Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, who has publicly stood by him as he faces dozens of sexual-assault allegations, was deposed Monday in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by seven accusers and agreed to return next month to answer even more questions under oath — according to the Associated Press.
The deposition, believed to be the first Camille has given was given under heavy security at the Springfield Marriott hotel.
Reportedly, Camille and her lawyers met with lawyers for the seven women suing her husband for about seven or eight hours Monday. A lawyer for the women, Joseph Cammarata, said she spent about 2 1/2 hours answering questions and the rest of the time was a back and forth between lawyers on what she could or should answer. He said a judge had to be contacted twice.
Cammarata wouldn’t characterize his questions to Camille Cosby, but he said she was in a unique position to know a lot about Bill Cosby because she has been married to him for 52 years and has been his business manager.
“She’s his wife,” he said. “She has the ability to live with him, be with him … understand who he associates with.”
When asked afterward about her demeanor under questioning, he replied, “She was someone that was reserved, and I got the sense she really didn’t want to be there.”
Initially, Camille’s lawyers had tried to block the deposition. Unfortunately for Camille, the questioning is not over. She continues the deposition on March 14.
After numerous women went public with sexual-assault allegations against Bill Cosby, Camille Cosby issued a supportive statement, calling him “a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend.”
The plaintiffs in the defamation case are among about 50 who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct. [Associated Press]