Bill Cosby used a powerful mix of fame and sedative drugs to have sex with young women whom he then attempted to pay off, a newly uncovered testimony has revealed.
The American comedian, now 78, made the deposition a decade ago as part of a lawsuit launched by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who accused him of giving her a powerful drug and molesting her. He was questioned for four days in 2005 and 2006 in a Philadelphia hotel, forming a 1,000 document.
Mr Cosby, who has been married since 1964, said he and Ms Constand began a relationship in the early 2000s, when he invited her to his home to discuss her family and her future plans.
The pair maintained contact for several years until the alleged assault, which Mr Cosby has denied.
The document obtained by the New York Times reveals how the entertainer had offered to pay for Ms Constand’s education in order to hide his predilections from his wife, Camille. However, Ms Contrand never sought any funds.
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.”
He also confessed to paying hush money to another woman whom he had met in 1975, and using his agent to funnel funds to other women.
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
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Winner of his first Emmy for 'I Spy' is Bill Cosby being congratulated by his wife Camille held at Americana Hotel, 1966
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Bill Cosby in 'I Spy', 1960s
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Bill Cosby in July 1973 in Perth
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Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor in 'California Suite', 1978
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Bill Cosby and Elmo in Sesame Street, 1989
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Bill Cosby poses for a picture with Florence Griffith-Joyner in June 1989
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Comedian Bill Cosby back in 1992
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A scene from a 1992 episode of 'The Cosby Show'
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US Monica Seles breaks into laughter as she jokes with comedian Bill Cosby during a celebrity match in the stadium at the US Open for the Arthur Ashe AIDS Challenge on 27 August 1995
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Bill Cosby meets Toronto Blue Jays' All-Star Joe Carter after the Stars played the Stripes in the Celebrity All-Star game which preceded workouts for the 67th All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium on 8 July 1996 in Philadephia
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Co-hosts Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby joke with each other during the opening of the 2000 Essence Awards 14 April 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
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Bill Cosby jokes with baseball great Hank Aaron after they both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award from U.S. President George W. Bush during a ceremony on 9 July 2002 at the White House in Washington
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Bill Cosby poses backstage after winning the 'Bob Hope Humanitarian Award' during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on 21 September 2003 in Los Angeles
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'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno and comedian Bill Cosby laugh during a surprise visit by Cosby to sign a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that Leno is using to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at NBC studios on 9 September 2005 in Burbank, California
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Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios on 14 October 2007 in Washington
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Bill Cosby at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on 26 October 2009 in Washington
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Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York on 6 April 2011
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Bill Cosby during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows supporting the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the American Comedy Fund, 2012
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Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on 11 November 2013 in Washington
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Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on 26 September 2014 in Las Vegas
At one stage, he admitted to asking a model named Beth Ferrier about her father who died of cancer in order to have “sexual contact” with her.
Mr Cosby’s unapologetic and sometimes boastful attitude was also apparent in the deposition, according to the newspaper, as he graphically described sexual encounters and suggested he was able to infer a woman’s consent from non-verbal cues.
When Ms Contrand’s lawyer confronted Mr Cosby with the prospect that he is “making light of a very serious situation”, he responded: “That may very well be.”
Mr Cosby's publicist, David Brokaw, did not immediately return a message from the Press Association seeking comment.
The comedian has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women, but has repeatedly denied the claims and has never been charged.
Earlier this month, the court papers on which the disposition was based were sought by the Associated Press, and showed that Mr Cosby admitted to drugging women he intended on having sex with.