Security Tight as Camille Cosby Testifies

She invoked spousal privilege more than a dozen times
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2016 2:20 AM CST
Security Tight as Camille Cosby Testifies
This Oct. 26, 2009, photo shows Bill Cosby entering the Kennedy Center with his wife, Camille, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

"I get the feeling she didn't want to be there," a lawyer for seven women suing Bill Cosby told reporters after Camille Cosby spent more than seven hours giving a deposition at a Massachusetts hotel on Monday. NBC News reports that security was tight at the Springfield Marriott as she testified, with reporters kept from getting near the conference room. Black curtains shielded the area in question from view, and security manned all entrances. Joseph Cammarata, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told reporters that she was "reserved" and her testimony lasted just 2.5 hours, with exchanges between the rival teams of lawyers taking up the rest of the time. The plaintiffs all accuse Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them.

Lawyers for Camille Cosby—who defended her husband of 52 years after dozens of women came forward with accusations—invoked spousal privilege more than a dozen times, Cammarata says. The lawyer didn't discuss her testimony, but he said she was clearly in a position to know a lot about Cosby, the AP reports. "She's his wife," he said. "She has the ability to live with him, be with him" and "understand who he associates with." She will return for the second part of the deposition on March 14. (Camille Cosby had sought to postpone the deposition, arguing that it would create an "unnecessary media circus" that "serves no purpose other than to harass and embarrass her.")

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