A federal judge in Massachusetts has ordered that Bill Cosby’s wife Camille must testify in a civil case filed against him by seven women who say that he defamed them, following the disgraced comedian’s (separate) arrest on sexual assault charges earlier this week. Cosby’s legal team was trying to prevent the deposition on several grounds, but United States Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy ruled on Thursday that her deposition should go ahead with no limitations on the scope of the questioning. Her appearance is scheduled for Wednesday and will likely cover what she knew about her husband’s treatment of women.
The seven bringing the claim against Cosby have publicly accused him of sexual assault. Cosby has responded by calling the allegations “fabrications.” Because the statute of limitations for claims of sexual assault has passed for each woman, they are suing the comedian for defamation. In response, Cosby has filed a countersuit, claiming that the women are now defaming him. The 78-year-old entertainer is currently out on a 1 million dollars bail after being arrested in a criminal case last Wednesday, charged with the aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand, whom he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted in 2004.
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