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Star Bill Cosby 'admitted he paid for sex'

By AP Reporter

Published 20/07/2015

Deposition: Bill Cosby
Deposition: Bill Cosby

Troubled entertainer Bill Cosby said he paid women after sex to keep the affairs from his wife, funnelling money to some of the women through his agent so his wife would not find out .

The New York Times reported the revelations after obtaining a copy of sworn evidence from a deposition Cosby gave a decade ago.

The comedian, now 78, was giving evidence under oath in a lawsuit by a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who says he drugged and molested her.

According to excerpts from the deposition released a month ago, Cosby admitted he procured Quaaludes [a drug] with the aim of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with. The New York Times reported that Cosby told lawyers for Ms Constand, who brought the suit, that he was a "pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things", according to the transcript.

He said he offered to pay for Ms Constand's education and paid another woman he had met in 1976. He also admitted he sent money to some women through his agent to keep it from his wife.

Cosby has denied accusations by dozens of women who claim he sexually assaulted them. He has never been charged with a crime.

Cosby, who has been married since 1964, said he sparked a relationship with Ms Constand in the early 2000s and invited her to his house and had conversations about her family and plans for future education.

The relationship between the two continued for several years until, Ms Constand says, Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Pennsylvania home.

Cosby said in the deposition that Ms Constand was "a liar".

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