New York Daily News

Cos’ wife finally forced to talk

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BILL COSBY’S long-suffering wife, who has stood by his side amid dozens of sexual assault allegation­s against him, was finally deposed Monday in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven of the comedian’s accusers.

Camille Cosby, 71, Bill’s wife of 52 years, answered questions under oath in a Springfiel­d, Mass., hotel after a judge ruled late Sunday that her deposition must proceed.

A lawyer for Bill Cosby’s accusers argued that because Camille Cosby has been the TV star’s wife and business manager, she could have useful informatio­n. All the public has heard from Camille Cosby have been supportive statements, some of which took aim at his accusers.

She was questioned under heavy security at the Springfiel­d Marriott, where hotel staff cordoned off an area near a conference room where she gave her deposition, which was sealed.

After numerous women went public with sexual assault allegation­s against her husband, Camille Cosby issued a supportive statement, calling him “a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend.”

The plaintiffs in the Massac chusetts defamation case are among about 50 who have accused Bill Cosby, 78, of sexual m misconduct.

Bill Cosby, meanwhile, successful­ly put off a second deposition by lawyer Gloria Allred in another suit.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan agreed the grilling should be d delayed until after Cosby’s March 8 preliminar­y hearing in his Pennsylvan­ia criminal case.

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