Bill Cosby's Accusers Subpoena His Wife Camille
Yet another new twist came this week in the unending saga between entertainer Bill Cosby and the dozens of women who've accused him of sexual assault.
The seven accusers who Cosby countersued on Monday for defamation originally sued the 78-year-old for defamation after they claim Cosby portrayed them publicly as liard after they came forward with sexual assault allegations.
Now, the seven accusers have subpoenaed Cosby's wife Camille and Cosby's camp is fighting to keep her out of the legal morass.
On Friday, Cosby's attorneys filed papers in federal court arguing that Mrs. Cosby should not have to give a deposition because she has no "first-hand knowledge" of the women's claims.
Cosby attorneys said "Information that was the subject of confidential communications between Mrs. Cosby and defendant is protected by Massachusetts' spousal disqualification rule."
However, attorneys for the seven accusers claim they don't want to speak to Cosby's wife at all--they want to speak to his manager.
Camille Cosby, who has publicly stood by her actor husband amid a flood of sexual assault allegations, is herself an accomplished businesswoman who acts as Bill Cosby's business manager.
Mrs. Cosby spoke out in support of her husband in a statement released in December 2014 by Cosby's publicist,
"He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend," she said in the 210-word statement. "He is the man you thought you knew."
The seven women named in the suit are Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.
Joseph Cammarata, an attorney for the women, could not be reached outside business hours over the weekend.
His clients are among around 50 women who've come forward over the last year to accuse Cosby of some form of sexual misconduct.
Cosby contends the women’s assertions are “nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to extract financial gain from him.”
Cosby has never been charged and has outright denied some of the allegations. An attorney for Mr. Cosby could not be reached on Saturday morning.