As Bill Cosby faces up to ten years for felony sexual assault charges, the looming case against him has led to a varied amount of opinions on the matter. In yet another component of the impending trial, the once-beloved comedian’s health has been referenced his attorney, Monica Pressley. On an interview with CBS This Morning, Pressley called Cosby a “blind man.”
“He’s a 78-year-old blind man who they’ve chosen to charge, that’s not a defense to a charge, that’s just a fact.”
According to a report by Daily Mail, Cosby is suffering from keratoconus, a condition that causes the thinning of the cornea. As the domed-shaped cornea thins, the eyes begin to bulge to a cone shape, leading to “blurring, ghosting, multiple images, starbursts and glaring.” The clouding of Cosby’s right eye is visible in the mugshot taken after he was taken into custody on Dec. 30. In his defamation lawsuit against supermodel Beverly Johnson–one of his accusers–Cosby was referred to as “legally and functionally.”
“Mr. Cosby has suffered from a degenerative eye condition for years which has steadily worsened recently to the point that he is for over a year has been legally and functionally blind.”
It is unclear when Cosby was diagnosed with the eye disease.