Bill Cosby's wife Camille Cosby refused to revoke her marital privilege while being questioned by lawyers on Tuesday (19Apr16).
The comedian's spouse of 52 years testified for the second time during a deposition held this week in a defamation case filed by seven women who claim he went out of his way to slander them after they went public with sexual assault allegations against him.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs grilled Camille on the sexual assault case filed against Bill by Andrea Constand in 2005, in which she accused the 78-year-old The Cosby Show star of drugging and molesting her at his house in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.
According to the New York Daily News, Camille continued to say "I don't remember" when quizzed on details related to the Constand case by the plaintiffs' legal team, but lawyers have mixed reactions to how her testimony will impact the defamation lawsuit moving forward.
"I think (everything) went fine, we did what we needed to do which was to get at the truth of certain information and we accomplished that," Joseph Cammarata, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, told People magazine reporters, noting Camille's testimony will allow the jury to assess whether or not she "is a truth teller."
However, the defendant's attorneys have given an entirely different account of how things went during Camille's second deposition, held at the Holland & Knight law offices in Boston, Massachusetts.
"We spent an additional five hours today proving what plaintiffs' lawyers knew from the beginning: Mrs. Cosby has no, relevant, admissible evidence to offer in this case despite the improper purpose of the deposition," Cosby's attorney Dan Small wrote in a statement. "Thanks to the court's rulings limiting the worst of the plaintiffs' abuses Mrs. Cosby got through today in a dignified and productive fashion. We are very pleased that the day is over and that this distraction is now behind us."
Camille's first deposition took place on 22 February (16) and she has since filed several motions in failed attempts to postpone or end her deposition process. The defamation case against Bill continues.
Cosby has been accused of rape, drugging, and performing inappropriate sex acts by over 50 women. The comic, who has never been charged in relation to any of the incidents, maintains he is innocent.
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