A new court filing by Bill Cosby’s attorneys declares that the troubled comedian is “legally blind.”
The health issue raises a problem in his ongoing sexual assault case as his legal team states that Cosby will be unable 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,” Cosby’s lawyers wrote in a court document filed in Pennsylvania on Thursday.
Cosby will be required to bring a doctor’s note to his pretrial hearing as proof of his illness.
The defamed comedian is being accused of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand at his residence in 2004. Prosecutors are planning to ask 13 other of Cosby’s sexual assault accusers to the witness stand in order to prove a behavioural pattern. “Without his eyesight, Mr. Cosby cannot even determine whether he has ever even seen some of his accusers, let alone develop defences and gather exculpatory evidence,” the defence claims.
A tentative trial date is scheduled for June 5.