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Cosby's wife wants to avoid questions in defamation suit

"Are we going to talk about the sexual history? Of course. Are we going to talk about the extramarital activity? Yes."
Bill Cosby and his wife Camille arrive at the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts Reuters

Lawyers for BillCosby'swifeand business manager Camille Cosby will ask a judge on Tuesday to spare her from answeringfurtherquestionsrelated to a lawsuitby seven women who claim the comedian sexually assaulted them.

CamilleCosby'slawyers have accused the attorneys for the seven women of acting improperly during a Feb. 22 deposition about the lawsuit, one of a series of actions by women who have accused Bill Cosby of sex abuse, toppling him from his position as one of the United States' best-loved entertainers.

"Plaintiffs' counsel, Joseph Cammarata, asked Mrs. Cosby a litany of improper and offensive questions, includingquestionsregarding her own sexual relations, her own political commentary, and the death of theCosby'sson in 1997," they said in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. "Thesequestionswere irrelevant to the issues in this case and plainly were designed to annoy, embarrass, and oppress the witness."

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Cammarata has previously defended asking Camille Cosby, 72, directquestionsabout sex, saying it was appropriate given the subject matter involved. The seven women have sued Bill Cosby fordefamation, saying that he lied when he denied sexually assaulting them.

"Are we going to talk about the sexual history? Of course. Are we going to talk about the extramarital activity? Yes," Cammarata said in a January hearing. "We already know these subject matters."

More than 50 women have accused Bill Cosby, best known for his role as the father character in the 1980s television hit "The Cosby Show" of sexually assaulting them, often after plying them with drugs and alcohol, in a string of incidents dating back decades.

Most of the alleged crimes are too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution. But authorities in Pennsylvania charged the 78-year-old entertainer with sexually assaulting a woman in 2005.

Cosby, who is out on bail, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

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U.S. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy, who will preside over Tuesday's hearing in Worcester, Massachusetts, last week ruled that anyfurtherdepositions of Bill Cosby related to thesuitwill be postponed until after the Pennsylvania criminal charges are resolved.

Tamara Green filed the Massachusetts lawsuitin December 2014. She was later joined by six other women who say Cosby sexually assaulted or abused and defamed them by calling them liars.

Cosby has counter sued, accusing the women of defaming him.

 
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