lawyers ask to delay Camille Cosby's deposition
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[January 05, 2016]
By David Ingram
(Reuters) - Lawyers for
Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, asked a federal judge
on Monday to delay a deposition by her scheduled for
Wednesday in a defamation lawsuit brought by seven women
who allege the entertainer sexually abused them.
The lawyers said in papers filed in U.S. district court in
Massachusetts that the sworn interview should be delayed pending
an appeal on whether Camille Cosby could be required to testify
On Dec. 31, a federal magistrate judge in Massachusetts rejected
arguments by Camille Cosby, the comedian's wife of almost 52
years and his business manager, that the deposition would
represent an "undue burden."
Cosby lawyers argued the intimate nature of the questions
expected during the deposition justified a delay, noting that
their ability to object to such evidence at trial would not
spare their client embarrassment.
"The Magistrate has suggested that the plaintiffs may ask Mrs.
Cosby about the most intimate details of her marital life,
including her husband's sexual 'proclivities,'" Camille Cosby's
attorneys wrote. "A trial objection will do Mrs. Cosby little
good if the private and intimate details of her marital life are
discussed during deposition and released to the media
The Dec. 31 ruling came a day after Cosby, 78, was charged with
sexually assaulting a woman who prosecutors say the comedian
plied with drugs and alcohol in 2004, the only criminal case
filed against the entertainer.
More than 50 women have come forward to accuse Cosby, best known
for his role in the 1980s television hit "The Cosby Show" of
sexually assaulting them after plying them with drugs or
alcohol. Cosby has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and many of the
allegations involve decades-old incidents.
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Cosby is free on $1 million bail, and his lawyer has said the
entertainer is not guilty and will not consider a plea bargain.
The Massachusetts civil lawsuit against Cosby was filed in December
2014 by Tamara Green, later joined by six other women, who contend
that Cosby sexually assaulted or abused and then defamed them by
calling each a liar, court documents said.
Cosby last month counter-sued the women, claiming that they had
defamed him by accusing him of sexual assault.
U.S. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy also rejected arguments by
Camille Cosby that she lacked any first-hand knowledge of the events
at issue, and that the court should protect her from "unnecessary
harassment" by limiting the scope of the subpoena.
(Reporting by David Ingram in New York; Additional reporting by
Scott Malone in Boston; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Sandra Maler)
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