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Bill Cosby’s Lawyers Say He Is Legally Blind And Losing His Memory

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Bill Cosby is set to stand trial in June for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand, but now his lawyers are claiming that Cosby is losing his memory and is now legally blind, making it difficult for him to defend himself. Cosby’s lawyers filed a brief on Thursday containing the new information about the alleged serial rapist’s health.

“How can a 79-year-old blind man defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago?” his lawyers ask in the 13-page brief. “The answer is simple: He cannot, and the Commonwealth knows he cannot…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. Moreover, Mr. Cosby’s memory has substantially declined in the last decade.”

A hearing is set for November 1, where Cosby’s attorneys Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa will show proof that Cosby is registered with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and produce a copy of a doctor’s report. The hearing will also determine if the now public 2006 depositions from the civil suit Constand brought against him will be allowed into evidence for the criminal trial.

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The judge will also rule on whether or not 13 other accusers will be allowed to testify during the trial. Cosby’s lawyers feel they should not be allowed to testify, stating that the prosecution has “chosen to turn this case into a platform for Mr. Cosby’s other accusers to air their even staler, long-ago time-barred claims that were never reported to authorities.”

The 79-year-old comedian has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women, whose stories go back as far as the 1960s. Cosby has publicly denied any wrongdoing throughout.

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