed this week that he obtained Quaaludes to sedate women he wanted to have sex with.
“Although some of the women engaged in consensual relations with Cosby, their accounts substantiated defendant’s alleged predilection for somnophilia,” Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, wrote in the motion.