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Camille Cosby was subjected to intense questioning by the women's lawyer, who repeatedly pressed her to say whether she believes her husband "acted with a lack of integrity" during their 52-year marriage. The lawyer also asked if her husband used his position and power "to manipulate young women." Camille Cosby didn't answer those questions and many others after her lawyer cited marital privilege, the legal protection given to communications between spouses. She repeatedly said she had "no opinion" when pressed on whether she viewed her husband's behavior as dishonest and a violation of their marriage vows. About 50 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of forcing unwanted sexual contact on them decades ago. Cosby has denied the allegations. He faces a criminal case in Pennsylvania, where prosecutors have charged him with sexually violating a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. He has pleaded not guilty. Camille Cosby answered questions in the deposition Feb. 22 and again April 19 after her lawyers argued unsuccessfully to stop it. A judge ruled she would have to give a deposition but said she could refuse to answer questions about private communications between her and her husband. Camille Cosby's lawyer, Monique Pressley, repeatedly cited that privilege and advised her not to answer many questions asked by the women's lawyer, Joseph Cammarata. The exchanges between Cammarata and Cosby became testy at times, and she admonished him: "Don't lecture me. Just keep going with the questions." Using a transcript of a deposition Bill Cosby gave in a civil lawsuit filed by Constand in 2005 and a transcript of an interview she gave to Oprah Winfrey in 2000, Cammarata asked Camille Cosby about extramarital affairs her husband had. "Were you aware of your husband setting up trusts for the benefit of women that he had a sexual relationship with?" Cammarata asked. She didn't answer after her lawyer cited marital privilege. Cammarata asked her about Shawn Thompson, a woman who said Bill Cosby fathered her daughter, Autumn Jackson, in the 1970s. Jackson was convicted in 1997 of attempting to extort money from Bill Cosby to prevent her from telling a tabloid she's his daughter. He acknowledged he had an affair with her mother and had given her money. "Was it a big deal when this came up in the 1970s that your husband had — big deal to you that your husband had an extramarital affair and potentially had a daughter from that extramarital affair?" Cammarata asked. "It was a big deal then, yes," Camille Cosby replied. She said she had "no opinion" on whether her husband's admission he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex violated their marriage vows. Her lawyer objected and instructed her not to answer when Cammarata asked her if she ever suspected she had been given any type of drug to alter her state of consciousness when she had sex with her husband. A spokesman for the Cosbys declined to comment on her deposition. The Cosbys have a home in Shelburne Falls, an hour's drive from Springfield, where the lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed. An attorney handling a separate lawsuit against Bill Cosby revealed Friday that Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner provided sworn testimony Wednesday. In the sexual battery lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Judy Huth says Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15. Bill Cosby's former lawyers have accused Huth of attempting to extort him before filing the case and have tried unsuccessfully to have it dismissed. Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred, said Hefner's testimony will remain under seal for now. 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Every time you think radio broadcaster Don Imus and one of his long-time sidekicks, Sid Rosenberg, have sunk as low as possible, they find yet another way to dish even more slime.
Imus' latest offense involves referring to Black women on the Rutgers basketball team as "nappy-headed hos." The team, which has eight African Americans and two Whites, lost to Tennessee last week in the women's championship game.
The April 4 "Imus in the Morning" program, simulcast on MSNBC, contained this exchange:
DON IMUS: So, I watched the basketball game last night between — a little bit of Rutgers and Tennessee, the women's final.
SID ROSENBERG (Fired Imus sports announcer filling in for sportscaster Chris Carlin): Yeah, Tennessee won last night — seventh championship for (Tennessee coach) Pat Summitt, I-Man. They beat Rutgers by 13 points.
IMUS: That's some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and —
BERNARD McGUIRK (The program's executive producer): Some hard-core hos.
IMUS: That's some nappy-headed hos there. I'm gonna tell you that now, man, that's some — woo. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute, you know, so, like — kinda like — I don't know.
McGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing.
IMUS: Yeah.
McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes — that movie that he had.
IMUS: Yeah, it was a tough —
CHARLES McCORD [co-host]: Do The Right Thing.
McGUIRK: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
IMUS: I don't know if I'd have wanted to beat Rutgers or not, but they did, right?
ROSENBERG: It was a tough watch. The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the Toronto Raptors.
IMUS: Well, I guess, yeah.
LOU RUFFINO (engineer): Only tougher.
McGUIRK: The (Memphis) Grizzlies would be more appropriate.

Initially, Imus refused to apologize for the comments, saying people should relax and not worry about "some idiot comment meant to be amusing." On April 6, the idiot finally apologized for "an insensitive and ill-conceived remark."
McCord, the show's co-host, was evidently referring to Spike Lee's 1988 film, "School Daze," not "Do the Right Thing." In "School Daze," there was a rivalry between the dark-skinned "Jigaboos" and the light-skinned "Wannabees."
Rosenberg has been "fired" a couple of times from the Imus program, but keeps making guest appearances. The monitoring group, Media Matters for America, observed:
"Rosenberg's comparison of the Rutgers women's basketball team to the Raptors recalled comments he made in June 2001 about Venus and Serena Williams, two African American female professional tennis players. According to a Nov. 20, 2001, Newsday article, Rosenberg said on the air: "One time, a friend, he says to me, 'Listen, one of these days you're gonna see Venus and Serena Williams in Playboy.' I said, 'You've got a better shot at National Geographic.'"
Imus' belated apology notwithstanding, his program is a cesspool for racist and sexist remarks. Imus once referred to PBS anchor Gwen Ifill as "a cleaning lady" and McGuirk referred to Barack Obama as "this young colored fellah."
According to mediamatters.org, "On the March 6 edition of MSNBC's 'Imus in the Morning', executive producer Bernard McGuirk said that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., was 'trying to sound Black in front of a Black audience' when she gave a speech on March 4 in Selma, Ala., to commemorate the 1965 'Bloody Sunday' civil rights march. McGuirk added that Clinton 'will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with (Sen. Barack) Obama, D-Ill., is over.' Earlier in the program, in reference to Clinton's speech, McGuirk had said, 'Bitch is gonna be wearing cornrows.' McGuirk also said that Clinton will be 'giving Crips signs during speeches.' The Crips are a Los Angeles-based street gang.
"Later, host Don Imus brought up McGuirk's prior impersonations of African American poet Maya Angelou asking, 'Who was that woman you used to do, the poet? ... We used to get in all that trouble every time you'd do her.' As McGuirk launched into the impersonation, Imus said, 'I don't need any more columns. Come on.' But Imus did not stop McGuirk, who delivered his impression in verse:

McGUIRK: Whitey plucked you from the jungle for too many years
Took away your pride, your dignity, and your spears…
With freedom came new woes
Into whitey's world you was rudely cast
So wake up now and go to work?
You can kiss my big black (butt)"

It's time to wake up and insist that MSNBC, which claims to be a reputable television network, and CBS, the program's distributor, remove such raving idiots from the airwaves. If company officials refuse, we should refuse to watch their network or support their sponsors. You can e-mail MSNBC at viewerservices@msnbc.com, write them at: MSNBC TV, One MSNBC Plaza, Secaucus, N.J. 07094, or call 201-583-5000.
By allowing Imus to pollute the airwaves, MSNBC and CBS Radio are the entities acting like hos.


George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach.

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