Lawyers for Bill Cosby released part of his wife’s February deposition from a civil suit, in which she reveals that she has never read the criminal complaint against her husband or his admissions to drugging women he wanted to have sex with and hiding affairs from her.
Cosby’s team released the 15-page excerpt of the deposition of Camille Cosby as proof that the Massachusetts civil suit should be delayed until after Cosby’s Pennsylvania criminal trial is finished.
The plaintiffs in the defamation suit against the comedian are Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz, who have publicly accused Cosby of sexual misconduct and claim that he has publicly defamed them.
The women are represented by attorney Joseph Cammarata, who agrees that the Pennsylvania criminal case should precede the lawsuit.
Cammarata, however, would like to continue interviewing witnesses in the meantime. Cosby’s team argues that doing so would cause their client to have the “unfair burden of simultaneous defense” — or defending himself in two related cases at the same time.
Cosby was charged December 30 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, one in a long line of accusers and the first to go to authorities (2005).
The part of the deposition that was released is a small excerpt of the February deposition of Camille Cosby that took place in a Springfield, Massachusetts hotel.
The excerpt shows that Camille Cosby, who is represented by four attorneys at the deposition, says she only became aware of Constand’s suit through her husband.
A deposition that Bill Cosby gave in 2005-2006 was obtained by CNN last year. It reveals that the 78-year-old Cosby allegedly admitted that he gave sedatives to women he was planning to have sex with and that he tried to hide affairs he had from his wife.
Cosby’s attorneys assert, among other arguments, that this case overlaps with the Constand case and that “there is a substantial risk that discovery … could be used against [Cosby] in the criminal case.”