A MA court has ordered Bill Cosby’s wife to testify in a defamation lawsuit against her husband.
Hennessy denied a motion filed by Camille Cosby that she not be made to testify in the case of the state’s marital disqualification law which “renders her incompetent” because she could potentially be asked to speak against her husband.
Camille Cosby married the comedian and star of The Cosby Show in 1964 when she was 19. A federal Justice of the Peace judge in MA on Thursday rejected arguments by Cosby’s wife of just about fifty two years, who additionally has been his enterprise supervisor, that the deposition would characterize an “undue burden”.
The women, who have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them between 1969 and 1992, said Cosby’s statements denying the accusations were false and defamatory. Across a courtroom, the grandfather of American comedy will finally come face to face with a succession of angry women who for years have accused him of rape. The seven women allege that Cosby sexually assaulted or abused them and that, in him calling them liars in response, he defamed them.
A lawyer for the women, Joseph Cammarata, argued last month that he should be able to question Camille Cosby because he believed she had “information that’s relevant to the litigation in this matter”.
In a motion filed on 18 December, to quash the subpoena, Bill Cosby’s lawyers insisted Camille has no information about the accuracy of the allegations against her husband.
“Even before the charges yesterday, some of them said they would be prepared to testify, but didn’t want to go public before that time”, she said. He appeared briefly in a Pennsylvania court and was released on $1 million bail.
“I’m well, I’m very well”, he told a New York Post reporter, before declining to be interviewed. The message says, “Friends and fans, Thank You”. His lawyers have called the charges unjustified.