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Cosby Admitted He Feared Public Would Believe Women In 2005 Testimony

In his 2005 testimony from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand against him that was eventually settled, Bill Cosby admitted that he feared the public would believe the women if more of them came forward.

Cosby made the comments under oath after Constand filed her lawsuit and the comedian made a secret deal to keep a second accuser, Beth Ferrier, quiet about her similar story of being drugging and assaulted.

"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.

"Exactly," Cosby replied, according to archived federal court records.

His deal with the National Enquirer was that: "I would give them an exclusive story, my words... they would not print the story of - print Beth's story."

After Cosby's article titled "My Story" was published and implied Constand was lying to "exploit" him, the woman sued Cosby for defamation. This even though he knew Constand was not asking for money or fame and instead only an apology.

Sometimes you try to help people and it backfires on you and then they try to take advantage of you," he said.

Constand's civil lawsuit grew to include nine women willing to testify against Cosby. It was settled in 2006.

November 28, 2014 |

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