New Details From Cosby Deposition Paint Cosby As Would-Be Sexual Svengali
The Washington Post has new details from the Cosby deposition, fully revealing the depth of his creepiness. The previously unpublished excerpts detail a man who coldly used his power, fame and considerable influence to select women that fit a specific type. We learn that he preferred “fashion models”, ““financially not doing well,” and from out of town. He would treat them to “a very, very good meal, probably better than anything they’ve had the time that they’re in New York”. This would be a “present”, according to the deposition.
Cosby positioned himself as a mentor, financial benefactor and guide to these women, while maintaining a public persona as a beloved comedian and entertainer. He created elaborate and extensive workarounds to funnel money to the women he was involved with. He offered Therese Serignese, one of his accusers, $500 for every A she earned in nursing school. He made various offers to other women to pay them hush money to keep the details of their sexual relations secret from his wife, Camille.
He employs narrative devices to perhaps further justify his sexual encouters to himself. From the deposition:
Cosby conjures his own vernacular to describe his sexual encounters, and when recalling a night with Constand, he calls himself “one of the greatest storytellers in the world.” At one point, he seems to map a woman’s body, as if he were a sexual cartographer, speaking of the “question zone” (her stomach, just above the top of her pants) and a place “somewhere between permission and rejection” (between her legs).
We also get a view into his progressive opinions on male and female relations.
Cosby’s personal code of conduct dictates that he not kiss and tell, he says. He learned as a boy that girls always say, “Please, don’t tell anybody.” But as an adult, he says, he’s learned that women are “the first people to go and tell somebody after something has happened.”
Sexual intercourse — “penile entrance” — causes personal attachments to form quickly, he warns in the deposition.
“The act of the penile entrance is something that I feel the woman will succumb to more of a romance and more of a feeling, not love, but it’s deeper than a playful situation.”
There’s an awful lot more over at the Post and most of it is stomach-churningly awful. It should be interesting to see how this plays out, now that his words — full of horrible, strange, demented detail — are exposed.