SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for Bill Cosby’s wife are challenging a judge’s decision allowing her to be questioned under oath in a Massachusetts defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who allege Cosby sexually abused them decades ago.

Last month, Magistrate Judge David Hennessy refused to quash a subpoena from lawyers who want to depose Camille Cosby. Hennessy found that a marital disqualification rule in Massachusetts doesn’t apply to deposition testimony.

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In an appeal filed Thursday, Camille Cosby’s lawyers argued that the rule prohibits a spouse from testifying about private marital conversations in any court proceeding, including depositions.

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The women suing Cosby for defamation are among approximately 50 who have gone public over the last year with sexual misconduct allegations. He has denied the allegations and filed a countersuit suit against the women.

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