Bill Cosby on Consent in 2005 Deposition: I Can Read ‘Emotions in These Romantic Sexual Things’

by Jennifer Cady 7:37 PM PDT, July 18, 2015
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More shocking revelations continue to come out of the lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby in 2005.

The New York Times on Saturday posted further excerpts from Cosby's 1,000-page deposition in the civil suit filed by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who alleges he drugged and molested her.

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In the newly released material, the now-78-year-old comedian reveals why he believed their relations were consensual.

"I walk her out. She does not look angry. She does not say to me, don’t ever do that again," he told Constand's lawyer under oath during the four-day deposition. "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."

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The Times describes Cosby's manner throughout the deposition as "alternately annoyed, mocking, occasionally charming and sometimes boastful, often blithely describing sexual encounters in graphic detail." Cosby's attitudes towards sex and women were also highlighted when he was asked if he ever told anyone about his relations with Constand.

"I am a man, the only way you will hear about who I had sex with is from the person I had it with," he told Constand's lawyer.

When asked why, Cosby explains:

"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."

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In previous documents released earlier this month, which contain only excerpts from the deposition, Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes to give to "young women" he "wanted to have sex with."

The full deposition reveals that Cosby never took the drugs himself and mostly stopped drinking alcohol, except for the occasional glass of beer, when he was 16.

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Cosby has never been charged with a crime and maintains his innocence against the claims of sexual assault made by over two dozen women.

Constand's lawsuit against Cosby was settled in 2006, six months after his deposition, and the documents have remained sealed until this year due to a confidentiality clause.

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