Despite the last minute emergency motions filed by Bill Cosby’s attorneys to halt the proceedings, Camille Cosby was forced by court order to testify Monday morning about her husband's behavior.
She was deposed in a suit filed by seven women charging that Bill Cosby and his representatives defamed them by calling them liars when they came forward with their allegations of assault.
The deposition, at a Marriott hotel, is the first testimony from Mrs.Cosby since 50-plus women went public with allegations that Cosby sexually assaulted them.
The world has been waiting to hear from Camille Cosby about her stance toward her husband, in the wake of all that has transpired since her one tweet last year that sought to depict him as a victim.
Will she finally speak out as a wronged woman? Or will she continue to remain loyal to her husband, no matter what?
Joseph Cammarata, the lead plaintiffs’ attorney, said before the deposition:
She is someone close to him for 50 years. Finally, we can vindicate our clients.
Cammarata maintains that the testimony of Camille Cosby, who has served as her husband’s business manager, is key to learning about Cosby's 'relationship to her and his relationship to other women.'
Monique Pressley, one of Cosby's defense attorneys, had argued against using the Marriott hotel as a venue, claiming that the news media would
intimidate or emotionally aggravate this witness.
Well, we can't have that. Poor Camille!
The judge, however, responded that it wasn't the first time a 'deposition of some notoriety' has taken place at the hotel.
Before Mrs. Cosby's arrival, a row of black curtains was erected to block reporters’ view of the proceedings in a hotel meeting room.
Occasionally, the media could hear chatter and laughter from behind the curtains, according to the Washington Post. In an amusing twist (to me, anyway) the other event in the meeting area was the Brazilian Blowout Roadshow.
The judge ruled that Mrs. Cosby 'may refuse to answer deposition questions which call for testimony prohibited by the marital disqualification rule' but her communications with Cosby as his manager are not protected.
Cosby is scheduled to be deposed in the civil suit in March.
Famous Female Rape Apologists—From Diane Keaton To Barbara Walters!
Serena Williams on Stuben rape victims: “Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”
Mia Farrow testifying on behalf of Roman Polanski:
“Of his frame of mind when we were there, of what we talked about, of his utter sense of loss, of despair and bewilderment and shock and love - a love he had lost. Of this I can be sure. I would not have left him in Elaine's unattended without trusted friends ...”
Judy Finnegan on convicted rapist footballer Ched Evans:
“He’s served his time. The rape and I am not, please, by any means minimising any kind of rape – but the rape was not violent. He didn’t cause any bodily harm to the person. It was unpleasant, in a hotel room, I believe, and she was – she had far too much to drink. That is reprehensible, but he has been convicted and he has served his time. Now when he comes out, what are we supposed to do? Just actually refuse to let him do his job? Again, even though he has already been punished?”
Helen Mirren on convicted rapist Mike Tyson: "It’s such a tricky area, isn’t it? Especially if there is no violence. I mean, look at Mike Tyson. I don’t think he was a rapist. I guess it is one of the many subtle parts of the men/women relationship that has to be negotiated and worked out between them.”
Diane Keaton on Woody Allen:
"He's the strongest person I've met in my life. He's made of steel. And talk about a work ethic – he's one of the people that really did teach me that you have to work hard. But he wanted to. He's the most disciplined person I've known, with the exception of my dad... Oh, well, yes. I love him."
"I have nothing to say about that. Except: I believe my friend."
Debra Winger on Roman Polanski:
“We hope today this latest (arrest) order will be dropped. It is based on a three-decades-old case that is dead but for minor technicalities. We stand by him and await his release and his next masterpiece.
“We came to Zurich to honor Roman Polanski as a great artist but under these sad and arcane circumstances we can only think of him today as a human being uncertain of the year ahead. His life has always informed his art and it always will.”
Barbara Walters on Woody Allen:
"I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, as loving and as caring as Woody is and Soon-Yi to these two girls. I don't know about Dylan. I can only tell you what I have seen now. That it's a good marriage, and he's a loving, caring father. I think that has to be said."
Whoopi Goldberg on Roman Polanski and Samantha Geimer:
“I know it wasn't rape-rape. It was something else but I don't believe it was rape-rape. He went to jail and and when they let him out he was like "You know what this guy's going to give me a hundred years in jail I'm not staying, so that's why he left.”
Vanessa Bryant's husband (and meal ticket) Kobe raped a 19-year-old girl but Vanessa got a giant ring out of the incident, so clearly alls well that ends well there.