Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Tentative Date Set for Cosby Wife Deposition

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Tentative Date Set for Cosby Wife Deposition

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Now that he's facing criminal charges, Bill Cosby is not expected to be deposed next month in a lawsuit accusing him of defaming seven women who say he sexually assaulted them, lawyers in the case said Wednesday. But his wife Camille Cosby might end up taking his place.

Lawyers in the Massachusetts lawsuit discussed holding off on Bill Cosby's deposition following the comedian's Dec. 30 arrest in Pennsylvania for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman inside his home near Philadelphia in 2004. The criminal charges are the first to be brought against Cosby.

Joseph Cammarata, an attorney for the seven women, said he hopes to depose Cosby's wife on Feb. 22, the day Bill Cosby had been scheduled to be deposed in the separate civil suit playing out near Cosby's home in western Massachusetts.

But that date, Cammarata said, is contingent on a number of factors, including an appeal Cosby's lawyers are expected to file challenging U.S. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy's decision to reject their bid to dismiss the subpoena.

The judge on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Cosby's lawyers that would have kept a significant amount of material in the case out of the public eye. Instead, Hennessy proposed more limited protections focused on certain sensitive information that might be disclosed in depositions, such as Social Security numbers, bank accounts and addresses.

The proposed order, to be put in writing later this month, would not affect other materials and documents gathered in the pretrial discovery phase.

"It was a compromise, and I think it was fair, Cammarata said after the hearing. "This is an appropriate order protecting what may be legitimate concerns for confidentiality on a question-by- question basis. It's not a unilateral blanket protection. It's very limited in scope.

Cosby's lawyers, who declined to comment after the hearing, initially sought to have all depositions and documents produced during the pretrial discovery phase kept confidential for up to 14 days. …

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