The Washington Post reports Wednesday night, July 22, 2015, that like The New York Times before it, it has also reviewed Bill Cosby’s full deposition from a case that was settled back in 2006.
Writes the Post, “In more than 900 pages of deposition transcripts, a profile comes into focus of a man who for decades used his celebrity status to pursue women looking for mentors and eager for help in their careers.”
In a long article of about 2,300 words, The Post also says: “Prior to the deposition’s release, Cosby had rarely publicly addressed the claims of his accusers. Now his own words have provided a detailed excursion into the hidden life of a world-famous public figure.
“Cosby sketches the outlines of a loosely connected network of people he taps to directly or indirectly support his extramarital ‘rendezvous’ and keep sexual-assault accusations secret. Among those were lawyers who could quash unfavorable news stories or pressure media organizations and modeling agency directors who introduced him to women. There’s also a doctor who prescribes Quaaludes that Cosby admits to giving to one woman who later accused him of sexual assault, as well as to other women.
“Cosby’s deposition took place over four days in September 2005 and March 2006 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, an elegant spot on one of Philadelphia’s toniest squares. He was answering questions in a lawsuit alleging sexual assault filed by Andrea Constand, a former basketball operations manager at Temple University, where Cosby was a longtime member of the board of trustees and one of the university’s most public faces. The case was eventually settled, and the deposition did not become public until reports this month by the Associated Press and the New York Times. The Washington Post purchased a copy of the full deposition transcript from the court reporter.”
Cosby claims all of his sexual encounters with women were consensual.
The Post writes about one encounter in particular from the deposition:
“Cosby says he got prescription Quaaludes in the 1970s from Leroy Amar, a Los Angeles doctor who is now dead, ostensibly to treat a bad back. When asked, the comedian acknowledges that he got the powerful drug to give to women he ‘wanted to have sex with.’ But Cosby says he gave Quaaludes to only one of the Jane Does: Therese Picking, a young woman he met backstage at a club in Las Vegas in 1976 and says he had sex with her that same night.
“’She became in those days what we called high,’ he says.
“Asked whether she was ‘unsteady,’ Cosby says, ‘Yes.’
“Picking, whose last name is now Serignese, has an ongoing defamation lawsuit against Cosby. She has said that she was not able to consent to intercourse because of the effects of the drug. Cosby says he doesn’t know whether she was in a position to consent.”
The Post also prints the following from the deposition about this incident. The questions are from attorney Dolores Troiant. The answers are from Cosby:
Q: She said she believes she was not in the position to consent to intercourse after you gave her the drug. Do you believe that is correct?
A: I don’t know.
Q: Why don’t you know
A: This is her statement. I don’t know. How many years ago are we talking about?
On Wednesday morning one of Cosby’s newest attorneys, Monique Pressley, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and addressed some the issues Cosby has about the public release of the deposition. Here’s the video: