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Bill Cosby Comedian's wife forced to testify in defamation lawsuit

Camille Cosby must testify in the defamation lawsuit brought by seven women against her husband.

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Bill and Camille Cosby

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Bill Cosby's mess is now his wife's mess!

According to reports, Camille Cosby must testify in the defamation lawsuit brought by seven women against her husband.

In an interview with AP earlier this month, Cosby (pictured with his wife) refused to comment on recent allegations that he had assaulted women. He later asked AP to cut out that part of the interview play

In an interview with AP earlier this month, Cosby (pictured with his wife) refused to comment on recent allegations that he had assaulted women. He later asked AP to cut out that part of the interview

(AP)

 

A federal judge in Massachusetts has denied a motion brought by Mrs. Cosby to avoid giving testimony at a deposition in a lawsuit brought by seven different women who allege her husband sexually assaulted them.

"I find no merit in Mrs. Cosby's arguments, and accordingly deny her motion in its entirety," U.S. Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy said in the December.31 ruling.

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Bill Cosby and Andrea Constand

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The judge's ruling came a day after the iconic star was charged with felony aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004.

The 78-year-old comedian was arraigned on Wednesday, December 30 in Philadelphia but was later released after posting $1 million bail.

READ MORE: Hollywood stars react to Bill Cosby 's arrest

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Bill Cosby goes into custody

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Camille was subpoenaed in early December as part of a defamation lawsuit that was brought against her husband by Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie. The women, who have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them between 1969 and 1992, said Cosby's statements denying the accusations were false and defamatory.

"The Court's ruling is a significant development. We will conduct a thorough examination in pursuit of the truth.," Tamara Green's attorney Joseph Cammarata tells People magazine.

READ MORE: Bill Cosby finally admits to drugging women

n 1996, Bill Cosby (l) Johnnetta Cole, president of Spelman (c) and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby (r) shared a moment after the unveiling of the plaque honoring Cosby's contribution to build the Cosby Academic Center at Spelman. play

n 1996, Bill Cosby (l) Johnnetta Cole, president of Spelman (c) and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby (r) shared a moment after the unveiling of the plaque honoring Cosby's contribution to build the Cosby Academic Center at Spelman.

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Camille argued that by law she shouldn't have to testify against her spouse and be subjected to questions regarding his "sexual proclivities." But that didn't sit well with the judge.

"The attorneys for Mrs. Cosby intend to appeal the decision," Cosby's attorney Monique Pressley wrote in a statement.

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