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Bill Cosby Paid to Keep Affairs Secret: Deposition

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Bill Cosby Deposition Details How He Targeted Young Women.

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Cosby, in sworn testimony a decade ago, said he had paid women after sex to keep the affairs from his wife, suggested he was skilled at understanding nonverbal cues for sexual consent and called one of his accusers a liar. The New York Times first reported the revelations Saturday after obtaining a copy of a transcript from a deposition Cosby gave in a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee who alleges he drugged and molested her. According to excerpts from the deposition released a month ago, and first obtained by The Associated Press, Cosby admitted he procured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.

But in a twisted piece of logic, Cosby asked alleged victim Andrea Constand – once director of operations of Temple University’s women’s basketball team – to tell her mom about the sex. The Times, citing the transcript, reports that Cosby told lawyers for Andrea Constand, who worked at Temple in Philadelphia and brought the suit, that he was a “pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things.” He said he offered to pay for Constand’s education and paid another woman whom he had met in 1976. To convince her that he wasn’t a “dirty old man,” Cosby told Constand to reveal intimate details – so her mom would view their coupling as consensual, according to deposition testimony. “Tell your mother about the orgasm. Although Constand never sought any money from Cosby, the comedian said he figured his wife would have known he was helping her with furthering her education but said, “My wife would not know it was because Andrea and I had had sex,” according to the newspaper.

In the case of Andrea Constand, whose 2004 lawsuit against the comedian resulted in the deposition, she alleged that Cosby drugged her, but Cosby insisted in his testimony that he gave her “one and a half tablets of Benadryl.” During the deposition, Cosby was asked about his relationship with Beth Ferrier, who later accused the comedian of drugging her in the mid Eighties. Cosby admitted that early on in their relationship, he used the subject of Ferrier’s father dying of cancer as an entry to engage in “sexual contact” with her.

The second deposition transcript depicts Cosby as cultivating relationships with young women by acting as a mentor figure to them, spending time with them, and taking on a larger and larger role in their lives. Cosby, who has been married since 1964, said he sparked a relationship with Constand in the early 2000s and invited her to his house and had conversations about her family and plans for future education.

Constand’s lawyer had asked the court to release the 10,000-page deposition transcript to the public; in the meantime, the Times learned it was already publicly available through a court reporting service. Cosby said he filled seven prescriptions for Quaaludes over the course of two or three years in the 1970s — telling a Los Angeles doctor that he needed them for his sore back when his plan was to give them to women. But there’s a scene late in the movie when, caught kissing another character, his ex-con-turned-insect-controlling-good-guy Scott Lang starts to faux-blame the deed on his partner before gracefully skirting away. There’s also a childlike quality in his performances, too – few things in contemporary comedy are more glorious than seeing Rudd cutting loose and indulging in goofy accents. Some of his roles are Ruddier than other, however, so we’ve broken down his best-known parts (and some turns in a few under-the-radar gems), picked out their signature moments and rated them according to their sheer Ruddiness — the leading-man charm, the character-actor chops and the comedian’s ability to crack us up. (Never mind whether the movies are good, bad or ugly; we’re just looking at how much the role sticks to the actor’s strengths.) Ruddy or not, here we come.

Rudd is the love interest in Amy Heckerling’s update of Jane Austen’s Emma, set in a Beverly Hills high school — though for much of the film, we don’t know he’s the resident Mr. Cosby does admit to giving the drugs to women, saying “the same as any person would, say, have a drink,” but he claims to have only given them Quaaludes with their knowledge. But here’s where his casting pays dividends: The actor is so inherently likable that his innate decency shines through, despite Cher’s initial annoyance at him. As Andy, a hunky, spacy counselor, Rudd spends most of this hilarious spoof of Seventies and Eighties summer-camp movies making out with his fellow actresses. But that’s part of the joke: Even at this early stage of his career, the man was gaining a reputation as a professional nice guy, and watching him go over-the-top playing a jerk is actually sort of adorable.

Most Rudd-ian Moment: In contrast to his brother, who indulges in mile-a-minute American slang, Rudd’s character keeps trying to speak French throughout, and making a fool of himself. It’s one of the better early examples of the indie version of the Rudd effect — he adds nice touches throughout without ever overshadowing the modest proceedings. It’s a comedy of manners that then turns into a humiliation-driven satire, which in turn becomes a dead-serious (and controversial) volley of symbolic gunfire in the battle between the sexes. After some awkward back-and-forth, he actually joins her in decrying the “shoddy craftsmanship” of the artwork, particularly in regards to how the sculptor has covered the subject’s penis. Yep, it’s made with bits of real panther, so you know it’s good.” One of titular virgin’s fellow workers at the store SmartTech, Rudd is hilarious as Dave, a petulant, wounded man getting over a bad break-up years ago in the worst way possible.

The film is a surprisingly sweet romantic comedy in the guise of a sex romp – Steve Carell’s hapless Andy is initially just trying to get laid, then actually winds up finding a mature, happy relationship – and David’s character embodies that in his own twisted way: He is at once a swooning romantic and a profane cynic. And not just sex, but love, and relationships, and laughing, and cuddling…and all that shit?” In both of these Judd Apatow dramadies, Rudd plays the married, seemingly stable Pete, who offers a counterpoint to Seth Rogen’s stoner Ben. His performance utilizes both his comic charm and his more sincere side; he actually gets many of the film’s more poignant moments, helping ground it in human experience and regret. Along with his wife Debbie (Leslie Mann), Pete takes center stage in the filmmaker’s more straight-faced follow-up, which has the couple confronting their entrance into middle-age and trying to find ways to improve their marriage.

It’s an interesting example of Rudd’s ability to blend into both seriousness and zaniness while playing the same character in two tonally very different movies — and yet still fit right in. My hard-ons are still in analog, this shit’s digital!” A great line, but what makes this a supreme Paul Rudd moment is actually his wife’s response: “I don’t want a turbo penis. I like your medium soft one.” As a disgraced energy drink salesman who has to mentor an awkward, troubled teen (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) due to a court agreement, Rudd overcomes his hostility about his predicament and embraces his nerdy mentee’s fondness for fantasy and roleplay. He then gives an incomprehensible and offensive speech to a middle school auditorium, and proceeds to wreck the company truck as he tries to flee from getting towed.

The movie turns on our changing opinion of Segel’s character — going from admiration, to suspicion, to pity — and Rudd makes an ideal audience surrogate. Ned chickens out at having to sleep with the man, and immediately feels super-guilty and terrible about it. “Maybe I should have just…tried harder,” he laments the following day. Each is tempted by this lifestyle in his or her own way — but when his wife falls for the free-love-preaching leader of the commune (played by an impossibly game Justin Theroux), Rudd has to learn to fight for her. The two men are opposites: One wants to listen to German language lessons on their shared cassette player or enjoy the silence; the other younger man wants to rock out, have sex, and get drunk. The film makes deft use of Rudd’s sensitive persona but this time, instead of gentle comedy, it finds something brittle – a man determined to live inside his own mind.

Although he’s known mainly for his outrageous comedies at this point, Rudd has continued to do smaller, more character-driven indies throughout his career – including films like Diggers (2006) and All Is Bright (2013). He then goes up some (pretend) stairs and (pretend) open the door to her bedroom, then (pretend) apologetically retreating after finding out he’s (pretend) interrupted her during a (pretend) phone call. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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