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In His Own Words: How Bill Cosby Used Fame, Drugs, And Lies To Lure His Young Victims

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More damning information about Bill Cosby surfaced Saturday with the publication of previously undisclosed testimony in which the actor himself describes how he took sexual advantage of young women.

In stunning detail, the disgraced 78-year-old television icon describes how he used his fame, drugs, and manipulation to ensnare women to satisfy his sexual whims, according to The New York Times.

Sometimes he would offer himself as a confidant, at one point consoling a young woman whose parent was dying of cancer. Other times he lured young women into his hotel room and still other times he offered himself up as a mentor, the report says.

In one instance, Cosby spoke about model Beth Ferrier, who he met in the ’80s, and how they talked about her career and her father, who had just died. When questioned, Cosby admitted that he had feigned concern for Ferrier “because [he] wanted to have sexual contact with her.”

All the while, Cosby said he went to great lengths to hide his actions from his wife, Camille, who has adamantly and vocally stood by her husband’s side since the scandal erupted.

Cosby’s account of his behavior was contained in testimony given over four days of questioning 10 years ago at a Philadelphia hotel. He was defending himself in a deposition for a lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand, who worked at Temple in Philadelphia, and accused him of drugging and molesting her, the report says.

The report by The New York Times comes weeks after another report quoted Cosby from the same deposition acknowledging that he purchased sedatives to give to women who he wanted to have sex with. Cosby stopped short of admitting that he drugged women to take advantage of them, saying that “young people were using [them] to party … I wanted to have them just in case.” But when asked if one woman, who he said he had sex with in 1976 after giving her Quaaludes, was able to consent to their encounter that night while on drugs, Cosby said, “I don’t know.”

He also revealed that he paid hush money to Constand and another victim whom he met in 1976. Doing that often involved a number of tactics to keep his wife from becoming suspicious, Cosby admitted. In at least one case, Cosby had his agency, the William Morris Agency, cut a check to a woman he allegedly drugged. Cosby then reimbursed the agency. Asked who he hoped to prevent from knowing about the payment, Cosby replied, “Mrs. Cosby.”

In a particularly disturbing passage of the deposition, Cosby describes in part why he viewed sex with Constand as consensual:  “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.”

Rape. That’s what we call them.



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