Bill Cosby's wife answered few questions in February deposition

Fri May 20, 2016 9:57pm EDT
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By Steve Gorman and Piya Sinha-Roy

(Reuters) - Bill Cosby's wife of 52 years bickered with lawyers and cited marital privilege as she refused to answer questions about the torrent of sexual abuse allegations her husband faces, according to a transcript released on Friday of a sworn deposition she gave in February.

Camille Cosby, 72, repeatedly cited her legal right to keep spousal communications private, during questioning in Massachusetts by lawyers for seven women suing her husband there for defamation.

The session was punctuated with frequent squabbles, as Cosby's attorneys objected to the line of questioning directed at their client, according to the newly unsealed transcript, posted online by The Hollywood Reporter.

Taken from the first of two depositions she has submitted to under court order, the transcript shed little light on a mounting scandal that has shattered the comedian's career, even as Camille Cosby has stood steadfastly by her husband.

Her attorneys said in a court filing in February that questions posed during the deposition were designed to "annoy" and "embarrass" Cosby's wife.

It came in the discovery phase of a defamation suit brought by former aspiring model and singer Tamara Green and six other women against the comedian for denying their allegations that he sexually assaulted them.

They are among more than 50 women who have who have come forward over the past two years to accuse Cosby of rape and other sexual wrongdoing. Most involve encounters said to have occurred a decade or more ago.

In the only criminal prosecution of him so far, Cosby was charged in December with sexually assaulting a woman in Pennsylvania in 2004.   Continued...

Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner (R) and actor Bill Cosby arrive at a news conference at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2011.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo