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Cosby admitted he paid women after sex to keep his affairs secret

Alan Martin

Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, comedian and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia. Cosby says he paid women after having sex with them and went to great lengths to hide his behavior and the payments from his wife, The New York Times reported Saturday, July 18, 2015, after obtaining a copy of a transcript from a deposition Cosby gave a decade ago. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, comedian and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia. Cosby says he paid women after having sex with them and went to great lengths to hide his behavior and the payments from his wife, The New York Times reported Saturday, July 18, 2015, after obtaining a copy of a transcript from a deposition Cosby gave a decade ago. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Troubled entertainer Bill Cosby admitted he paid women after sex to keep the affairs from his wife, and called one of his accusers a liar.

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The ‘New York Times’ reported the revelations after obtaining a copy of sworn evidence from a deposition Cosby gave a decade ago.

The comedian, now 78, was giving evidence under oath in a 2005 lawsuit by a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who says he drugged and molested her.

According to excerpts from the deposition released a month ago, Cosby admitted he procured sedatives with the intent of giving them to young women with whom he wanted to have sex.

The ‘Times’ reports that Cosby told lawyers for Andrea Constand, who brought the suit, that he was a “pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic, sexual things”, according to the transcript.

He said he offered to pay for Ms Constand’s education and paid another woman whom he had met in 1976. He also admitted he funnelled money to some of the women through his agent so his wife would not find out.

Although Ms Constand never sought any money from Cosby, the comedian said he thought his wife would have known he was helping her with furthering her education but said: “My wife would not know it was because Andrea and I had had sex.”

Cosby has denied accusations made by dozens of women who claim he sexually assaulted them. He has never been charged with a crime.

At points during the deposition, Cosby also described his sexual encounters with the women in detail.

The deposition also paints Cosby as emotionally charming, but he also spoke about disregarding relationships to pursue other women.

He suggested he was skilled at understanding women and non-verbal cues signalling sexual consent.

Cosby, who has been married since 1964, said he sparked a relationship with Ms Constand in the early 2000s and invited her to his house and had conversations about her family and plans for future education.

The relationship between the two continued for several years until, Ms Constand says, Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Pennsylvania home.

Cosby said during the deposition that Ms Constand was “a liar”.

Although Cosby painted himself as sensitive to Ms Constand, he told her lawyer: “I think Andrea is a liar and I know she’s a liar because I was there,” when he was asked how he felt about Ms Constand crying during her deposition in the case.

Thirteen women gave anonymous sworn statements during the 2005 lawsuit, supporting Ms Constand’s claims with their own stories of molestation at Cosby’s hands. The suit was settled out of court.

He also presented the secrecy surrounding his extra-marital sex-life as evidence of his chivalry. “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.

In his testimony Cosby explained how, during the 1970s, he asked his representatives to send $5,000 to one young woman, which he later reimbursed, so that his wife would not find out about their relationship.

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