New details from Andrea Constand’s civil suit against Bill Cosby emerged this weekend, further painting Cosby as a calculating and cynically predatory philanderer amidst increasing evidence of his guilt in the multitudinous allegations of sexual assault against the entertainer.
After The New York Times successfully obtained more information from the 2005 deposition that has been the source of so much scrutiny (mainly over the reveal that Cosby knowingly gave Quaaludes to women with whom he wanted to have sex), they broke the news on Saturday that Cosby had intentionally manipulated and seduced several women who had accused him of sexual assault and rape. Among the details revealed:
He faked interest in one young actress’s father’s bout with cancer as a means of earning her trust
He took severe precautions to make sure that news of his indiscretions wouldn’t reach the public or his wife, including blocking at least one magazine article and giving money to one woman through his agent
He took an interest in Andrea Constand’s career and was notably annoyed with her that she wouldn’t take any of his advice
Through it all, Cosby came off looking callous, indicating that he didn’t take the accusations seriously:
At one point in the first day of questioning, Dolores M. Troiani, the lawyer for the plaintiff in the case, Andrea Constand, a young woman who worked at Temple University as a basketball manager, seemed struck by Mr. Cosby’s jocular manner.
“I think you’re making light of a very serious situation,” she said, to which Mr. Cosby replied: “That may very well be.”
You can read the whole story over at The New York Times.