Camille Cosby Deposition to Proceed With Limitations
Bill Cosby’s wife Camille Cosby will have to sit for a deposition for her husband’s civil lawsuit, but she will be allowed to refuse to answer certain questions in the case. The Cosby Show star is facing a defamation suit filed in the Massachusetts federal court by seven women who have accused the comedian of calling them liars after alleging he drugged and sexually assaulted them in decades-old incidents.
Joseph Cammarata, an attorney representing the women called for Cosby’s deposition in the lawsuit, but her lawyers contended that by Massachusetts marital disqualification law, she shouldn’t have to testify against her spouse. In December, a judge ruled the disqualification only applied to trial testimony and not to deposition testimony. But Cosby and her legal team scored a small victory on Thursday when U.S. district judge Mark G. Mastroianni declared that although Mrs. Cosby must sit for the deposition, she will have the power to refuse to answer certain inquiries. “The court concludes that the Massachusetts marital disqualification rule applies to deposition testimony and that Deponent’s counsel, when appropriate, may instruct her not to provide testimony barred by the rule,” Mastroianni’s ruling read. Camille Cosby’s deposition is currently scheduled for February 22 in Springfield, Massachusetts. On Tuesday, Cosby’s lawyers also filed a motion to delay the suit pending the outcome of criminal sexual assault charges filed against him in Pennsylvania. Cosby, 78, faces an aggravated indecent assault charge for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Pennsylvania home in 2004. Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women, has denied all the allegations.