Camille Cosby Gets 'Combative' When Questioned About Bill
She refused to answer dozens of questions over eight hours of deposition
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2016 10:24 AM CDT
Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille appear at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in 2009.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(Newser) – Camille Cosby refused to answer dozens of questions about her famous husband during two days of deposition back in February, USA Today reports. According to ABC News, a transcript of the deposition released Friday shows Camille cited "spousal privilege" in her refusal to answer questions more than a dozen times alone. Other times she refused without giving a reason or just left the room, NBC News reports. The deposition was part of a defamation suit against Bill Cosby brought by seven women who accused him of sexual assault and say they were branded liars in response. Bill has countersued them for defamation, as well. The Cosbys' legal team had tried to get Camille out of the deposition, but a federal judge insisted.

Among the questions Camille refused to answer: what honesty means, if Bill "acted with a lack of integrity," if it is "dishonest" or "deceitful" to give Quaaludes to someone in order to have sex with them, if Bill used his status to "manipulate young women, and if Bill "betrayed the sanctity of [her] marital home." She did say she had no idea Bill allegedly gave drugs to women and had sex with them throughout their 52 years of marriage. ABC describes the eights hours total of deposition—during which Camille was read parts of a 2005 deposition in which Bill talked about having sex with one of his accusers in the 1970s—as "combative."
 

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