Excerpts released on Wednesday of Bill Cosby’s deposition from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand reveal that Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about sexual-assault accusations against him by Canadian Beth Ferrier, and in return the magazine killed a story about a second complainer, AP reported.
Frankly, JBN hasn’t reported the Cosby case until now because we found no Jewish angle in it. We wanted to run it, but didn’t think we had anything to add to it that all your other news sources provided. Now, that this has become a story about the media enabling a misogynist celebrity, we finally have a dog in this race.
Constand’s suit shows Cosby was afraid that two consecutive accusations against him would convince the public of his guilt.
Both women accused Cosby in 2005 of drugging and molesting them.
Since the Cosby story has broken, I couldn’t imagine why someone as popular and sexy as Bill Cosby would have to resort to giving his dates roofies in order to get them to go to bed with him. When he had his show on NBC, there wasn’t a woman in North America who wouldn’t have done him happily, all he had to do was ask nicely.
OK, that’s the point, then, Bill Cosby didn’t think highly enough of women to expect to need to seduce them nicely.
Cosby caught a lot of flak for a NY Post op-ed he published in 2013, praising Muslims. He wrote:
I’m a Christian. But Muslims are misunderstood. Intentionally misunderstood. We should all be more like them. They make sense, especially with their children. There is no other group like the Black Muslims, who put so much effort into teaching children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect. And what do these other people do?
They complain about them, they criticize them. We’d be a better world if we emulated them. We don’t have to become black Muslims, but we can embrace the things that work.
I know Cosby didn’t say anything there about women, or about Islam culture being dominated by men to the point where in many Muslim women are erased from view behind veils and burqas. He didn’t have to say it—it’s part of his and our social consciousness. The fact that he writes so romantically about a culture that treats women as little more than useful objects, barnyard animals that must be taught their right place—that’s the mindset behind the roofies.
Bill Cosby doesn’t hate women. He just doesn’t feel that they’re important enough to be treated like fully realized human beings. It’s not because he’s evil, you know he’s not. Its because he was born in 1937, when men simply were not aware of women that way. I’m sure he knows the difference intellectually, but after hours, when time is short and passions are high—you go with your gut.
Otherwise, I would have to assume that Bill Cosby is a monster who enjoys screwing near-lifeless women under heavy sedation. I really couldn’t bear that notion. But, then again, I could be surprised.
Back to the media enabling celebrities, now:
“Did you ever think that if Beth Ferrier’s story was printed in the National Enquirer, that that would make the public believe that maybe Andrea was also telling the truth?” Cosby was asked, according to AP. He answered: “Exactly.”
In the deposition, Cosby confirmed his contract with the Enquirer.
“I would give them an exclusive story, my words, ” Cosby said, in his 2005 deposition, adding that his reward would have been that “they would not print the story of – print Beth’s story.”
On November 6 this year, an Associated Press video showed Cosby attempting to get the newsgathering outfit not to use his response about sexual-abuse allegations.
“I would appreciate if it was scuttled, ” Cosby said in the videotape.
According to Cosby, in 2005 he saw a draft of Ferrier’s interview with the Enquirer, titled “My Story, ” after she had passed a lie-detector test.
Constand later sued Cosby and the Enquirer for defamation. Those claims and her sexual-assault claims against Cosby were consolidated and settled, according to the AP.
According to Cosby’s deposition, Constand and her mother were only seeking an apology from him at the beginning, which he gave them.
“Andrea’s mother said, ‘That’s all I wanted, Bill, ‘” Cosby testified, according to the AP, which reported that Constand’s lawyers said Cosby later called back and offered to pay for Constand’s “education.”
Constand’s civil lawsuit has since grown and now includes nine women with similar testimonies about sexual assaults involving Cosby.