NBC NewsTOM WINTER and JON SCHUPPE
Bill Cosby's wife has filed a last-ditch request to avoid sitting Monday for a legal deposition in which she'll be asked questions related to sexual assault allegations against her husband.
A federal judge ruled Friday that Camille Cosby must testify in a civil suit by seven women who claim Bill Cosby defamed them by denying their accusations. But late Saturday night, her lawyers filed an emergency motion to stop the deposition — or at least move it to a venue that is more private than the Massachusetts hotel where the proceedings are supposed to take place.
Holding the deposition at the Springfield Marriott would create a "media circus and personal security threat that serves no purpose other than to harass and embarrass her," the motion says.
Her lawyer, Marshall Searcy, complained that Camille Cosby "will be subjected to a parade through a sea of reporters" and open to "eavesdropping and gawkers."
Camille Cosby's lawyers have also argued that her deposition should be put off until other people related to the case, including those suing him, testify, so that she may respond.
The attorney who is scheduled to conduct the deposition, Joseph Cammarata, declined any interviews.
As the comedian's wife, Camille Cosby is protected against answering questions about personal conversations with him. But because she also served as his business manager, business related conversations are not necessarily protected.
Bill Cosby has repeatedly denied allegations of sexual assault by dozens of women around the country, acts they say took place as far back as the 1960s. He counter-sued the seven women suing him in Massachusetts, claiming they had defamed his character. He also faces a criminal case in Pennsylvania.
Camille Cosby, who married Bill in 1964, has stood behind him. In her last public comments on the issue, in December 2014, she called him kind and generous and "a wonderful husband, father and friend" and accused the media of failing to vet his accusers.
Witchy sez :
Remember...this is a lawsuit that 'BILL COSBY STARTED' due to the defamation from the women. 'SHE' won't testify in 'HIS' lawsuit??? What the hell is that? I guess she doesn't want to have to move out of that nice big house that they live in. She is as much of a pig as he is. They deserve each other.
Camille is an old woman now. If she didn't leave him when she was younger, she certainly is not going to leave him now. For whatever reasons, probably financial, she has put up with his crap for all these years because she wanted to maintain her rich lifestyle and looked the other way.
I'd like them to ask her, during all those years, how often did Cosby have sex with her.
Never mind................she'd lie anyway. She's protected him for years. HeHe