Cosby detailed womanizing under oath
Under oath in a hotel — away from the TV cameras and the soapbox where he did his public moralizing — Bill Cosby sketched a very different image of America’s Dad: a philanderer who plied young women with quaaludes, claimed to be adept at reading their unspoken desires and used his wealth to keep “Mrs. Cosby” in the dark.
The portrait comes from Cosby’s own words in a transcript of a 2005-06 deposition taken in Philadelphia that represents the only publicly available testimony he has given in response to accusations he drugged and sexually assaulted women. Cosby has denied the allegations, calling the sexual contact consensual.
There’s no clear-cut evidence in the documents that he committed a sex crime, but his testimony adds to the unsavoury details that have all but wrecked his nice-guy reputation as TV’s Dr. Cliff Huxtable and made a mockery of his preaching about decency and personal responsibility.
The transcripts, obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday, are from a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee who accused the actor and comedian of drugging and molesting her. Earlier this month, a judge unsealed a summary of the deposition as a result of a lawsuit from the AP. The New York Times was the first to obtain the entire transcript.
He told of how he tried to gain women’s trust and make them comfortable by talking about their families, their education and their career aspirations.
In the deposition, Cosby said that on one occasion, he and Temple’s Andrea Constand engaged in sexual contact, in which he reached into her pants and fondled her, taking her silence as consent.
“I don’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped,” he said. He said she then groped him in return.
Later that night, he said, he tried to resume contact with her, but she said no, and “I pull back.”
He said that he avoided intercourse with her, suggesting he was afraid she would become too attached. He said 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.”
He said Constand was not upset when she left that night, and he assured his questioner: “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’s lawyers and representatives did not respond Sunday to email and telephone calls.
The 78-year-old comic has never been charged with a crime. In most cases, the statute of limitations has run out, though at least one case, from 2008, is still under investigation in Los Angeles.
In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington.