The legal team representing embattled actor Bill Cosby claim that he can’t stand trial normally.
Why? He’s legally blind.
The 79-year old actor’s sight has deteriorated to the point where his legal team feel he cannot defend himself properly. He’s been accused of sexual assault by a shocking number of women, though almost all of them didn’t make it to trial because they fell outside the statute of limitations. Almost all.
The star of The Cosby Show is facing three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault over an alleged incident that occurred in his Philadelphia home in 2004. The woman, Andrea Costand, claimed she went to Cosby’s house for a career consultation, and was assaulted after he drugged her with pills and wine.
It falls within the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania, but his lawyers want the case thrown out because of his disability.
“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 — and the Commonwealth knows it,” the motion by his lawyers said.
“Without his eyesight, Mr. Cosby cannot even determine whether he has ever even seen some of his accusers, let alone develop defenses and gather exculpatory evidence.”
The actor on his part has pleaded not guilty to all three charges, and has registered himself as a legally blind person.