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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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LONDON (CNN) -- As radio pranks go, it was irreverent on-air fare: Two DJs, impersonating Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, trick a nurse to get details about the hospitalization of Prince William's pregnant wife.

A nurse who was a victim of the stunt, Jacintha Saldanha, apparently committed suicide Friday, King Edward VII Hospital said in a statement 
 

The fallout from Saldanha's death has stretched around the globe, from Britain to Australia -- with questions being raised about how far is too far in the effort to find out details about the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy.
 

"Pranksters Face World Fury," screams the front-page headline of the UK's Daily Mirror, while Daily Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon said it was "not so funny to hear two grown adults call up a hospital ward full of sick people to try to scam information about one of them."


The two Australian DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, behind the practical joke are under fire, with some using the phrase "blood on your hands" to condemn their actions on the Sydney-based radio station 2DayFM.


The DJs have since apologized, and "mutually decided" to go off the air for an undetermined period, Rhys Holleran, CEO of the Southern Cross Austereo media group, said Saturday during a news conference. 
 

Holleran said he was "very confident that we haven't done anything illegal."


"This is a tragic event that could not have been reasonably foreseen and we are deeply saddened by it," he said. 


The Australian Communications and Media Authority, the country's media regulator, has not yet commented on the case. 


However, it will be "engaging with the licensee, Today FM Sydney, around the facts and issues surrounding the prank call," said the regulator's chairman, Chris Chapman.


A spokesman for David Cameron said the prime minister "thinks this is a very sad case and his thoughts are with her family and colleagues."


London's Metropolitan Police said Saturday that Saldanha, 46, had work-provided living quarters in central London. A post-mortem examination will be held next week.



News of Saldanha's death broke Friday, with the hospital saying she "was recently the victim of a hoax call." 



Police said they were notified Friday morning that a woman was found unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 



Police are treating the death as "unexplained."



Audio of the call posted online suggests a woman spoke briefly to the DJs before she put the call through early Tuesday morning to the ward where Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, was being treated for acute morning sickness. 



Throughout the controversy surrounding the hoax, authorities did not identify the nurse. Her identity was released after her death. 



"They were the world's worst accents ever. We were sure 100 people at least before us would've tried the same thing. ... We were expecting to be hung up on -- we didn't even know what to say when we got through," Greig told listeners Thursday. 



Off the air, Greig and Christian tweeted about the practical joke on Thursday and earlier Friday, promising "more on the #royalprank." The pair's Twitter accounts were taken down late Friday. 



Some listeners applauded the prank, like one who identified himself as Guido on the station's Facebook page and wrote, "It is only a joke people! it was great i love it!!!" 



Others were outraged, with such negative comments outnumbering positive ones on 2DayFM's Facebook page before the nurse's death.



"Your stunt was done at a time in this country where there is paranoia about the intrusion of the media into people's lives," Gary Slenders wrote. "I know you will say it is harmless fun, the management of 2DayFM will say that it won't happen again, but this exactly where the phone hacking scandal started."



The outcry grew exponentially after the hospital confirmed Saldanha's death, leading the Coles supermarket chain to remove all its advertising from 2DayFM



"This death is on your conscience," reads one Facebook post. Several accused the two of having "blood on your hands."



Saldanha's family released a statement asking for privacy and directing questions to police. She is survived by her husband and two children.



"We as a family are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Jacintha," said the statement, released by police.



Saldanha worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years, and she was described as an "excellent nurse," well-respected by co-workers, the hospital statement said.



The hospital "had been supporting her throughout this difficult time," it said. 



A St. James's Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death. 



"Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time." 



Separately, a palace spokesman told CNN: "At no point did the palace complain to the hospital about the incident. On the contrary, we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times."



The Royal College of Nursing, which represents nurses nationally, also expressed sorrow over Saldanha's death.



"It is deeply saddening that a simple human error due to a cruel hoax could lead to the death of a dedicated and caring member of the nursing profession," said Dr Peter Carter, its chief executive.



The hospital said Wednesday that it deeply regretted the call had been put through.



The private hospital is known for treating royals. In June, Prince Philip, 91, was admitted to the same hospital with a bladder infection, forcing him to miss part of the queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration.



CNN's Laura Perez Maestro, Max Foster, Per Nyberg, Chelsea C. Carter and Tim Lister contributed to this report.



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