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.