Bill Cosby Deposition: Payoffs, Drugs, and Calculation

'NYT' obtains entire 1K-page deposition from a decade ago
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2015 8:59 AM CDT
Bill Cosby Deposition: Payoffs, Drugs, and Calculation
In this 2014 file photo, Bill Cosby, who said in a 2005 deposition that he paid women after having sex with them and went to great lengths to hide his behavior from his wife.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

"He was not above seducing a young model by showing interest in her father’s cancer." Thus begins the latest damning blow to Bill Cosby, via a New York Times report on a deposition the comedian gave over the course of four days a decade ago before settling with Andrea Constand, who accused him of sexual assault. The report follows on the release of a 62-page memo released earlier this month in which Cosby acknowledged obtaining drugs for the purpose of slipping to women; the Times obtained the full 1,000-page deposition, which had apparently never been sealed. Excerpts:

  • Cosby told questioners he was a "pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them." The Times frames it much differently, saying that Cosby "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."

  • Cosby admitted to funneling money, often in the form of educational assistance, to some of his conquests in an effort to keep his wife in the dark.
  • Asked what he thought of Constand crying while testifying, Cosby replied, "I think Andrea is a liar and I know she's a liar because I was there." Confronted with Constand's upset mother, he testified that he wanted her to "tell your mother about the orgasm," as proof the encounter was consensual.
  • When asked whether one woman he had sex with in 1976 after giving her quaaludes was capable of consent, he responded, "I don't know."
  • When the plaintiff's lawyer accused Cosby of "making light of a very serious situation," he replied "that very well may be."
  • His catchphrase when ending one relationship to begin another: "Moving on."
The Times' whole report is here; ETOnline notes the deposition details Cosby's own drug and alcohol use. (More Bill Cosby stories.)

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