Bill Cosby Says He Became Andrea Constand's Mentor Because He Wanted to Have Romantic Relationship with Her: Deposition
By Nicole Weisensee Egan 05/26/2016
From the moment entertainer Bill Cosby laid eyes on Andrea Constand in November 2002, he had "a romantic interest" in her, he said in his deposition for her long-settled lawsuit, which was obtained by PEOPLE.
A mutual friend introduced them at Temple University's Liacouris Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cosby said, but he kept his romantic interest quiet because "I don't know her. She doesn't know me," he said.
His plan was to "meet her" and then "perhaps to have some moments with her that would have to do with some sort of friendship," he said.
He never told Constand, then 29 and the director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, of his feelings for her and she never indicated she had any romantic feelings toward him, he said.
Instead, for the next 14 months, he nurtured their relationship by "inviting her to my house, talking to her about personal situations dealing with her life, growth, education, access and thoughts to how to acquire a more aggressive attitude, protecting oneself in business," he said.
The nature of the relationship between Cosby and Constand is relevant in what happened at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004, which is now the subject of sexual assault charges against Cosby. She says he drugged and sexually assaulted her; he says what happened between them was consensual. (He denies similar allegations by more than 50 women).
She viewed him as a "mentor" and said they had a "sincere friendship," but that she had "no interest whatsoever" in a romantic relationship with him, she told investigators....
In January 2004, Cosby invited her to his home to discuss her career plans, they both agree. He says he gave her some Benadryl to help her relax (she says he told her it was herbal medication). He says that what happened between them sexually that evening was consensual.
She says whatever he gave her left her so incapacitated she couldn't speak or move while Cosby was "fondling her breasts, put his hand in her pants... penetrated her vagina with his fingers" and "took her right hand and placed it on his penis."
One year later, Constand went to authorities about what happened that night. More than a decade later, on Dec. 30, 2015, Cosby was arrested....
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....To date, more than 50 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct. Constand was the first. In January of 2005 she told police that a year earlier, Cosby had touched and penetrated her after drugging her. A prosecutor decided against proceeding with the case, and Constand followed up with a civil suit that resulted in a 2006 settlement. After that came an accelerating drip of women making allegations about incidents spanning a wide swath of Cosby’s career, from Kristina Ruehli (1965) to Chloe Goins (2008).
....The question of why many sexual-assault victims often delay in making allegations, especially against public figures, has been answered time and again. Justified fears of reprisal and disparagement have to be put into the cost/benefit calculation—and if anything, the Cosby situation has highlighted the costs. “People often these days say, ‘Well, why didn’t you take it to the police?’” another accuser, Tamara Green, told New York Magazine last year. “Andrea Constand went to the police in 2005—how’d it work out for her? Not at all. In 2005, Bill Cosby still had control of the media. In 2015, we have social media. We can’t be disappeared.”
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