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Bill Cosby Now Blind Completely

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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 2, 2016. (Mark Makela/Reuters)

By    |   Friday, 28 Apr 2017 08:58 AM

Bill Cosby said he is now blind completely as his trial for sexual assault gets ready to start a month from now.

Cosby made the revelation in an exclusive interview with the NNPA Newswire, where he described a moment two years ago that he lost is ability to see. The embattled comedian said he woke up one morning struggling to see.

Cosby told NNPA that doctors confirmed later that his vision could be repaired, but the interview did not reveal any other details about the cause of his blindness and treatments.

"When he would perform, we'd draw a wide straight yellow line from backstage to the chair on the stage and he'd rehearse the walk, hours before the show," Andrew Wyatt of the Purpose public relations firm, told NNPA Newswire.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin in late May and testimony June 5 in Cosby's case where he faces three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, according to Deadline.com.

More than 60 women went public over the past two years about allegedly being sexually assaulted by "The Cosby Show" creator, with many allegations going back decades.

Despite the charges and the negative publicity that resulted from them, Cosby told the NNPA Newswire that he still has the itch to perform.

"I miss it all and I hope that day will come," the longtime television icon said. "I have some routines and storytelling that I am working on. 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."

Cosby's daughter, Evin, wrote in defense of her father on the NNPA Newswire as well this week.

"He is not abusive, violent or a rapist," Evin Cosby, 40, said in the commentary posted Wednesday. "Sure, like many celebrities tempted by opportunity, he had his affairs, but that was between him and my mother. They have worked through it and moved on, and I am glad they did for them and for our family.

"The harsh and hurtful accusations of things 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.

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