Camille Cosby's Attorneys File Emergency Motion to Stop Her Deposition Wednesday
Bill Cosby’s attorneys filed an emergency motion Monday afternoon asking to delay Camille Cosby’s deposition on Wednesday pending the outcome of her appeal, according to a copy of the motion obtained by PEOPLE.
Cosby’s attorneys are appealing U.S. District Judge David Hennessy’s December 31st decision order saying the deposition can go forward.
However, the attorney who requested her deposition says he fully intends to proceed as planned.
“Absent a court order directing that she need not appear, we expect that she will honor the subpoena and give testimony,” attorney Joseph Cammarata tells PEOPLE exclusively.
The deposition will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Marriott hotel in Springfield, Massachusetts, according to a copy of the subpoena filed with the court by Cosby’s attorneys, a copy of which was obtained by PEOPLE.
Camille’s attorneys say she tried to get Cammarata to agree to postpone the deposition pending the outcome of her appeal but he refused and, “among other things, threatened to seek the assistance of federal marshals to compel Mrs. Cosby’s deposition on January 6,” according to the motion.
“Accordingly, Mrs. Cosby brings this emergency motion to stay her deposition so that the District Court may have a full opportunity to review the Magistrate’s order,” they wrote.
Camille had argued that, by law, she shouldn’t have to testify against her spouse and be subjected to questions regarding his “sexual proclivities.” But in his December 31 decision, Judge Hennessy denied the motion in its entirety, holding that her arguments had “no merit.”
“Mrs. Cosby’s dual role as defendants’ wife and business manager, render it at least plausible that Mrs. Cosby is in possession of information that is relevant to any party’s claim or defense and proportional to the needs of the case,” he wrote.
Camille Has Not Publicly Commented Since Cosby’s Arrest
Camille has not made any public comments about her husband recently. But in December 2014, she released a statement expressing her support for her husband.
“The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work,” she said in the statement. “He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew.”
Pressley has vowed to fight the aggravated indecent assault charge, calling it unjustified, while Cosby tweeted his thanks to supporters. Cosby is free on $1 million bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, January 14.
Attorney for Accusers Suing for Defamation Confident ‘Their Good Names and Reputations Will be Restored’
Cammarata represents seven Cosby accusers, including retired attorney Tamara Green who have filed defamation lawsuits against Bill Cosby for comments his representatives allegedly made to the media about them. Cosby, in turn, has filed defamation lawsuits against those seven women.
(Cosby has also sued model Beverly Johnson.)
Camille’s testimony is crucial for his case, Cammarata says.
“She’s probably the one person that has the most important, relevant information to this case,” he says. “She’s married to him for 50 years. She’s his business manager. Nothing more needs to be said.”
In October Green, one of the seven clients represented by Cammarata, told PEOPLE exclusively she was ready for her day in court.
“I want people to know I’m willing to tell the truth in front of a jury under penalty of perjury because it’s a true story and it needed to be told,” she told PEOPLE.
Cammarata says the same is true for all seven of his clients.
“We’ve been saying all along that we have chosen a forum where the truth can be tried and the rules apply fully and fairly to both sides,” he says.
“You can’t have both parties telling the truth so we’re going to have an ability to determine who the truth tellers are but I can say this: My clients remain resolute in their determination to bring this case before a jury of their peers and remain confident that in the end their good names and reputations will be restored.”