Camille Cosby Forced To Return For Second Deposition in Defamation Suit

U.S. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy ruled today Tuesday April 12, 2016 that Bill Cosby’s wife Camille Cosby must sit through a second deposition. The deposition is for a defamation lawsuit filed by Tamara Green and six other women who claim Cosby defamed them by calling them liars after he denied their claims of sexual assault. The seven women are suing Cosby for a large undisclosed amount of money. Bill Cosby has always denied any wrongdoings and has countersued, accusing the women of defaming him.

In February, Camille Cosby, 71, was forced to testify against her husband in Massachusetts, even though her attorneys fought for months to prevent her from being deposed. Her attorneys argued spousal privileges, and that Mrs. Cosby “has had no involvement with the facts or allegations underlying this defamation case.”

The federal judge denied the request to end the deposition and ordered Camille Cosby to be deposed with limited questioning for a second time.

Daniel Small, one of Camille Cosby’s lawyers have accused plaintiffs’ counsel, Joseph Cammarata of acting improperly during the February 22 deposition even asking improper questions about her sex life and the death of her son.

Cosby’s attorneys believe these questions didn’t serve a purpose in this particular case and “were designed to annoy, embarrass and oppress the witness.”

“This is not a close call, your honor,” Small said. “The plaintiff cannot abuse or harass a witness with questions that are obviously embarrassing and of questionable relevance … We need some rules here.”

Judge David H. Hennessy told Joseph Cammarata, “We are not going to have a repeat of last time, I can assure you,” “You are not going to ask her if she was asleep while having sex … you crossed the line.”

Hennessy was referring to one of several questions about sex or drugs cited by Daniel Small, one of Camille Cosby’s lawyers, who claimed they were inappropriate and “not discovery, just harassment.”

Judge Hennessy  agreed with Small, on the issue of not allowing Cosby’s wife to testify about her opinion of her husband’s character, however, sparring with Cammarata on the issue in open court.

Hennessy set the deposition for April 19th. Hennessy ruled that the new deposition will be limited to five hours and 45 minutes, with the two sides agreeing to move it to a Boston hotel.

Cosby’s attorney asked that the second part of the depositions be moved to Boston and offered their law offices, but Cammarata asked for the Copley Marriott instead.

According to Boston Herald Small shrugged and said Cammarata could use the Marriott if he wanted to pay for it. The judge seemed to find amusement in that request and stated “Maybe he needs the miles.”

For some reason the judge seems to be pushing for a settlement and asked again about whether any mediation for a settlement would be possible; but Cosby’s lawyer said “at this point, mediation would not be worthwhile.”

“I would encourage Mr. Cosby to revisit that decision,” Hennessy said.

 

Hennessy ruled last week that any further depositions of Bill Cosby related to the suit will be postponed indefinitely until Bill Cosby’s pending case in Pennsylvania.

 

After the ruling attorneys representing Camille O. Hanks-Cosby released a statement:

“We are very gratified by the court’s decision today. While not agreeing to terminate the deposition, the court granted Mrs. Cosby’s request to limit the types of questions she could be asked going forward, prohibiting plaintiffs from asking improper questions, questions seeking her opinion, and questions involving marital communications. We are also pleased the court rightly denied plaintiffs motion to compel as well as their motion to disqualify counsel on both procedural and substantive grounds.”

10 thoughts on “Camille Cosby Forced To Return For Second Deposition in Defamation Suit

  1. I’m glad that some limitations have been set on the second deposition, for the sake of the Cosby’s right to some privacy. PEACE!!!

  2. I’m still not on board with the whole spousal privilege being compromised by forcing Dr Camille Cosby into a deposition on a meritless lawsuit. It’s some comfort knowing the lawyer for these discredited women failed in his efforts to remove Monique Pressley from e deposition process & assurances have been made by the court to prevent Dr Camille Cosby from further harassment and the attempts made to circumvent her legal rights beyond what s already occurred.
    It’s still a disgrace that this kind of frivolous lawsuit has prevented Dr Cosby from speaking out to the public and to his millions of fans around the world. Especially since his army of discredited accusers have been solicited by the media to share their manufactured sex crimes in exchange for cash. The courts need to end this lawsuit and rule Dr Cosby has the right to defend himself & call these lies out for the lies they are. Until that occurs this is nothing more than a one sided media sponsored lynch mob. It’s something the judges making these rulings are either afraid to confront or are in support of. The ongoing willingness of the courts to allow these 7 con artists free reign while their intended victim remains silenced is a clear indication of how biased and unfair this case has become.

  3. I’m Staying Behind Camille Cosby And Bill Cosby And Rest Of My Cosby’s Friends And Fans

  4. Tamara Green should find great familiarity with Boston, as she spent three months there, abusing an 11 year old boy there and knows it, lying to his mother about how he was doing, however, his strapping marks came home with him! Let’s not forget that is called ‘child abuse’ and the mental scars in addition to the whippings, still live with this individual! And this was 38 years past.

  5. Tamara Green should find great familiarity with Boston, as she spent three months there, abusing an 11 year old boy there and knows it, lying to his mother about how he was doing, however, his strapping marks came home with him! Let’s not forget that is called ‘child abuse’ and the mental scars in addition to the whippings, still live with this individual! And this was 38 years past.

    1. wow thats so sad, this is not the first time hearing that she was abusive and also participated in some unlawful acts and attorney

    2. wow thats so sad, this is not the first time hearing that she was abusive and also participated in some unlawful acts and attorney

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