Bill Cosby is finally speaking publicly for the first time in more than two years since multiple allegations of sexual abuse surfaced.
In an interview with the NNPA Newswire, the embattled comedian revealed that he is blind. He explains that he woke up one morning two years ago and couldn't see. A doctor later declared him legally blind and said nothing could be done to repair his vision. Cosby also admitted that his showbiz career has been put on hold because of the pending court cases, which he would not talk about. However, his daughter Evin Cosby issued a lengthy statement defending her father against the allegations.
Her statement reads, "The harsh and hurtful accusations…that supposedly happened 40 or 50 years ago, before I was born, in another lifetime, and that have been carelessly repeated as truth without allowing my dad to defend himself and without requiring proof, has punished not just my dad but every one of us." She continued, "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."
Cosby's trial is expected to begin next month.