UPDATED: October 31, 9:43 AM EST:
Lawyers for Bill Cosby filed papers in a Pennsylvania court recently that declare him to be legally blind, arguing that the impairment will prevent him from defending himself at his criminal trial, reports CNN:
Cosby faces three charges of felony indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University.
Bill Cosby Set To Head To Trial By Summer
Prosecutors say they hope to have 13 Cosby accusers testify at the trial. The accusers say they were intoxicated by drugs or alcohol that Cosby gave them before they were sexually assaulted.
Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004 at his Philadelphia-area home.
Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill did not rule Tuesday on whether the other accusers could testify or whether prosecutors could use Cosby’s deposition or a phone call recorded by Constand’s mother in 2005.
Meanwhile, Cosby’s lawyer released a statement aimed at Gloria Allred, a lawyer who has represented some of the women who accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, saying his client has been tried in mainstream and social media, writes ABC News:
“Mr. Cosby is no stranger to discrimination and racial hatred, and throughout his career Mr. Cosby has always used his voice and his celebrity to highlight the commonalities and has portrayed the differences that are not negative — no matter the race, gender and religion of a person,” his lawyer Brian McMonagle told reporters outside the courthouse.
“The time has come to shine a spotlight on the trampling of Mr. Cosby’s civil rights. Gloria Allred apparently loves the media spotlight more than she cares about justice. She calls herself a civil rights attorney, but her campaign against Mr. Cosby builds on racial bias and prejudice that can pollute the court of public opinion. And when the media repeats her accusations — with no evidence, no trial and no jury — we are moved backwards as a country and away from the America that our civil rights leaders sacrificed so much to create.”
Allred responded back, calling Cosby “desperate” and trying to “portray himself as a victim.”