*After multiple attempts by Camille Cosby to terminate her ordered deposition in a civil defamation lawsuit filed against her husband Bill Cosby by seven women who say he sexually assaulted them decades ago, she was ordered Tuesday to continue on and sit for another day of questioning.
She sat for the first part of the deposition in February in Springfield, Massachusetts, near where the family has a home in rural Massachusetts. The second session is now scheduled for April 19.
Joe Cammarata, a lawyer for the women, called it a “good day” in court because his team will be able to continue their questioning. He said Camille Cosby is to be deposed in Boston at a location to be determined for no more than 5 hours and 45 minutes, based on the judge’s order.
Bill Cosby’s camp also claimed victory.
Spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the judge denied the request to end the proceedings but also granted Camille Cosby’s request to limit the types of questions asked going forward, prohibiting plaintiffs from asking “improper questions,” including those involving protected communications between husband and wife.
Massachusetts’ marital disqualification rule says a spouse doesn’t have to testify about private marital conversations.
Cosby’s lawyers complained in court filings of “a litany of improper and offensive questions” asked during the first session.
They said Cammarata questioned Camille Cosby about her sexual relations and her opinion of the honesty and integrity of her husband – questions they argued were “designed to annoy, embarrass, and oppress the witness.”
Cammarata countered in court filings that Camille Cosby refused to answer dozens of questions based on an overly broad interpretation of the marital disqualification rule, attorney-client privilege and a “non-existent” privilege of privacy.
Camille Cosby’s deposition in the civil lawsuit comes as her husband, who starred in The Cosby Show, faces criminal charges in Pennsylvania.
The 78-year-old comedian is charged with sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby, who is out on bail, has pleaded not guilty.
The women in the defamation case claim Cosby tainted their reputations when he allowed his representatives to brand them as liars after they went public with their allegations of sexual assault.