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New revelations from Bill Cosby‘s decade-old court documents uncover his comments about sexual relationships with women and show that he was chastised by the plaintiff’s lawyer for his cavalier attitude.
The deposition, which has been obtained in full by The New York Times, dates from Sept. 29, 2005, with the performer speaking under oath in a sexual assault case brought by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who claimed he drugged and molested her. Excerpts from the deposition went public earlier this month after a judge agreed to unseal the court findings.
At one point, Cosby explained that he is able to detect nonverbal cues from women as signs that they are giving their consent for sex. “I think I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them,” Cosby said.
Constand’s lawyer, Dolores M. Troiani, chided Cosby for his demeanor during the proceedings. “I think you’re making light of a very serious situation,” she said, with Cosby responding: “That may very well be.”
The actor, who has been married to Camille Cosby since 1964, discussed the time he spent at his home with Constand, whom he met in the early 2000s.
He described inviting Constand over for a meal, where he served cognac and lit a fire. “I take her hair and I pull it back, and I have her face like this,” he said. “And I’m talking to her … And I talked to her about relaxing, being strong. And I said to her, come in, meaning her body.” He said that they were mere inches apart but did not kiss, as he sensed that she did not want to.
He added that, the next time they met for dinner, they had a “sexual moment,” although he said it did not involve full intercourse. The furthest their relationship got was “playing sex, we’re playing, petting, we’re playing,” Cosby said.
The pair remained friends for several years, until Constand alleged that the actor drugged her and sexually assaulted her. Later, Constand’s mother spoke to Cosby on the phone and was upset about what her daughter claimed Cosby had done. In an effort to convey that their sex was consensual, Cosby told Constand, “Tell your mother about the orgasm. Tell your mother how we talked.”
Cosby also said he offered to help pay for Constand’s college courses in order to discourage Constand and her mother from speaking publicly about him. Previously, he had offered money to Therese Serignese, whom he met in Las Vegas in 1976, to reward her for good grades. Serignese, along with two other women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault, is currently suing him for defamation.
Cosby added about Constand’s claims against him: “I think Andrea is a liar, and I know she’s a liar because I was there. I was there.” He said he gave Constand one and a half Benadryl tablets, after which they kissed and had sexual contact, although Troiani claimed he gave her a stronger drug. In the deposition, Cosby does admit to giving Quaaludes to women in the 1970s for the purposes of having sex with them.
Cosby described hiding his behavior from his wife. He said he gave money to his agent to deliver to a woman, in order to ensure “Mrs. Cosby” stayed in the dark.
Cosby was asked about a model named Beth Ferrier, whom he knew in the ‘80s. He admitted to having asked her about her career and her father, who had died of cancer. “Did you ask her those questions because you wanted to have sexual contact with her?” Troiani asked Cosby, who replied, “Yes.” Ferrier has alleged that Cosby drugged her and that she was partially undressed when she awoke.
The comedian described sexual encounters with at least five different women in cities including New York, Las Vegas and Denver.
Thirteen different women were prepared to come forward in the court case to allege sexual assault against Cosby, but he settled out of court with Constand before they could present their claims.
In a statement to ABC News on July 6, following the initial excerpt from the deposition going public, Cosby’s rep said: “The only reason Mr. Cosby settled was because it would have been embarrassing in those days to put all those women on the stand, and his family had no clue. That would have been very hurtful.”
Dozens of women have publicly come forward since late 2014 with allegations of sexual abuse against Cosby, who has denied some of the claims and declined to comment on others.
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