Lawyers for Bill Cosby succeeded in stalling Camille Cosby’s upcoming deposition in a Massachusetts defamation suit against her husband. Camille’s deposition had been scheduled for Wednesday.
Magistrate Judge David Hennessy on Tuesday granted Cosby’s wife an emergency motion for a stay of her deposition so that she can appeal the Dec. 31 order to appear.
The move delays an earlier decision that Camille would be forced to testify in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who accuse the comedian of sexually assaulting them decades ago.
Lawyers for Camille Cosby claim the delay is needed because plaintiffs “intend to disclose Mrs. Cosby’s deposition testimony, including her private marital conversations to the press,” according to ABC News.
“The judge deemed it fair to allow her to appeal,” Joseph Cammarata, an attorney who represents the seven women, tells USA TODAY. “We’re confident that ultimately we will be able to take Mrs. Cosby’s deposition.” No timeline has been set.
The couple has been married for almost 52 years and Camille Cosby is her husband’s business partner. She is not a defendant in the lawsuit against Bill Cosby.
In a separate case, Cosby was charged last week in Pennsylvania with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 inside his home near Philadelphia, the first criminal case brought against him after over 50 women spoke out with allegations against him spanning decades. His lawyers called the charges unjustified and said they expected Cosby to be exonerated.