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  • On Tuesday, a judge ordered the 78-year-old Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charges 
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  • The judge concluded Officer Edward Nero played little role in the arrest and wasn't responsible for the failure by police to buckle Gray in  
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  • Bill Cosby faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday to determine if his criminal sex-assault case in suburban Philadelphia goes to trial.Prosecutors had declined to charge the comedian-actor over the 2005 complaint, but arrested him in December after his explosive deposition in the woman's lawsuit became public. In the testimony given in that deposition, Cosby is grilled about giving drugs and alcohol to women before sex; making secret payments to ex-lovers; and hosting Andrea Constand at his home. They knew each other through Temple University, where he was a trustee and she managed the women's basketball team. Bill Cosby's wife refused to answer dozens of questions during a combative deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who say the comedian branded them liars after they accused him of sexually assaulting them, according to a transcript released Friday. 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. Hefner also was named as a defendant in a case filed Monday by former model Chloe Goins, who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.   The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who say they're victims of sexual abuse, but the women accusing Cosby have come forward to tell their stories.___AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
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Note: Mike Rice Jr. is the son of Portland Trailblazers color commentator Mike Rice.
(CNN) -- A video released by ESPN shows Rutgers University's head basketball coach shoving players, kicking them, hurling balls at their heads and yelling what appears to be homophobic slurs and profanity.

The video, which was made public Tuesday, shows Coach Mike Rice during the men's basketball team practices.

In addition to grabbing and shoving players, Rice is also seen in the video berating them and using profanity.

Rutgers athletic director Tom Pernetti suspended the coach for three games and fined him $50,000 after watching the video in November. He said he chose suspension rather than termination even though both options were on the table.

"Accountability is a vital element of the Rutgers Athletic family and it is imperative our head coaches act and lead in a responsible manner," Pernetti said in a news release in December.

"This was not an easy decision for me to make but absolutely necessary to ensure what is best for our program."

CNN attempts to reach Rutgers University, Pernetti and Rice were unsuccessful Tuesday.

The athletic director spoke to WAFN's Mike Francesa after the video aired Tuesday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

"There's a lot of hindsight 20/20 that will be that there was no other option than to terminate Mike," Pernetti said. "I made that decision; I'm accountable for it. I have to live with it."

Pernetti said the video was produced by Eric Murdock, a former NBA player who worked as director of player development for Rutgers' Scarlet Knights, but whose contract was not renewed.

Rice put on his best behavior whenever Pernetti would come watch practice, Murdock told ESPN. But when the athletic director turned his back, he said, the coach would became physical and degrading.

Murdock's job was terminated before the release of the video. He and his lawyers then furnished the video to ESPN, Pernetti said.

The athletic director said Murdock's job termination was due to insubordinate actions, and unrelated to the video.

However, Murdock's lawyer told ESPN that his client plans to sue the university for wrongful termination.



"Mr. Murdock was terminated for having complained of and reported illegal conduct by Mike Rice," said Raj Gadhok, the attorney.

"That is unlawful in the state of New Jersey and Eric intends to pursue legal action for his wrongful termination, which the university and its representatives have been aware of for some time now. We have no further comment at this time."

John Amaechi, a former NBA player who acknowledged he was gay in a book he wrote in 2007, said the demeaning language of sport is not uncommon. Rice, he said, is "not rare, he's just rarely exposed."

"What I think is stark here is how we can be surprised, at this point, by this," he told CNN's "Starting Point" Wednesday. You can walk on any sideline almost anywhere in America or Britain, on any given weekend, and see similar behaviors."

But, Amaechi said, such behavior is unacceptable and Rice should be fired.

"There is no context in the universe where that kind of behavior is acceptable. It's physical and verbal abuse. It's psychological and emotional abuse," he said. "He should not be allowed near anybody. I mean forget sports, there is no context where his management style is appropriate."

The extreme behavior shown in the clip was not necessarily the norm, former Rutgers player Frank Mitchell told CNN Tuesday.

"From time to time, there's some instances of throwing balls or physically making contact with players, but it only occurred from time to time, it wasn't an everyday type thing," he said. "Obviously, the video shows it happened, but they were isolated incidents. They weren't back to back."

Mitchell described practices as "very intense, very quick, very fast-paced."

"All coaches have the idea to push their players by keeping things very intense," he said. "As players, we were definitely trying, but it can get kind of exhausting toward the end."

The footage showed only clips of several dozen hours of video from the men's basketball practices.

CNN's Laura Ly and Joe Sterling contributed to this report.

 

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