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Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby confirms he’s blind in EXCLUSIVE interview weeks before sexual assault trial

Comedian Bill Cosby has broken his silence for the first time in two years to confirm he’s completely lost his sight.

In an exclusive interview with NNPA Newswire, Cosby, 79, recalled waking up one morning and telling his wife Camille that he couldn’t see. He claimed that doctors said there’s nothing they could do to repair or improve his vision.

Cosby didn’t touch on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault against him. According to Entertainment Tonight, he is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand in his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004. The 79-year-old claimed the encounter was consensual, USA Today reported.

Despite his diagnosis, the comedian mentioned that he looks forward to working out some storytelling bits on stage.

“I think about walking out on stage somewhere in the United States of America and sitting down in a chair and giving the performance that will be the beginning of the next chapter of my career,” he told NNPA Newswire.

Cosby’s youngest daughter, Evin Cosby, 40, also provided a statement to NNPA Newswire about her father and the charges against him. In it, Evin denounced the media and public’s “persecution” and claimed despite her father’s affairs that he respects women.

“We live in a scandalous country where the more sexualized and provocative the story, the more attention it gets. We get all sorts of mixed up messages in our society. We are told that we have fundamental rights to be innocent until proven guilty. But, if enough people think you are a bad person, you are branded a bad person and the media just reinforces that…They have punished the talented people who were still earning money and feeding their families from my dad’s shows and work.”

According to NBC News, Gloria Allred, who is representing some of Bill’s alleged victims, called the interviews “part of a slick Hollywood public relations campaign.”

“I expect Mr. Cosby and members of his family to continue to speak out in an attempt to portray him as a victim rather than as an alleged sexual predator,” Allred said.

The 79-year-old’s criminal trial is set to begin on June 5.

[Featured Image: AP/ Matt Rourke]