Camille Cosby Fights to Avoid Deposition in Defamation Case Against Husband

Camille Cosby Fights to Avoid Deposition
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Camille Cosby’s attorneys filed an emergency motion to avoid a deposition in a defamation lawsuit brought by seven women who have accused her husband, Bill Cosby, of drugging and, in certain cases, sexually assaulting them at various times between 1969 and 1992.

Camille Cosby is scheduled for a deposition on Wednesday, after a Massachusetts federal magistrate judge rejected on Thursday her efforts to quash a subpoena. Her attorneys are seeking to stay the deposition pending an appeal.

Cosby’s legal team contends that they asked plaintiffs to postpone the deposition, but they refused and “among other things, threatened to seek the assistance of federal marshals to compel Mrs. Cosby’s deposition on Jan. 6.”

Camille Cosby’s attorneys claim that a Massachusetts law prohibits any spouse from testifying as to their private marital conversations, but the magistrate judge, David Hennessy, concluded that the law only restricts testimony at a trial and not a deposition.

Last week, Bill Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault in a case involving Andrea Constand in 2004, when she was director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team. Cosby’s attorneys called the criminal case “unjustified” and said that their client would be exonerated.

The defamation lawsuit was filed last year by Tamara Green, who claims that Cosby’s statements denying her accusations were false and defamatory. She was joined in her case by six other accusers. Cosby filed a counterclaim last month, contending that the plaintiffs in the case have defamed him with “multi-decade old, false, uncorroborated, opportunistic allegations.”

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  1. Bill B. says:

    Of course she’s required. She’s been his Business Manager for decades. She has made a fortune keeping this all secret. Or trying to.

  2. Jimmy Green says:

    of course she knows everything.. but will lie for him to keep her millions. Perhaps Cosby’s best defense is to out himself as gay.

    • jomo says:

      i hope this is your attempt at humor…..because i would hate to believe you could actually be as stupid as your comment.

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