There have been many instances where I have thought back on my own practices and have wanted to go slap past me in the face.
Thankfully, I did not have the past of one Bill Cosby.
After a slew of sexual assault claims, broken internet silences, and an onslaught of fan hate mail targeted at her husband, Cosby's wife is finally being called to the stand for questions regarding her husband's behaviour.
Camille Cosby will be deposed in Wednesday's upcoming trial, brought by seven young women who claim Cosby sexually assaulted them several years ago. Mrs. Cosby will be made to testify as to her husband's actions and character.
After her lawyer's failed attempts to keep the couple's private life, including their conversations, out of the trial, a Massachusetts court ruled in favour of the seven young women and called Mrs. Cosby to the stand.
"She has important information as his business manager and, of course, as his wife of 52 years,” Joseph Cammarata, the attorney for the women, said about Camille Cosby. “We hope to learn information that is relevant to the claims which are an issue in this case, including Mr. Cosby’s relationship with other women.”
Dozens of women have come forward claiming Cosby drugged and sexually abused them. In the following outrage and call for action, several of these women have teamed up, appearing on a New York magazine cover, sparking #TheEmptyChair campaign. This campaign welcomes others to share their stories of abuse safely.
While this particular lawsuit was filed in late 2014, the time when Cosby "drugged and/or sexually assaulted" these women was between 1962 and 1992. Cosby promptly denied his past when these claims first became public, claiming they “have caused and continue to cause him to suffer substantial injuries and damages to reputation, business contracts, shame, mortification, damages to property, business, trade, profession and occupation.”
As of January 3, 2016, 57 women have come forward as part of #TheEmptyChair. Mrs. Cosby's testimony could help turn the tide of this lawsuit, but the direction will only be determined by who she believes.