Bill Cosby’s life and career

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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 26: Comedian/actor Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Days after it was revealed comedian Bill Cosby spoke of himself as a master interpreter of women’s desires in a 10-year-old court deposition, one of his alleged victims has pointed out a problem with this theory: She’s gay.

Of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, Andrea Constand is arguably the most important. Though Cosby — who has not been charged with a crime and denies he has sexually assaulted anyone — is alleged to have raped as early as the 1960s, such allegations weren’t heard by a court until Constand filed suit against Cosby in 2005. The former college basketball player and Temple University employee claimed the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Pennsylvania home. The suit was settled in 2006; the terms were not disclosed, and the parties were prevented from speaking further about the case by a confidentiality agreement.

But in recent months, as Cosby’s representatives — and, to a much more limited extent, Constand — have spoken to the media, the two sides have been sniping in court motions over how well each is honoring that confidentiality agreement. In a July 21 motion, Cosby said Constand “and her counsel, who have violated the Settlement Agreement, enabling and fomenting negative — and largely inaccurate — publicity.” Among other sins, the comedian’s motion cited two messages from Constand — “Yes!” and “Sir!” — tweeted around the time a court unsealed a deposition in which Cosby said he obtained drugs for women he intended to have sex with.

“Throughout this case, Plaintiff made no secret of her desire to publicize it, and she fought mightily, every chance she got, to achieve that publicity,” the motion read.

Now, in an answer filed Tuesday, Constand has fought back.

Cosby “fails to realize that the settlement in this matter was designed to compensate Plaintiff for the injuries Defendant inflicted upon her and to silence BOTH sides,” her motion read. “In fact, Defendant has openly engaged in a media blitz.”

The motion detailed comments to the media made by Cosby’s proxies, including “supporters, publicists, representatives and attorneys,” then landed a particularly harsh blow. In the newly released deposition, Cosby spoke of himself as quite the Lothario — “one of the greatest storytellers in the world.”

“I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them,” he testified.

Constand’s motion upended this view.

“In his narcississtic view of the world, Defendant believes that Plaintiff’s every tweet must be about him,” the documents read. “He is as perceptive in this belief as he claims to be in his interpretation of non-verbal cues from women he wants to seduce. The tweets do not include any hash tags and were sent during the time period that there was extensive publicity about gay marriage.”

Then came the burn: “As defendant admits in his deposition, despite his talent for interpreting female reactions to him, he did not realize Plaintiff was gay until the police told him.”

The biting comment thrust Constand’s sexual orientation — largely unreported and certainly not routinely discussed in the Cosby scandal — center stage. Cosby has claimed that women he gave drugs to and had sex with consented. If, as People reported, Constand was in a relationship with a woman at the time of the alleged assault, such a scenario may seem less likely.

Constand’s motion also made light of the Cosby camp’s contention, in court documents, that he was just “one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes” — known as “disco biscuits” — “into their consensual sex life in the 1970s.”

Constand “sits quitely listening to descriptions fed to the media of celebrity parties and ‘disco biscuits,’ knowing that she never attended a celebrity party or requested to take a disco biscuit (or ever even heard that term, for that matter), or any drug or other medication that would render her unconscious,” the motion read.

Activist and lawyer Laura Dunn walks us through the legal battles Bill Cosby faces due to the sex assault allegations against him. (The Washington Post)

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