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Bill Cosby deposition: 'I’m a decent reader of people in these romantic sexual things'

New details emerge from the transcript from the case involving a young Temple University employee

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New excerpts from Bill Cosby’s now-infamous court deposition have emerged that portray the comedian as an insolent philanderer who believed the sex he had with women whom he gave drugs was consensual.

According to the New York Times — which obtained the complete transcript after learning it was available through a court reporting firm — Cosby told the attorney for former Temple University employee Andrea Constand that he obtained prescriptions for Quaaludes in the ’70s under the guise that he had a sore back, though he suspected his doctor knew otherwise. “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,” according to the deposition.

Cosby, now 78, acknowledged giving the drugs to young woman in the same way “a person would say have a drink.” For Constand, who accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting her in his Pennsylvania home, Cosby said he gave her one and a half tablets of Benadryl to relieve stress, according to the deposition. Any sexual contact they had, Cosby said, was consensual.

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

When Constand’s mother reached out to Cosby after learning what happened to her daughter, the comedian worried about being seen as a “dirty old man” and hoped Constand would talk “about the orgasm” to prove their sex was consensual.

In other details from the deposition, Cosby referred to his conquests as “rendezvous” that occurred in locations like Denver, New York, Las Vegas and Pennsylvania. In one instance, he acknowledged showing interest in a woman by asking about her cancer-stricken father in hopes of having sex with her.

When Cosby wanted to end a relationship, he would describe it as “moving on.” When asked if that meant he wanted to stop having extramarital affairs, Cosby replied “no.” He also described himself as a person who doesn’t kiss and tell. “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 said.

In Constand’s court case, 13 women submitted anonymous sworn statements that echoed Constand’s complaint, but the women were never heard in court because the case was ultimately settled and the deposition was sealed.

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