Camille Cosby has been desperately trying to keep out of the public eye over the past year, as her husband Bill Cosby faced allegations from over fifty women of rape and sexual abuse. But now, the TV icon's partner of more than half a century will be forced to tell all in a deposition for a lawsuit brought against him by seven of his accusers.
A federal judge in Massachussets ruled that Mrs. Cosby must be deposed for her knowledge of the actor's alleged misdeeds, despite her best efforts to be excused on grounds that she shouldn't have to testify against her husband. “I find no merit in Mrs. Cosby’s arguments, and accordingly deny her motion in its entirety,” US Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy said in the ruling.
Part of the reason is that Mrs. Cosby served as her husband's manager. “Mrs. Cosby’s dual role as defendant’s 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,'” Hennessy wrote in the 12-page opinion.
The decision came just a day after Cosby was arrested on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, making this possibly the worst week ever for the couple. Mrs. Cosby will have to give her deposition on January 6.
Meanwhile, Cosby broke his own silence amid the criminal charges and lawsuits, sharing a simple message of gratitude for his few remaining fans:
Things are sure to get even more explosive for the Cosbys in the new year. Catch up with the latest on the scandal in the video above.
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