Camille Cosby, wife of comedian Bill Cosby, refused to answer questions at least 98 times during her recent deposition for her husband’s defamation lawsuit, citing attorney-client or marital privilege each time.
Cosby had been ordered to testify in a lawsuit filed by seven women who claim that Bill Cosby defamed them after they said that he had sexually assaulted them, the Washington Post reports.
Camille, 71, repeatedly refused to answer whether or not she was aware of the various lawsuits facing her husband. The deposition became public when a transcript was filed earlier this week in Massachusetts.
According to the Post, Cosby even said she was not aware of the very lawsuit for which she was currently being deposed.
“I don’t know,” she answered.
An attorney for the women who are suing Bill Cosby grew impatient with Camille, but it was to no avail.
“Let me just say one thing just to be clear, Mrs. Cosby, that your refusal to answer as a witness, you just can’t refuse to answer a question,” Cammarata said.
The Wrap reports that Cammarata became increasingly frustrated with Camille and threatened to call a judge after she refused to answer a question. He told reporters after the proceedings that a magistrate judge was in fact called two times.
But Camille continued to insist that she never read the deposition and was unaware of the facts in the decade-old Andrea Constand case, in which Bill Cosby admitted to acquiring Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with. That deposition became public last July and was widely publicized. Then this past December, Bill Cosby was charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania as a result of Constand’s allegations that he drugged and assaulted her in 2004.
The Washington Post writes that the deposition was “the first time that Camille Cosby has provided testimony since more than 50 women went public with allegations that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted and, in several instances, drugged them. The behavior, the women allege, spanned decades, dating to the 1960s.”
Bill Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations and his lawyers fought for weeks to keep Camille from having to give the deposition at all.
When it was all over, Camille had sat for seven hours in a room at the Springfield Marriott but gave only 2 and a half hours of testimony.
I got the sense that she didn’t want to be there today,” Cammarata told the Post following the proceedings.