New Bill Cosby revelations are ‘devastating’

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‘This Was a Man She Trusted:’ Meet the Women Discussed in Bill Cosby’s Newly Released Deposition.

The New York Times posted a damaging story Saturday night citing Cosby’s full deposition of 10 years ago from a lawsuit filed by a woman who accused the star of drugging and molesting her. Out of the dozens of women who have come forward with detailed claims of the alleged abuse they suffered at the hands of Bill Cosby, a newly released deposition from a civil suit in 2005 has the comedian admitting to giving drugs and having sexual encounters with at least four of them.Under oath in a hotel — away from the TV cameras and the soapbox where he did his public moralizing — Bill Cosby sketched a very different image of America’s Dad: a philanderer who plied young women with quaaludes, claimed to be adept at reading their unspoken desires and tried to use his wealth to keep “Mrs. While Cosby denied he was a sexual predator who assaulted numerous women, he does come off as an unapologetic playboy willing to use any method to pursue and bed young women. “This deposition was particularly devastating,” says Howard Bragman, vice chairman of the online reputation management website Reputation.com. “It was bad before.

Some of these women, along with other accusers, originally opened up to PEOPLE in 2006, shedding their previous Jane Doe status in hopes of giving a voice to other victims. But anyone who had any doubts about Cosby’s actions gets it now.” Excerpts of the deposition were first obtained July 5 by The Associated Press, which reported Cosby testified in 2005 that he obtained Quaaludes with the intention of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with — and he gave the sedative to at least one woman and “other people.” “I’ve got to say all the information out there kind of points to guilt,” she said on The View, adding, “It looks bad, Bill.” Executives from Disney’s Hollywood Studios announced July 8 the theme park would remove a bronze bust of Cosby on display. They protect against assistants with tales to tell — even after they have left their positions — or prying journalists willing to pay for information.

The scandal took off in 2005 when Temple University basketball employee Andrea Constand went to the police with a complaint that Cosby had drugged her and forced her to touch him intimately. The Cosby Show actor describes seducing a young model by showing interest in her father’s cancer and promising women mentorship and career advice before pushing them for sex. While he asked his staff members to consent to a degree of confidentiality to prevent them from sharing what they knew about his personal life, it is not clear whether there was ever anything much for them to see. In his testimony, the comedian told of how he tried to gain women’s trust and make them comfortable by talking about their families, their education and their career aspirations.

At one point, he’s rebuked by the plaintiff’s attorney for his jocular attitude. “I think you’re making light of a very serious situation,” attorney Dolores M. There’s no clear-cut evidence in the documents that he committed a sex crime, but his testimony adds to the unsavory details that have all but wrecked his nice-guy reputation as TV’s Dr.

Asked whether he inquired about her recently deceased father in order to further his goal of having sex with her, Cosby answered “Yes.” Ferrier told PEOPLE in 2014 that she suspected Cosby had slipped something into her cappuccino. “I woke up in my car … with my clothes all a mess,” she said. “I was definitely drugged. Cosby responded, “That may very well be.” “It’s particularly the callousness and the way he discussed these women,” Bragman says. “(Cosby) didn’t take it seriously.

That’s the truly unforgivable takeaway of this deposition.” “Cosby’s testimony demonstrates how deceptive, manipulative and disgusting (he is),” Allred said in a statement. “It is no wonder that he fought to keep this deposition, which reveals his revolting predatory conduct, hidden from public view. Constand, who worked at Temple University as a basketball manager, out to the back porch of his home in Pennsylvania to avoid being spotted by his chef. “It’s not a solarium, it’s the back porch or side porch where Andrea is standing like this, because I turned her this way,” Mr. In the deposition, Cosby said that on one occasion, he reached into Temple employee Andrea Constand’s pants and fondled her, taking her silence as a green light. “I don’t hear her say anything.

But the truth is out now and it will never be hidden again.” The revelations aren’t likely to lead to legal prosecution against Cosby because of the time that has passed since the alleged crimes, says Steve Sitkoff, a Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney and former senior prosecutor with the Los Angeles District Attorneys office. Serignese was just 19 when she says Cosby invited her backstage after one of his shows in Las Vegas, where he allegedly offered her Quaaludes and raped her. “I felt powerless,” she told PEOPLE of her ordeal. Intercourse, he said, “is something that I feel the woman will succumb to more of a romance and more of a feeling, not love, but it’s deeper than a playful situation.” He said Constand was not upset when she left that night, and he assured his questioner: “I think I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them.” The 78-year-old comic has never been charged with a crime. I don’t have that memory.” Years after serving as Jane Doe #10 in the civil suit, Serignese said she’s still waiting on “an apology.” Along with these women, Cosby admitted to pursuing another 19-year-old who sent him a poem.

During the four days of questioning, Cosby and his lawyer often clashed with Constand’s attorney, with Cosby himself debating his questioner over the definitions of words. Cosby, however, testified that he gave her three half-pills of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl, telling her: “I have three friends for you to make you relax.” He denied assaulting her. Bruce Castor, the suburban Philadelphia prosecutor who declined to bring charges in the Constand case a decade ago, told the AP earlier this month that if he is elected again he will review the unsealed court documents to see if Cosby committed perjury. The AP generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they agree to have their names published, as Constand has done.

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