Camille Cosby has been ordered to give a deposition for one of the lawsuits against her husband Bill Cosby, and that may have been the straw that breaks the camel’s back after more than fifty years of marriage.
The Washington Post reports that the suit was brought by seven women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexually abusing them years ago.
A judge rejected Camille Cosby’s attempts to avoid testifying, after she claimed she was protected by a marital disqualification law. The couple has been married for more than 50 years, and Camille Cosby is her husband’s business partner.
Lawyers for Bill Cosby plan to appeal Hennessy’s ruling, according to the New York Times.
The “Cosby Show” star was charged with aggravated indecent assault, stemming from allegations he attacked Andrea Constand at his mansion in Pennsylvania in January, 2004.
He chuckled and said, “Yes” when asked if he understood the charges, and thanked the judge and chief of police before standing to leave, free on US$1 million bail.
Amid the all of the accusations previous year, Camille Cosby came to her husband’s defense, criticizing the news media for reporting the accusers’ claims without “vetting” them – a comparison she made to coverage of Rolling Stone’s problematic story about campus rape.
The plaintiffs – Barbara Bowman, Tamara Green, Angela Leslie, Louisa Moritz, Therese Serignese, Joan Tarshis and Linda Traitz – each allege they were “drugged and/or sexually assaulted” by Bill Cosby. “She has been thoroughly humiliated and believe me, her anger isn’t directed at the women”, the source said.
Monique Pressley, Cosby’s lawyer blasted the media circus surrounding his case but said her client’s mood remained upbeat. “He is the man you thought you knew”.
Bill Cosby is set to be deposed in the case February 22.