Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual assault but he appealed the accusations earlier this month. However his dismissal appeal was rejected and now the star has to stand trial on the 1st of November.
According to BBC News, Cosby has already prepared his plead in court and prepared legal paperwork proving him legally blind. Therefore, it would be impossible for the actor to identify his accusers. “No 79-year-old blind man could possibly defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago,” stated his legal team in the documents they sent to a Pennsylvania court this week. “Without his eyesight, Mr. Cosby cannot even determine whether he has ever seen even some of his accusers, let alone develop defenses and gather exculpatory evidence,” the document stated as well.
The ‘Cosby Show’ actor has shared with the court in early 2015 that he suffers from glaucoma, which distorts his vision and makes it streaky. However, this was kept a secret until he filed a defamation suit against former supermodel Beverly Johnson, one of the women accusing him of rape. Cosby and his legal team claimed that the model made everything up in order to get herself into the spotlight and reach more fame.
“Mr. Cosby has suffered from a degenerative eye condition for years which has steadily worsened recently to the point that he is for over a year has been legally and functionally blind.” His lawyers have declared about his condition.
In another point of view, New York City criminal defense attorney Murray Richard shared with the press in 2015 that Bill Cosby may take advantage of his vision problem in court and claim a “disability that makes him physically incapable of doing all those things that he has alleged to have done.”