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The New York Times obtained a copy of the transcript from Bill Cosby’s deposition from the 2005/2006 civil suit brought against him by Andrea Constand, and unsurprisingly, Cosby does not come out looking great.

While Cosby obviously doesn’t admit to being a rapist, he does admit to being a serial philanderer who would lie to and manipulate women into having sex with him, often times while they were under the influence of Quaaludes.

When asked to describe his relationship with Constand, Cosby claimed that he simply attempted to woo her over a long period of time. As he explained it, one time after they had dinner they had a “‘sexual moment’ short of intercourse.” Cosby also claimed that he tried not to have full on intercourse with women because it “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.” This would not be the only time Cosby would wax philosophic on the inherent differences in post-coital behavior between men and women:

I am a man, the only way you will hear about who I had sex with is from the person I had it with.

Q. Why is that?

A. When I was a boy it was a thing that girls used to say, please don’t tell anybody. But it is something that I’ve learned as you grow older that they’re the first people to go and tell somebody after something has happened.

Constand claims that after knowing each other for a few years, one night Cosby gave her what he claimed was Benadryl, and then they had “sexual contact.” Constand, her lawyer, and her mother all believe what Cosby gave her was something much stronger than Benadryl. Sometime later, Cosby had a phone conversation with Constand’s mother, after Constand had moved back to Canada, which leads to one of the grosser phrases of the deposition, “Tell your mother about the orgasm. Tell your mother about how you talked.” This is what Cosby claimed was his inner-monologue while speaking with Constand’s mother, apparently under the impression that orgasms = consent (they don’t).

Cosby also offered this up as evidence that all his encounters were consensual:

I walk her out. She does not look angry. She does not say to me, don’t ever do that again. She doesn’t walk out with an attitude of a huff, because I think that I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them.

So, since he didn’t notice anything was wrong, obviously everything was fine.

Cosby would eventually offer to pay for Constand’s education, which he claims he did because he was afraid they would try to embarrass him. If you will recall, this was also the same reasoning Cosby’s lawyer used to try to keep this deposition sealed in the first place. That it would be embarrassing.

Some of the most damming testimony from Cosby comes from questions regarding his use of Quaaludes. Cosby admitted that he obtained Quaaludes several times from a doctor, claiming they were for back pain, but that the doctor almost certainly knew they would not be used for that purpose:

Q. You testified that he knew you were not going to take them. And I’d like to — explain your answer. How did he know that, or why do you say he knew that?

A. What was happening at that time was that that was — Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case.

When asked about an incident in Las Vegas in 1976 which involved a woman named Therese Serignese, Cosby said she willingly took Quaaludes and had consensual sex with him. He was asked bluntly if he though given her level of intoxication whether she was even able to consent, Cosby responded “I don’t know.”

Cosby also says that he himself never took Quaaludes and that he does not drink.

Q. Why didn’t you ever take the Quaaludes?

A. Because I used them.

Q. For what?

A. The same as a person would say have a drink.

So, you have a person who won’t take the drugs himself, but instead offers them up to others so that they will be less able to object to a sexual interaction.

Cosby also says that everyone he ever gave drugs to took them knowingly and willingly. This goes against the claims of many women, including Serignese, who claim they were drugged unknowingly, sometimes in their coffee from Cosby’s own coffee machine.

Less damming in a legal sense, but certainly proving the Cosby was far from the moral arbiter he posed as, is his admittance that he would pretty much prey on women and then discard them once he got tired of them, all while he was married.

Q. What was your relationship with her?

A. We had sex and we had dinners and sex and rendezvous.

Q. What are rendezvous?

A. Rendezvous is when you call somebody and say, do you want to be at such and such and they say yes and you go there.

Q. Is there sexual contact associated with the rendezvous?

A. There was with Beth every time.

Q. Where did these rendezvous occur?

A. I don’t remember.

Q. Do you know the cities?

A. Denver for sure.

Q. Do you know if any of the rendezvous happened in New York City?

A. I don’t remember.

Q. How did it end with her?

A. Stopped calling for rendezvous.

Q. You stopped?

A. Yes.

Q. Why?

A. Just moving on.

Q. What does that mean?

A. Don’t want to see her anymore.

Q. You said just moving on. What did you mean by that?

A. Changing.

Q. Had you decided to stop having extramarital affairs?

A. No.

So, at worst, and most likely, Bill Cosby is a serial rapist who may or may not be (but probably is) aware that what he’s doing is rape. At worst, he’s a predatory womanizer and cheater, which wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if he hadn’t pretended to be the perfect family man and husband for all those decades telling other people that they’re bad parents raising their kids wrong.

 

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