Camille Cosby Ordered To Testify In Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby
Despite their efforts to squash her deposition, a Massachusetts judge has ordered Camille Cosby to testify in the defamation lawsuit against her husband, Bill Cosby.
Seven plaintiffs allege that the “defendant drugged and/or sexually assaulted each” of them, according a court document denying Camille Cosby’s request. They are among 50 women who accuse the star of drugging them and raping or fondling them. Cosby has steadfastly denied wrongdoing.
In their suit, the women said Bill Cosby portrayed them as liars after they went public with their allegations.
Cosby countersued, saying that by accusing him of sexual assault, they hurt his reputation and derailed plans for his new family comedy on NBC.
Camille Cosby was directed in a December 9 subpoena to testify at a deposition on January 6, 2016, something her lawyers challenged on the grounds that information from the couple’s private conversations was privileged.
In a ruling issued Thursday, United States Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy wrote that he found “no merit” in Camille Cosby’s claim that “Massachusetts’ marital disqualification law renders her incompetent to testify in this matter … and accordingly deny her motion in its entirety.”
The seven women said they subpoenaed Cosby because she was her husband’s business manager, according to Cosby’s attorneys.
His legal team accused the women of trying to subject Camille Cosby to the shame of answering questions about her husband’s alleged infidelities.
On New Year’s Eve, Bill Cosby’s Twitter account sent out a tweet thanking his friends and fans for their support.