Bill Cosby, the comedian who once wore the title of “America’s Favorite Dad,” believes himself to be a good reader of women’s nonverbal cues when it comes to sex, according to information from a deposition obtained by The New York Times.
Cosby had tried to keep the deposition, taken from a 2005 case which was settled in 2006, under wraps, but it was only the associated memorandum that anyone was prohibited to discuss. The New York Times learned that the entire 1,000 page deposition was actually fully available from a court reporting service.
In the deposition, Dolores M. Troiani, lawyer for plaintiff Andrea Constand, had told Cosby he was making light of what were serious accusations, and Cosby acknowledged that was possibly the case. During the deposition, which occurred over the course of four days at a Philadelphia hotel, Cosby seemed at times boastful, at other times somewhat mocking, while he detailed his relationship with Constand, who later moved to Canada.
He admitted to spending time with the girls, being interested in personal details of their lives, and even offering some mentorship to them in order to further his sexual advances. In the case of Constand, he discussed details of her education and her growth in the comfort of his home over dinner, where over the course of months, he developed his relationship. Cosby said that at one point, he tipped Constand’s head back, but stopped short of kissing her because he did not believe she wanted him to do so. After some time, she pleasured him with lotion, he said.
At one point, Cosby admitted he spoke with Constand’s mother, saying he wanted to discuss with her the orgasm that her daughter had with him. Cosby admitted he did not want her mother to think of him as a “dirty old man.” He said he felt in doing so, she would then understand that their relationship with consensual in nature. Constand was later offered money by Cosby to help offset the cost of further education that she was pursuing; Cosby admitted he made the offer in an effort to prevent Constand and her mother from revealing details that might “embarrass” him later.
Over the last year, dozens of women have come forward, all with similar stories of how they were drugged and molested by Cosby. The accusations, which Cosby has deemed “fantastical,” have led to the cancellation of several stand-up performances and television projects that the comedian had lined up. During a January, 2015, show in London, Ontario, Canada, Cosby told a woman in the audience that she has “to be careful about drinking around (him),” a line that made the audience gasp audibly before several in the audience broke into applause. There were protests surrounding Cosby’s show, however, and one man was arrested during the show for calling Cosby a rapist during the show.
Director Judd Apatow has even come out against Cosby, questioning why Cosby’s alleged victims have yet to be solidly believed by the public at large. “Look at all these women finding the courage to say ‘Something really terrible happened to me’ and most of it fell on deaf ears,” he said.
Meanwhile, one of Cosby’s former co-stars has come out and said that Cosby definitely appears guilty. Joseph C. Phillips, who played Cosby’s on-screen son-in-law, Martin Kendall, has come out against his former idol.
Talk show host Whoopi Goldberg, who previously was vocal in her support of Cosby, seemed to backtrack on July 14.
The news about Cosby and his apparent sexual proclivities also has sparked conversations about the meaning of consent when it comes to sexual relations.
Curiously, Cosby‘s legal team has been silent over the last several days. However, some theorize that the embattled Cosby could be so defenseless in the court of public opinion that speaking out may not help at this point. As Dan Hill, president of crisis and reputation consultancy firm Ervin Hill Strategy, noted, “There is no benefit in speaking out now, and there is a risk because anything he says now can be held against him.”
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