Bill Cosby's preliminary hearing on felony sexual assault charges begins in Philadelphia Tuesday, and recently released documents from a deposition reveal lots of sex with young models and actresses who were often paid for their silence.
Excerpts from the deposition, released by the Associated Press, took place in 2005 following a civil suit from Andrea Constand (Cosby's current hearing will address criminal charges for the same allegation). Constand met Cosby when she worked for the women's basketball team at Temple University, which is his alma mater. In the deposition, Cosby confirmed that he gave women quaaludes and alcohol in the 1970s, even though he himself took neither recreationally.
He also said that as recently as 2000, a talent agency would send "five or six" models to his studio each week while he was filming a TV show. They were told it was a meeting about their career, but it was obviously a way for him to meet new young women. Just in case there was ever any confusion about Cosby's intentions and tactics, here's part of the transcript about an interaction with a young actress:
Q: On a later occasion you had her masturbate you with lotion. Did that ever happen?
Q: (She) used the lotion to rub your penis and make you ejaculate?
Bingo. Cosby also detailed offering hush money through his talent agency so that his wife would not find out about any financial transactions:
Q: So, was the purpose of that to disguise —
Q: I have to finish my question. Was to disguise that you were paying money to Therese?
Q: Who were you preventing from knowing that?
A: Mrs. Cosby.
Tuesday's hearing will determine whether Cosby will be tried on criminal charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.