What We Learned From the Newly Revealed Cosby Deposition

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Bill Cosby admitted using drugs, fame for seduction.

NEW YORK — 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. Bill Cosby testified that he paid at least one woman he had sex with, and routed the payment through his agent so his wife wouldn’t find out, according to deposition documents published Saturday. The New York Times 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. The Times reports that Cosby told lawyers for Andrea Constand, who brought the suit, that he was a “pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things,” according to the transcript. Cosby made the sickening boasts as he was grilled by a lawyer for plaintiff Andrea Constand, a young woman who worked as a basketball manager at Temple University. Even as Cosby denied he is a sexual predator who assaulted many women, he presented himself in the deposition as an unapologetic, cavalier playboy, someone who used a combination of fame, apparent concern and powerful sedatives in a calculated pursuit of young women – a profile at odds with the popular image he so long enjoyed, that of father figure and public moralist. The excerpts published by The Times say Cosby told a questioner that he planned to write a personal check instead of using a foundation to help pay for the education of Andrea Constand, the woman who later sued him in the Pennsylvania court and alleged that he molested her in 2004.

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.” 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. Although Cosby painted himself as sensitive to Constand, he told her attorney, “I think Andrea is a liar and I know she’s a liar because I was there,” when he was asked how he felt about Constand crying during her deposition in the case. The AP generally doesn’t name people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they agree to have their names published, as Constand has done.

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. The federal judge unsealed portions of that deposition on July 6 because ofthe “stark contrast” between Cosby’s public persona the allegations against him. The parties have been prohibited from releasing the memorandum because of a confidentiality clause that was part of the settlement agreement, but the deposition itself was never sealed. This month, Constand’s lawyer asked the court to lift the confidentiality clause so her client would be free to release the nearly 1,000-page deposition transcript.

Since then, more than 25 women have publicly accused Cosby of raping or assaulting them over the past 40 years, often alleging he gave them some sort of drug without their knowledge. The Times said: “To him, he said, the act of sexual intercourse ‘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.’ As far as he and Ms. At times he described becoming frustrated after Constand failed to follow his advice, such as when he wanted her to pursue her interest in sports broadcasting by calling someone and she did not. “Here’s a mentor, Bill Cosby, who is in the business, Bill Cosby, who happens to know something about what to do and Andrea is not picking up on it,” he said. During the call, Cosby told the deposing lawyers, he wanted Constand to tell her mother “about the orgasm” so that she would realise it was consensual. “Tell your mother about the orgasm. Years earlier, he offered to reward another woman, Therese Serignese, whom he had met at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1976, with money as a bonus for good grades.

In the court case, 13 women came forward with anonymous sworn statements to support Constand, saying that they, too, had been molested in some way by Cosby. But they never had a chance to pursue their claims in court because, six months after the fourth and final day of his deposition, Cosby settled the case with Constand on undisclosed terms.

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