Wife of Bill Cosby, Camille Cosby has been ordered to give evidence in a defamation case filed by seven women accusing the comedian of sexual assault.
This decision follows a judge’s rejection of Camille Cosby's attempts to avoid testifying, after she claimed she was protected by a marital disqualification law. Judge Magistrate David Hennessey also rejected claims the value of her evidence would be undermined by the "undue burden" it would cause her.
"The arguments do not outweigh the potential significance of Camille Cosby's testimony, nor has Mrs Cosby provided any authority that they do," he said.
The women are claiming Mr. Cosby portrayed them as liars after they went public with their allegations against him. Mr. Cosby in turn has also filed a countersuit alleging their claims were only for financial gain.
The 78-year-old is also seeking unspecified monetary damages and said the women inflicted emotional distress. Camille Cosby is also her husband's business partner and the couplehave been married for more than 50 years.
Mr Cosby's accusers' legal claim alleges he and his representatives sought to tarnish their reputations after they went public with their claims of sexual misconduct.Mr Cosby has repeatedly denied the accusations.
His counter legal claim contends the women "engaged in a campaign to assassinate" his reputation and character.
He has, however, admitted in court proceedings he obtained and gave women sedatives over the years, but he maintained the women took the drugs willingly. Last week, prosecutors in Pennsylvania charged the comedian with an alleged sexual assault in 2004. It is the first time Mr Cosby has been charged with any offence after months of accusations by dozens of women.
He is currently on $1m (£675,000) bail.