Bill Cosby’s wife will be forced to testify in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who accuse the comedian of sexually assaulting them decades ago.
A federal judge denied a motion by Camille Cosby to throw out a subpoena requiring her to give a deposition in the lawsuit.
She is scheduled to be deposed by lawyers for the women tomorrow.
US Judge Magistrate David Hennessey in Springfield, Massachusetts, said Camille Cosby failed to prove that she and her husband were protected by the state’s marital disqualification law.
He also rejected claims that the value of the testimony would be outweighed by the “undue burden” the deposition would cause.
The couple have been married for more than 50 years and Camille Cosby is her husband’s business partner.
She is not a defendant in the lawsuit against Bill Cosby.
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”.
Bill Cosby’s lawyers said his wife does not have any information about the accuracy of the women’s allegations, and argued that subjecting his wife to a deposition was “nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to pressure a defendant in the face of subjecting his wife to the shame and embarrassment of responding to questions about his alleged infidelities and sexual misconduct”.
The women claim Cosby allowed representatives to portray them as liars after they went public with their allegations.
Cosby has filed a countersuit, accusing the women of making false allegations for financial gain.
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