Cosby’s wife seeks to avoid further questions in defamation suit

April 12, 2016

Lawyers for Bill Cosby’s wife and business manager Camille Cosby will ask a judge today (April 12) to spare her from answering further questions related to a lawsuit by seven women who claim Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them.

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Camille Cosby’s lawyers have accused the attorneys for the seven women of acting improperly during a Feb. 22 deposition about the lawsuit.

“Plaintiffs’ counsel, Joseph Cammarata, asked Mrs. Cosby questions regarding her own sexual relations, her own political commentary, and the death of the Cosby’s son in 1997,” they said in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. “These questions were irrelevant to the issues in this case and plainly were designed to annoy, embarrass, and oppress the witness.”

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Cammarata has previously defended asking Camille Cosby, 72, direct questions about sex, saying it was appropriate given the subject matter involved. The seven women have sued Bill Cosby for defamation, saying that he lied when he denied sexually assaulting them.

“Are we going to talk about the sexual history? Of course. Are we going to talk about the extramarital activity? Yes,” Cammarata said in a January hearing. “We already know these subject matters.”

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More than 50 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them, often after giving them drugs and alcohol, in a string of incidents dating back decades.

Most of the alleged crimes are too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution. But authorities in Pennsylvania charged the 78-year-old entertainer with sexually assaulting a woman in 2005.

Cosby, who is out on bail, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

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Cosby has counter sued, accusing the women of defaming him.

 

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