Cosby’s wife slated to give deposition in defamation case

Bill Cosby, Camille Cosby
FILE - This Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby, left, and his wife Camille appear at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts before Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington. Camille Cosby will answer questions under oath on Jan. 6, 2016, in her first deposition since dozens of women came forward over the last year with sexual abuse allegations against her husband. Attorney Joseph Cammarata said Bill Cosby’s deposition is scheduled Feb. 22, also in Springfield, where the defamation suit was filed. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Bill Cosby’s wife is slated to answer questions under oath in a defamation lawsuit brought against her husband by seven women who claim the comedian sexually assaulted them decades ago.

Camille Cosby is scheduled to give a deposition Monday at the Springfield Marriott.

The women allege that Cosby defamed them by branding them as liars after they went public with allegations of sexual assault. He’s denied their allegations and filed a countersuit.

Lawyers for the Cosbys attempted to quash the deposition subpoena, arguing that Camille Cosby does not have any relevant information. They also say her conversations with her husband are confidential.

After a judge ruled Friday that Camille Cosby’s deposition must proceed, defense lawyers filed an emergency motion requesting a delay. A ruling Sunday said Monday’s deposition can proceed.

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