After decades of sexual assault allegations, newly released court documents show that Bill Cosby admitted to seducing several women with drugs.
The questioning took place in 2005 and 2006, while Bill testified in a lawsuit that was filed by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. She accused him of sexually assaulting her at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004, which was revealed when part of the deposition was released earlier this month. (Various women have come forward since, claiming they were sexually assaulted by Bill as well.)
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In the documents, obtained by The New York Times, the 78-year-old admitted to having sexual relations with several women over an undisclosed period of time. He did, however, deny allegations of assault. He also revealed he had obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes over a two to three-year period back in the 1970s for a “sore back,” but gave them to women instead. He claimed to have only given Benadryl to Constand at the time.
In one part, Bill maintained that he knew his sexual relationship with Constand was consensual.
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"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," Cosby said, according to the Times.
At one point, Constand’s lawyer accused him of making light of the situation.
“I think you’re making light of a very serious situation,” the lawyer told Bill, to which the actor replied, “That may very well be.”
He later settled with Constand on undisclosed terms. His lawyer also previously argued that release of these documents would be “embarrassing” for his client.
Bill with Hugh Hefner. The comedian used to often visit the Playboy Mansion. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
According to the Times, Bill disclosed he had at least five sexual relationships — including one with model Beth Ferrier. He even admitted to discussing personal details of her life to lure her into having sex.
When asked if he asked her “those questions because you wanted to have sexual contact with her,” Bill replied, “Yes.”
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Though Bill admitted to giving women Quaaludes, he said each of them knew what they were taking when he offered the drug — as he says it’s “the same as a person would say have a drink.”
Bill with his wife, Camille. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The documents also show that his wife, Camille, knew about at least one affair that took place in 1997 — but Bill went to great lengths to keep the extramarital relationships off her radar, going as far to silence his partners with money. In one case, he even had his agent at the William Morris Agency send a check to a woman he allegedly drugged.
When asked who he didn’t want to know about the payment, he replied, “Mrs. Cosby.”
Bill — whose lawyer once called the accusations “utter nonsense” — has not been charged with sexual assault.