While Bill Cosby is up to defend his actions against dozens of women accusing him of sexual assault, the star's lawyers are fighting to keep his wife out of the mix.
Camille Cosby has been subpoenaed to be deposed on Jan. 6 in Springfield, Massachusetts in relation to a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who claim Bill sexually assaulted them years ago. According to Page Six, the action was put in place by Joseph Cammarata, the women's lawyers.
Cammarata says Camille should be questioned because she was her husband's business manager and he believes it's "relevant to the litigation in this matter."
But Cosby's lawyers beg to differ, filing a motion Friday to reject the subpoena. They believe Camille has no firsthand, non-repetitive knowledge of the issues in the lawsuit. The legal team also argues that any confidential communications between Bill and Camille are protected by the Massachusetts spousal disqualification rule.
"[The deposition is] nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to pressure defendant in the face of subjecting his wife to the shame and embarrassment of responding to questions about his alleged infidelities and sexual misconduct," Cosby's lawyers said in a statement.
Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie make up the seven women suing Bill for defamation. They believe representatives for the 78-year-old comedian painted them as liars after they came forward with their allegations.
Bill has since filed a countersuit against the seven women, claiming they've made "malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory accusations" against his character. He is seeking unspecified damages and demanding public retractions from the women.
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