Bill Cosby’s wife completes deposition, lawyer says

Published in The Boston Globe on April 19

Camille Cosby, the wife of embattled comedian Bill Cosby, has concluded her deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who have accused her husband of sexual assault, a lawyer said.

“Nobody is coming back,” said Joseph Cammarata, a lawyer for the women, speaking to reporters Tuesday. The deposition took place in the Back Bay law office of Holland & Knight, a firm representing the Cosbys.

While “some legal matters” could require further questions, “at this point in time” there is no plan to depose Cosby, 72, for a third day, Cammarata said.

Cosby answered questions under oath for five and a half hours, Cammarata said. He declined to characterize the questions or Cosby’s response.

“We think the information we gathered was (valuable to) the issues that are in our case meeting the liability, who’s telling the truth, and damages, what injuries did a particular party suffer,” Cammarata said.

Camille Cosby, a mother of five who has been married to the comedian for more than 50 years, was first questioned by lawyers in February at the Springfield Marriott hotel.

The seven women filed the lawsuit in federal court in Springfield, near the Cosbys’ home in Shelburne Falls. The women allege that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago and then branded them as liars after they went public with their claims more recently.

Camille Cosby had sought to prevent or at least limit her deposition, saying that she did not have any information about the accusers’ claims and that her conversations with her husband were protected under the state’s spousal privilege law.

A magistrate judge ruled earlier this month that she must continue it but prohibited ‘‘improper questions,’’ including those involving protected communications between spouses.

On Tuesday, Dan Small, a lawyer at Holland & Knight, read a statement defending the Cosbys.

“We spent an additional five hours today proving what lawyers knew from the beginning: Mrs. Cosby has no relevant, admissible information to offer in this case,” Small said. “Despite the new proper focus of the deposition and thanks to the court’s ruling limiting the worst of pointless abuses, Mrs. Cosby appeared today in a dignified and productive fashion. We are very pleased that the day is over and this distraction is now behind us.”

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