Camille Cosby Seeks To Terminate Her Deposition After “Offensive” Questioning
Bill Cosby’s wife Camille is requesting that a judge terminates or limits her forthcoming second deposition. Her lawyers allege the questions being asked are “improper and offensive questions,” which touch upon her “sexual relations,” the 1997 death of Bill’s son, Ennis, and her political commentary, according to People
“These questions were irrelevant to the issues in this case and plainly were designed to annoy, embarrass and oppress the witness,” Mrs. Cosby’s lawyers wrote in a motion asking law officials to halt or fully terminate the deposition for April 18.
The deposition is part of a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who claim Cosby sexually assaulted them. Both parties attempted to settle this dispute through a phone call on March 8, 2016, but unfortunately could not reach an agreement.
Yet a federal judge had previously ruled that Camille does not need to answer any questions regarding private affairs on her marriage, but still has to testify.
“As Cammarata has demonstrated that the deposition of Mrs. Cosby has been taken in bad faith and to annoy, embarrass, and oppress her, the deposition should be terminated,” Camille’s lawyers wrote. “If the deposition is not terminated, it should be limited.”
Still, according to the motion, Joseph Cammarata, the lawyer for Cosby’s alleged victims, “repeatedly sought testimony protected by the maritto “al disqualification rule,” and looked for “irrelevant and improper opinion testimony from Mrs. Cosby regarding the honesty and integrity of her husband.”
Cammarata also filed another motion on Monday (March 15) requesting that the court appoints Magistrate Judge David Hennessy to oversee the rest of Camille’s deposition. Essentially, to “deter future deposition misconduct by Mrs. Cosby and her counsel.”
He also mentioned that Camille and her “purported attorney,” Monique Pressley, were interrupting the deposition by “improper instructions not to answer dozens of questions based upon an overbroad interpretation of the marital disqualification rule…a non-existent privilege of ‘privacy’ and the assertion of the attorney-client privilege regarding communications between Mrs. Cosby and a non-attorney.”
Lastly, he mentioned in another motion that Pressley had no legal permission to represent Camille in Massachusetts, and should not be allowed to file late paper work, or represent Cosby at all.
Cosby and Cammarata’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt declined to comment.