A judge in Massachusetts has forced Bill Cosby's wife to testify under oath in the civil defamation case against him, by rejecting her arguments that it would impose 'an undue burden.'
Her deposition is scheduled for January 6, and it will be the first time she has answered questions under oath about the 57 women who have alleged sexual abuse by her husband. The Cosby's have been married for nearly fifty-two years.
The Massachusetts civil lawsuit against Cosby was filed in December 2014 by Tamara Green and ultimately joined by six other women who each publicly accused Cosby of sexually abusing them. Cosby's response was to call them liars, thus defaming them.
In his New Year's Eve ruling, the judge also rejected Camille Cosby's claim that she had no first-hand knowledge of the events at issue.
Meanwhile, Cosby is free on $1 million bail after being charged in the sole criminal case to result from the numerous accusations against him. In nearly all other instances, a statute of limitations has protected Cosby from prosecution. But the current case involves an assault on Andrea Constand that allegedly took place in 2004.
The three charges of aggravated indecent assault in the Costand case are second-degree felonies that could each result in a sentence of ten years in prison.
During all the accusations and counter-accusations, Camille Cosby has maintained a somewhat condescending near-silence, suggesting that people should disregard any negative talk about her husband. She is highly regarded in the Black community as a philanthropist and role model. Oprah Winfrey is a friend and unequivocal admirer.
But it's hard for many to accept that Bill Cosby's conduct throughout their marriage could have transpired unnoticed by Camille Cosby, who has also been his business manager.
At least one of Cosby's accuser's has said that Mrs. Cosby was in the house at the time of the alleged assault.
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.