A judge in Pennsylvania has decided that Camille Cosby must testify against Bill Cosby, her husband of nearly 52 years. (https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/682827378725416960)
According to a decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy in Massachusetts on Dec. 31, 2015, Camille Cosby must testify in her husband’s sexual assault lawsuit. She will be required to answer questions concerning what she knows about Bill Cosby’s relationships with the seven women who have sued him for defamation of character, after he accused them of lying in their sexual assault allegations.
Attorneys representing the 71-year-old Camille had argued that the subpoena requiring her to testify threatened “the strong public interest in encouraging the protection of marital communications.” The attorneys also claimed that forcing her to discuss her husband’s relationships with the women would cause her “shame and embarrassment” over the “alleged infidelities and sexual misconduct” of her husband.
After hearing arguments, Judge Hennessy said in his written decision, “while these are not unimportant considerations, they do not outweigh the potential significance of Mrs. Cosby’s testimony. … 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.”
Judge Hennessy concluded, “I find no merit in Mrs. Cosby’s arguments, and accordingly deny her motion in its entirety.” That decision means that Camille Cosby must testify at the deposition.
Mrs. Cosby’s attorney Monique Pressley has said that they will appeal the verdict.
If the appeal is not successful, Camille Cosby, who has been married to Bill Cosby for nearly 52 years, is expected to give testimony during a deposition next week for the lawsuit brought by Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.
The women all have alleged that they were the victims of sexual assault by Bill Cosby between 1969 and 1992.
The decision that Camille Cosby must testify has been another disappointment for her and her husband. Last week, prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania announced they have decided to charge Bill Cosby with aggravated indecent assault in the case of Andrea Constand, a former manager of the women’s basketball team at Temple University. The incident took place in 2004 and was first reported to the police in 2005. The police initially dropped the case due to a “lack of evidence.”
Mr. Cosby denies the charges and is currently free on $1 million bond.
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