Transcript sheds light on Camille Cosby’s contentious questioning session
Bill Cosby‘s wife, Camille Cosby, refused to answer a multitude of questions during her deposition last month, according to newly unsealed court papers.
Papers relating to the deposition reveal a 98-item list of questions that Cosby was instructed not to answer during the grilling.
While a partial transcript of the deposition, taken Feb. 22 in Springfield, Massachusetts, is redacted due to confidentiality, the intact portions provide some insight into the contentious nature of the deposition. At one point, plaintiffs’ attorney Joseph Cammarata threatened to call the judge after Cosby refused to answer a question, a refusal that Cammarata called “outrageous.”
At another point, Cosby attempted to refuse to answer a question about whether she had discussed her husband’s testimony in a deposition he sat for in a lawsuit brought against him by Andrea Constand.
“I don’t want to answer that,” Cosby said.
Eventually, Cosby lawyer Monique Pressley told her that she could answer the question, to which Cosby replied, “Okay. Yes.”
Bill Cosby is being sued by a number of his accusers — including Tamara Green, Linda Traitz and Therese Serignese — who claim that the comedian defamed them by denying through his representatives their claims that he had sexually assaulted them.
In the days leading up to Camille Cosby’s deposition, a judge ruled that she could refuse to answer questions prohibited by Massachusetts’ marital disqualification rule. Cosby had sought to avoid the deposition altogether.
Bill Cosby has been accused of rape or sexual assault by dozens of women and has been hit with multiple lawsuits, as well as a criminal charge in Pennsylvania stemming from Constand’s allegations that the comedian drugged and molested her in his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
The comedian has denied the allegations and in some cases has filed suit against his accusers.