Bill Cosby’s Deposition Transcript Reveals Cavalier Attitude About Rampant “Womanizing”

The New York Times has obtained the full, four-day, 1000-page transcript of Bill Cosby’s deposition in that 2005 sexual assault lawsuit, and WELP, it’s as damning as you might imagine. Cosby admits to a long history of what he considers “philandering” and “womanizing,” including in cases where he gave women drugs (consensually and with their knowledge, he swears!) in order to aid his “seduction.” He describes with disturbing banality a multitude of sexual “affairs” with young women, whom he lured in with offers of mentorship and faux concern, and then went to great lengths to hide from his wife Camille.

Cosby never admits to raping anyone, including Andrea Constand, the Temple University basketball manager who filed the lawsuit and accused him of sexual abuse (she settled in 2006) – but it’s clear that Cosby’s approach to procuring sex was to do so through any means necessary. That includes manipulation, offers of mentorship and advice, financial rewards and, yes, weakening their mental and physical resolve through drugs and alcohol — the latter of which is RAPE, whether Cosby sees it that way or not. As for his outlook on consent? “I think I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them,” he said. Yeah, 40+ women say otherwise, cretin.

Later in the transcript, Cosby is asked whether Therese Serignese, another accuser, was in a position to consent to sexual intercourse after he gave her quaaludes in 1976. “I don’t know,” reads his reply, but the subtext is “I don’t care.”

The Times summarizes much of Cosby’s testimony as one of a “unapologetic, cavalier playboy” who “comes across as alternately annoyed, mocking, occasionally charming and sometimes boastful, often blithely describing sexual encounters in graphic detail.” Cosby made his move on one young woman by feigning interest in her father’s cancer diagnosis.

But Cosby also still tries to portray himself as a good guy, according to the Times, “worthy of trust” and “chivalrous in his desire to never tell others about the women with whom he had sex,” as if he wants a pat on the back from not kissing and telling about drugging and raping women once they were impairedAfter Constand’s mother found out about what he had done to her daughter, Cosby said he was worried that she would see him as a “dirty old man” and, notes the Times, urged Constand “to tell her mother ‘about the orgasm’ so that she would realize it was consensual.”

What’s clear to me is that Cosby sees women’s bodies as something he has a right to possess, that he has an utterly unfeeling attitude towards a woman’s right to bodily autonomy. While it’s possible that Cosby doesn’t think of himself as a rapist, he certainly shows that he does not care what impact his actions have on the many, many women he has marked over the years. With the release of this lengthy deposition, and Cosby’s own admittance to behavior that is at best disgustingly creepy and at worst is RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE, I cannot imagine a way for Cosby to dig himself out of this hole.

“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 at one point in the deposition. Oh yes, Bill Cosby, we HAVE heard from them, and now we’ve heard from you too and the chicken has come home to roost.

[NY Times]