Camille Cosby Forced To Testify At Husband's Upcoming Trial

Entertainment | 01/02/2016 | 01:46 PM EST

A Massachusetts judge denies Bill Cosby's lawyer's motion to bar his wife from sitting for a deposition connected to a defamation of character lawsuit filed against him

Bill Cosby's motion to bar his wife Camille Cosby from sitting for a deposition in a defamation of character lawsuit filed against him has been denied by a Massachusetts court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy ruled:

"I find no merit in Mrs. Cosby's arguments, and accordingly deny her motion in its entirety."

"She argues that her subpoena threatens 'the strong public interest in encouraging the protection of marital communications' and mentions in passing 'the shame and embarrassment of responding to questions about defendant's alleged infidelities and sexual misconduct."

"While these are not unimportant considerations, they do not outweigh the potential significance of Mrs. Cosby's testimony. … Mrs. Cosby's dual role as defendants' wife and business manager, render it at least plausible that Mrs. Cosby is in possession of information that is 'relevant to any party's claim or defense and proportional to the needs of the case

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Filed in late 2015, the embattled comedian's lawyer filed the motion citing the Massachusetts spousal disqualification rule.

Camille Cosby
 has been subpoenaed to be deposed on January 6 in Springfield, Massachusetts in relation to the defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who claim Bill sexually assaulted them years ago.

Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie make up the seven female plaintiffs.

Mrs. Cosby plans to appeal the ruling.

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