A newly released deposition from 10 years ago reveals in detail the techniques Bill Cosby would use to seduce young women at the height of his career.
In the deposition, which was given in 2005 in response to a molestation lawsuit filed against Cosby and recently obtained by the New York Times, Cosby says he was able to obtain consent from the women he slept with by picking up on nonverbal cues. "I think I'm a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them," the comedian said.
Though Cosby has not been charged with any crimes, nearly 50 women have come forward with accusations that he plied them with drugs in order to have sex with them. In addition, three civil suits have been filed against him.
During one "intimate dinner" with the plaintiff in the case, Cosby described his actions: "I take her hair and I pull it back and I have her face like this," he said, as reported by the Times. "I talked to her about relaxing, being strong. And I said to her, 'Come in,' meaning her body."
Cosby also said he refrained from having sexual intercourse with many of the women he was interested in because he did not want them to fall in love with him. Instead, he described his encounters as "We're playing, petting."
The plaintiff contends that she had a relationship with Cosby for years until one night when she says he gave her drugs. When her mother confronted Cosby about it, he says that he wanted the woman to "tell your mother about the orgasm. Tell your mother how we talked." He later offered to help pay for the woman's college education in order to stop them from going public.
In one exchange, as reported by the Times, the plaintiff's lawyer tells Cosby, "I think you're making light of a very serious situation," to which Cosby replies, "That may very well be."
Cosby admits to giving Quaaludes to women and, in regards to one of the women who has filed a defamation suit against him, says "I don't know" when asked if she was in a position to consent to sex.
Cosby's deposition in the case was sealed until now because he and the plaintiff settled out of court under undisclosed terms.