Bill Cosby reveals himself to be a true scoundrel
, Toronto Sun First posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 09:29 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 10:49 PM EDT
TORONTO - Whatever still clung of the genial old Dr. Huxtable we once knew, the true scoundrel that is Bill Cosby is now revealed.
The embattled star stands in the centre of a maelstrom of controversy, his reputation ruined after dozens of women have come forward to allege that he drugged and abused them over the last four decades. Ever the comedian, he’s tried to laugh them all off, calling them liars and money-grubbing opportunists, determined to cling to what’s left of the fatherly image he had so carefully crafted.
But how the leopard shows his spots.
No matter the varnish of celebrity, the veneer of respectability, Cosby has revealed his nasty nature with his vicious attempt to punish his first accuser, Pickering native Andrea Constand, for refusing to lie down and play dead as she was supposed to.
Now he says she should be “sanctioned” by the courts and hints that if she wants to void their decade-old confidentiality agreement, then she should be forced to give back the hush money she was paid.
Instead, he accused her of wanting to “have her cake and eat it too.”
A former star athlete, Constand worked with women’s basketball at Philadelphia’s Temple University, Cosby’s beloved alma mater. She thought of him as her mentor but their friendship abruptly ended after she accused him of drugging and molesting her at his home.
After prosecutors refused to lay criminal charges, she sued him in civil court, alleging that shortly after Cosby gave her “three blue pills” of “herbal medication” for stress during a visit to his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004, her “knees began to shake, her limbs felt immobile, she felt dizzy and weak, and she began to feel only barely conscious.”
In her lawsuit, she claimed Cosby drugged and molested her and then “maliciously and wickedly” defamed her after she complained to police. He has denied all wrongdoing. After she threatened to bring other witnesses forward with similar stories and after both testified under oath, they reached a confidential settlement in 2006.
Constand has kept quiet ever since.
This month, as the number of alleged victims continued to grow, a judge agreed to a request by the Associated Press to unseal portions of Cosby’s 2005 deposition in Constand’s lawsuit. The public had a right to see “the stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist, and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct,” ruled U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno.
The excerpts included Cosby’s shocking admission that he used Quaaludes during his extramarital encounters with young women and had given the powerful sedative to at least one woman and “other people.” Cosby has maintained that he has never given the drug without his partner’s consent.
The explosive testimony from a decade ago was seized on by his many accusers as proof their accounts of date rape are true. Constand maintained her dignified silence, as she is contracted to do, but asked the court to lift her gag order because she has “come to the realization that she once again must defend herself in the forum chosen by the defendant.”
When reached by the Sun’s Joe Warmington, the registered massage therapist declined comment on Cosby, later apologizing for her reticence. “I know I did not give you much of a story and yet there is so much more to say,” she admitted.
Those cryptic few words were enough to unleash Cosby’s clawing talons.
In papers filed with the court Tuesday to fight her attempts to lift the confidentiality agreement, his lawyers claim Constand is trying to “resume her campaign against (Cosby) in the court of public opinion” and broke the terms of their settlement by talking to the Sun about her “heavy ordeal involving Bill Cosby” — a phrase actually used by Warmington, and not Constand.
And just in case she hasn’t suffered enough, the former pudding pop pitchman publicly attacked her calling her a blatant gold digger.
“Tellingly, (Constand) does not seek to void the entire Settlement Agreement; obviously she wants to keep what she was paid,” Cosby claims. “Obviously the ‘heart’ of (her) bargain was not secrecy, but rather the receipt of money, which she still has.”
What a nasty, nasty man.
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Andrea Constand in Toronto on July 7, 2015. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun)
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