Bill Cosby’s wife Camille has been ordered to testify in the defamation case brought against him by seven women.
Her lawyer presented a motion to avoid her having to give testimony in a deposition in the lawsuit. The suit was brought on by seven women who claim that her husband sexually assaulted them. The federal judge in the case has denied the motion, saying, “I find no merit in Mrs. Cosby’s arguments, and accordingly deny her motion in its entirety.”
The ruling came down a day after Bill was charged with felony aggravated indecent assault for reportedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. He was arraigned on Wednesday and released after his bail was posted.
Camille was subpoenaed in early December as part of a defamation lawsuit that was brought against her husband by Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie. 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.
“The Court’s ruling is a significant development. We will conduct a thorough examination in pursuit of the truth.,” Tamara Green’s attorney Joseph Cammarata tells PEOPLE.
Camille argued that by law she shouldn’t have to testify against her spouse and be subjected to questions regarding his “sexual proclivities.”
“She argues that her subpoena threatens ‘the strong public interest in encouraging the protection of marital communications’ and mentions in passing ‘the shame and embarrassment of responding to questions about defendant’s alleged infidelities and sexual misconduct,” Hennessy wrote. “While these are not unimportant considerations, they do not outweigh the potential significance of Mrs. Cosby’s testimony. â€¦ Mrs. Cosby’s dual role as defendants’ wife and business manager, render it at least plausible that Mrs. Cosby is in possession of information that is ‘relevant to any party’s claim or defense and proportional to the needs of the case.”
“The attorneys for Mrs. Cosby intend to appeal the decision,” Cosby’s attorney Monique Pressley wrote in a statement to PEOPLE.
Hopefully something will come from her testimony…. only time will tell…
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