Camille Cosby’s deposition delayed in Bill Cosby defamation lawsuit

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A judge has issued a last-minute order that will delay the scheduled deposition of Bill Cosby’s wife in a defamation lawsuit against the embattled comedian.

Cosby’s legal team has been trying to prevent Camille Cosby from being deposed by attorneys for the eight women who have sued him for defamation.

The women claim that Cosby let his defense team paint them as liars after they came accused him of sexual assault.

Previous defense motions to prevent the deposition had been unsuccessful, and Camille Cosby was slated to be deposed Monday morning.

On Saturday, the defense filed one more motion asking to stop the planned deposition, stating that “a 71-year-old woman who has had no involvement with the facts or allegations underlying this case will be forced to testify on February 22 at a public and unsecured venue, creating an unnecessary media circus and personal security threat that serves no purpose other than to harass and embarrass her.”

The lawyer for the plaintiffs filed a response asking Judge Mark Mastroianni to reject the motion and allow the deposition to proceed as planned.

Mastroianni on Sunday granted Cosby’s team the delay they sought and called a hearing for Monday morning to hear arguments on this issue.

The hearing will take place at federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Tamara Green, who has accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 1970, filed the defamation lawsuit against Cosby, in December 2014.

By Mariano Castillo and Vivian Kuo