Cosby's wife faces questioning in suit by alleged victims

Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:37pm EST
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By Scott Malone

BOSTON (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's wife of a half-century faced questioning on Monday by lawyers for seven women who accused the comedian of sex assault and sued him for defamation after a federal judge rejected her bid to avoid a deposition.

Camille Cosby, who manages her husband's business, was deposed at a hotel in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her lawyers earlier unsucessfully sought to convince a U.S. District Court judge to stop her testimony.

Plaintiffs' lawyer Joseph Cammarata said he intended to "vindicate our clients' interests."

"I expect to ask her about her relationship with Mr. Cosby, her relationship to his personal interests, his business interests and matters that are relevant," Cammarata said.

The deposition was taken behind closed doors. Local media reported that Cosby was not spotted but cited lawyers on the scene as confirming the deposition began.

Camille Cosby has stood by her husband of 52 years, an entertainer who made a career of family-friendly comedy. Over the past few years, more than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them in alleged attacks dating back decades. Cosby, 78, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

Tamara Green, a former aspiring model and singer who alleges Cosby drugged and sexually abused her, filed the Massachusetts civil lawsuit in December 2014. She was later joined by six other women who say Cosby sexually assaulted them and defamed them by calling them liars.

Under Massachusetts law, spouses cannot be compelled to testify against one another in criminal cases.   Continued...

Comedian Bill Cosby addresses the crowd in front of his wife, Camille Cosby, after being honored during the Apollo Theatre's 75th anniversary gala in New York, June 8, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson