Bill Cosby is probably breathing a sigh of relief… for now, anyway.
On Tuesday, Judge David Hennessy granted the emergency motion to delay Camille Cosby's deposition in her husband's defamation case.
The 71-year-old's questioning was initially scheduled for Wednesday, but the U.S. Magistrate has ruled that it will be put off until after attorneys have had a chance to appeal his previous decision that ordered her to partake in the under-oath interview.
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"It would not serve (and in fact would offend) the 'interest of justice' for this court to deny the motion for a stay, and thereby effectively deny Mrs. Cosby any right to appeal. In fairness then Mrs. Cosby's deposition shall be stayed [postponed] pending her appeal."
The deposition of the scandalized star's wife was requested in a civil case in which seven women claim that the actor drugged and sexually assaulted them.
The accusers' lawyer, Joseph Cammarata, is not concerned that he'll lose the appeal, telling People:
"We're going to fight another day. The judge said they're entitled to an appeal and let them appeal and so he put the deposition on hold to allow them to appeal. I fully expect we will ultimately be able to take Mrs. Cosby's deposition."
The comedian and his attorneys have denied the ladies' allegations, and Camille has argued that she shouldn't have to testify against Bill because she's his spouse, and would have to face questions regarding his "sexual proclivities."
Now that this emergency motion has passed, it'll be interesting to see if the judge will also rule in favor of the appeal, since it looks like it will be heard by the same official who initially rejected her attempt to get out of the deposition in the first place.
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