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Bill Cosby's wife files emergency motion to avoid testifying

Comedian Bill Cosby and wife Camille O. Cosby walk backstage during the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on March 2, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

Michael Buckner, Getty Images for NAACP

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Lawyers for Bill Cosby's wife have filed an emergency motion to postpone her deposition while she appeals a magistrate judge's order.

The motion filed late Saturday says the 71-year-old Camille Cosby's deposition scheduled for Monday should be delayed because she "has had no involvement with the facts or allegations underlying this case."

It argues that her public testimony would create "an unnecessary media circus and personal security threat that serves no purpose other than to harass and embarrass her."

Camille Cosby is slated to answer questions under oath in a defamation lawsuit brought against her husband by seven women who say he sexually assaulted them decades ago.

Lawyers for the Cosbys attempted to quash the deposition subpoena.

A federal judge ruled Friday that Camille Cosby's deposition must proceed Monday.

A lawyer for the women involved in the case has sought to compel Camille Cosby to give a deposition in the lawsuit.

The women allege that Cosby defamed them when his representatives branded them as liars after they went public with allegations he sexually assaulted them decades ago. Cosby has denied their allegations and has filed a countersuit against them.

Bill Cosby, 78, was arrested and charged by Pennsylvania prosecutors in December with drugging and sexually violating former Temple University athletic department employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The former TV star could get up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

A judge refused to throw out the charges earlier this month after Cosby's lawyers claimed a former prosecutor had granted the comedian immunity from prosecutiona decade ago.