4 revelations from the newly released Bill Cosby sex assault deposition
The revelations from a 2005-2006 lawsuit against Bill Cosby continue to paint a grim picture for the comedian hit with a number of sexual assault allegations.
On Saturday, the New York Times released excerpts from a deposition from a 2005 and 2006 lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who alleges Cosby drugged and assaulted her. In recent months, more than 45 women have accused Cosby, 77, of sexual misconduct dating back to the late 1960s.
Already made public from the deposition was Cosby’s admission to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with and to giving them to at least one woman. New details from the deposition of the actor known for his role as the patriarch on the beloved 1980s NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show,” show much more.
Here are four takeaways from the newly released deposition:
1. Cosby’s views on consensual sex
In the deposition, Cosby said sex with Constand was consensual, calling himself a “pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things.”
In describing the sexual encounter, he said Constand did not “look angry. She does not say to me, don’t ever do that again.”
2. Cosby’s Quaaludes count: Seven
Cosby said he had seven prescriptions from a Los Angeles doctor for Quaaludes in the 1970s. Though he said he never took the Quaaludes, he kept them around “just in case.”
They “happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with.” When asked what he used the Quaaludes for, he said “the same as a person would say have a drink.”
3. Cosby did not play nice during the case
At one point during the case, Dolores Troiani, the lawyer for the plaintiff, asked Cosby if he would agree that one of the alleged assault victims was 19 when he was “around 39, 40.”
The comedian replied: “Do the math.”
She later asked him: “What do you think about?” to which he replied, “Am I allowed to think?”
4. Cosby hid his affairs from his wife
Bill and Camille Cosby have been married since 1964. During the deposition, Cosby described the great lengths he went to hide his various affairs from his wife.
He said he once planned to hide sexual relations with Constand by “writing a check” to pay for her education.
“My wife would not know it was because Andrea and I had had sex and that Andrea was now very, very upset and that she decided that she would like to go to school or whatever it is. We can get back on track. ... I would say to [my wife] that there is a person I would like to help.”
He also admitted to giving a $5,000 payment through his agent at William Morris Agency to Therese Serignese, another woman who alleges she was drugged and taken advantage of by Cosby.
“Who were you preventing from knowing [that you were paying the money to Theresa?]?” the lawyer asked.
He replied: “Mrs. Cosby.”
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