New York Times Obtains Full Bill Cosby Deposition

An A1 scoop that was sitting in plain sight.

AP Philadelphia reporter Maryclaire Dale offered a shocking glimpse at the beginning of July of the deposition given in 2005-2006 by Bill Cosby in connection with the Andrea Constand case.

Today, The New York Times tandem of Graham Bowley and Sydney Ember has brought forth the brunt of the full document. Almost as stunning as the remarks by Cosby is the way the paper gained access to the 1,000-page transcript:

Interest in Mr. Cosby’s deposition grew this month when a federal judge unsealed a 62-page memorandum of law in the case, which had been settled in 2006. The memorandum contained excerpts from the deposition, including Mr. Cosby’s acknowledgment that he had obtained Quaaludes as part of his effort to have sex with women.

The parties have been prohibited from releasing the memorandum because of a confidentiality clause that was part of the settlement agreement, but the deposition itself was never sealed. This month, Ms. Constand’s lawyer asked the court to lift the confidentiality clause so her client would be free to release the nearly 1,000-page deposition transcript. The Times later learned that the transcript was already publicly available through a court reporting service.

NYT staffers Serge F. Kovaleski and Lorne Manly helped with the reporting. The AP revelations led Disney to remove a bronze statue of Cosby from the Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida.

To go along with the Times exclusive, another alleged Cosby victim is today delivering more details about her story via the Sunday Mirror. In her first British interview, former Playboy Playmate Victoria Valentino claims she was drugged by Cosby in 1969 at West Hollywood’s Cafe Figaro and then raped at a nearby apartment while her friend lay next to them, unconscious.

P.S. The only blemish for the Times is this auto-generated ad on the right-hand side of the Web version of the article.
 
[Photo of Cosby performing September 6, 2014 at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, Ca.: Randy Miramontez/Shutterstock.com]