Despite over 40 women accusing him of sexual assault, and his admitting to drugging women for the purpose of sex in a recently unearthed court deposition, Bill Cosby’s longtime (and long-suffering) wife, Camille, is still standing by her man, according to the New York Post.
“Camille still doesn’t believe that Bill provided drugs and had sex with women without their consent,” a source employed by the Cosby family told the Post. “She’s well aware of his cheating, but she doesn’t believe that her husband is a rapist.”
Camille, 71, married the 78-year-old Cosby back in 1964, the same year he released his first comedy album. He was just an up-and-coming comedian then, and far from the comedy icon he became in the ’70s and ’80s. The marriage also occurred one year before the first sexual assault accusation against him, courtesy of Kristina Ruehli.
In addition to being his wife of 41 years, Camille has also served as Cosby’s business manager since his pre-fame days, and according to the Post, “the more people stand against him, the more she perceives it as an affront to her and all that she’s done to make him a star.” The paper also claims that just last week, Camille held a crisis meeting with advisers, lawyers, and PR specialists demanding that they “get back out in front of this.”
“I created him, I knew what I was getting and we’ll fix this,” she reportedly told the gathering at a meeting at the couple’s Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, home Tuesday night. “They are making him out to be such a bad guy, a monster.”
“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Bill Cosby said. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
Cosby made those remarks last November. By that point, 18 women had accused Cosby of sexual assault, with the cases ranging from 1965-2004, and each of the women presented a similar story: Cosby allegedly drugged them with a Quaalude and, when they began getting fuzzy, he raped them. While model Chloe Goins has since accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008—and the number of accusers is now over 40 women—back then, the most recent accuser was Andrea Constand.In 2004, Constand, then 31, worked at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University, as Director of Operations for the women’s basketball team. She claimed to have “fostered a friendship” with Cosby, a huge Temple donor, according to a civil complaint filed by Constand. But she claims that in 2004, Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Pennsylvania mansion. Constand, a Canadian citizen, reported the incident at the time to the police department in her native Ontario, but no charges were brought against Cosby.
Constand filed a civil suit against Cosby in March 2005 alleging Cosby gave her three blue pills saying they were an herbal remedy, and then, once she felt woozy, he “rubbed the woman’s breasts and genital areas and ‘digitally penetrated’ her, meaning with his finger,” reported ABC News. Constand had additionally lined up 13 Jane Doe women who were willing to testify and offer up similar sexual assault claims against Cosby, according to the suit. Cosby settled the case out of court for an undisclosed sum.
After being petitioned by the Associated Press to unseal the documents, this past week, Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, citing Cosby’s stance as a “public moralist,” decided to finally release the court documents from Constand’s 2005 civil suit against Cosby.
In a sworn deposition, Cosby was asked the following questions by Constand’s attorney, Dolores Troiani:
“When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” Troiani asked.
“Yes,” Cosby replied.
“Did you ever give any of those young women the Quaaludes without their knowledge?” Troiani asked.
Cosby's attorney then objected and told his client not to answer the question.
Additionally, the court documents reveal that Cosby copped to having seven prescriptions for Quaaludes in order to administer them to women for the purpose of sex, and claimed that he gave Constand not Quaaludes, but three halves of Benadryl—which prompted Constand’s lawyer to say she “did not agree that the drug that was given to [her] client was Benadryl.”
The court documents also reveal that Cosby had asked his agent at William Morris to wire money to a young woman, no questions asked; that Cosby offered to pay for Constand’s education after she and her mother merely asked for an apology from Cosby for the alleged rape; and that, on one occasion, Cosby admitted to having sex with a 19-year-old after drugging her with Quaaludes.
“I meet Ms. [Redacted] in Las Vegas,” Cosby said during the deposition. “She meets me back stage. I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex.”