Bill Cosby testified that he paid at least one woman he had sex with, and routed the payment through his agent so his wife wouldn’t find out, according to deposition documents published Saturday.
Excerpts of the deposition, parts of which had been released by a judge earlier this month, were published Saturday by The New York Times.
Cosby, 78, has been accused by dozens of women of drugging and sexually assaulting them years ago. He was never criminally charged and he and his representatives have repeatedly denied the allegations. A Cosby representative declined to comment on the report Saturday night.
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The excerpts published by The Times say Cosby told a questioner that he planned to write a personal check instead of using a foundation to help pay for the education of Andrea Constand, the woman who later sued him in the Pennsylvania court and alleged that he molested her in 2004.
Asked how Cosby would explain the check to his wife, Camille, Cosby said “I would say to her that here is a person I would like to help,” he said.
Constand alleged in the suit that Cosby gave her pills in 2004 and said they were herbal supplements, but that she felt woozy shortly thereafter and was then molested. Cosby and Constand settled the case in 2006. Cosby called Constand a liar during the deposition, The Times reported.
Cosby also said he arranged for his agent to pay $5,000 to another woman who later came forward and said she was sexually assaulted, according to The Times, and Cosby then reimbursed the agent so his wife wouldn’t find out.
In the documents released earlier this month, Cosby said he obtained prescriptions for a powerful sedative to give to women he wanted to have sex with. The federal judge unsealed portions of that deposition on July 6 because of the “stark contrast” between Cosby’s public persona the allegations against him.
Cosby said in the deposition he viewed the relationship with Constand as consensual, according to The Times. “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,” he said, according to the newspaper.