Despite his several attempts to delay the inevitable, Bill Cosby is currently in a Pennsylvania court for his first pretrial hearing awaiting his possible conviction. He could serve up to 10 years in prison as he faces three counts of felony indecent assault from a case dating back to 2004, which relates to Andrea Constand.
The judge is to conclude whether the amount of evidence presented by the prosecution is sufficient enough to move on to a criminal trial. The complicated circumstances of this trial have recently shifted as excerpts of Bill Cosby's 2005 and 2006 deposition have surfaced, affirming sexual encounters with teenagers among other things.
Constand was the first woman to publicly accuse Cosby of sexual assault after a visit to his Philadelphia home in 2004 that went terribly wrong. Constand, the former basketball coach at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, considered Cosby to be her mentor and nothing else. However, she alleges that her gave her pills and wine, leaving her practically unconscious and in no state to give consent.
Although she went to the police, Constand was declined the opportunity to charge Cosby after authorities cited "insufficient credible and admissible evidence." While a civil settlement was reached by both parties in 2006, the case was eventually reopened due to the increasing amount of evidence and accusers who stepped forward with their own similar encounters.
Since Cosby was told he would not be prosecuted, he sued Constand last February on the grounds that she violated the terms of their settlement. Meanwhile, Cosby continues to deny all allegations, despite being arraigned in December and released on $1 million bond.
The deposition excerpts reveal Cosby's confessions to hosting Constand in 2004, to making confidential payments to former lovers, to being sent models by an agency on a weekly basis, and to giving drugs and alcohol to women –some under-age – before engaging in sexual conduct. The questioning involved in these depositions are made on behalf of Andrea Constand's lawyer at the time, Dolores Troiani.
Cosby claimed Andrea came to his house willingly after he called her to talk about Temple University and her position. That's when he got her three pills, which she took after examination after complaining about stress. Then Cosby described the sexual encounter that followed:
"Troiani: So, you’re not telling us that you verbally asked her for permission?
Cosby: I didn’t say it verbally, I said. The action is my hand on her midriff, which is skin. I’m not lifting any clothing up. This is, I don’t remember fully what it is, but it’s there and I can feel. I got her skin and it’s just above the hand and it’s just above where you can go under the pants.
Troiani: Then what happens?
Cosby: I don’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped."
Cosby was prescribed by his doctor the now-banned drug referred to as Quaalude – even though he didn't take them. Part of his reasoning for not taking them was that they made him sleepy and he used them for other people in the same way that one would offer another a drink.
"Troiani: When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?
Cosby described an encounter dating back to 1976 with Therese Serignese, who was 19 at the time. After admitting to giving her drugs, he added that he did not know if she was "in the position to consent to intercourse." He described the situation as follows:
"Troiani: She said that she believes she was not in the position to consent to intercourse after you gave her the drug. Do you believe that is correct?
Cosby: I don’t know. ... How many years ago are we talking about? 197(6)? ... I meet Ms. Picking in Las Vegas. She meets me backstage. I give her quaaludes. We then have sex."
Bill Cosby eventually elaborated on his methods of disguising his payments to Therese Serignese through his representatives at the William Morris Agency.
Cosby confessed that an agency would send over "five or six" models each week to his studio while filming one of his sitcoms. He supposedly gave the young struggling actresses "a very, very good meal." While he recalls one of the encounters in 2000, when the girl was only 17 years old:
"Troiani: (She) used the lotion to rub your penis and make you ejaculate?
Bill Cosby continues on, describing several encounters with young women, including one in which he "lowered his pants in an effort to receive oral sex.” Other excerpts described his methods in attributing educational trusts to Constand and others without the knowledge of his wife, Camille.
The comedian was also asked about his exchange with the National Enquirer in 2005, in which he granted an exclusive interview if the tabloid refused to publish Beth Ferrier's story, who was one of his accusers. He feared that if her story was released, it would make Andrea's accusations more credible.