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Tue May 31 20:00:24 SAST 2016

Cosby's wife forced to answer questions

Reuters | 24 February, 2016 00:37
Over the past few years, more than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them in alleged attacks dating back decades. File photo
Image by: MIKE THEILER / REUTERS

Bill Cosby's wife of 50 years faced questioning on Monday by lawyers for seven women who accused the comedian of sexual assault and sued him for defamation after a federal judge rejected her bid to avoid a deposition.

Camille Cosby, who manages her husband's business, was deposed at a hotel in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her lawyers earlier unsuccessfully sought to convince a US District Court judge to stop her testimony.

Plaintiffs' lawyer Joseph Cammarata said he intended to "vindicate our clients' interests".

He said: "I expect to ask her about her relationship with Cosby, her relationship to his personal interests, his business interests and matters that are relevant."

The deposition was taken behind closed doors.

Tamara Green, a former aspiring model and singer who alleges Cosby drugged and sexually abused her, filed the Massachusetts civil lawsuit in December 2014. She was later joined by six other women who say Cosby sexually assaulted them.

Over the past few years, more than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them in alleged attacks dating back decades.

Under Massachusetts law, spouses cannot be compelled to testify against one another in criminal cases.

But they can be compelled to give depositions or testimony in civil matters.

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