Health crisis turns tragic for Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby's Mugshot (Photo credit: Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)
Bill Cosby’s mug shot (Photo credit: Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)

The downfall of entertainment icon Bill Cosby has become more tragic as multiple media sources are reporting bad news.

Various media outlets are reporting that Cosby is now totally blind and has become isolated at his Philadelphia home with only his wife Camille Cosby at his side. Cosby is reportedly suffering from the degenerative eye disease keratoconus, and has been slowly losing his vision for the past few years.

The NY Post quoted an anonymous close family source who stated “His alleged victims may take some solace in the fact that he’s in his own personal hell. He has been suffering from a degenerative eye disease and is completely blind. . . . All his Hollywood friends have turned their backs on him. He is confined to his house in Pennsylvania, and the only person on his side is his wife, Camille, who is masterminding his defense. His only friends are the small army of lawyers on his payroll.”

Last week, Cosby scored a small legal victory when a judge granted his legal team permission to sue alleged sexual assault victim Andrea Constand for breaching a confidentiality deal. In 2004, Cosby reportedly paid an undisclosed amount of cash to Constand to not speak of a sexual assault that took place at his Philadelphia mansion. The Montgomery County prosecutor at the time did not bring charges against Cosby because of the deal that was reached. Unfortunately for Cosby, the new Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele reopened the case just as the statute of limitations were set to expire in late 2015. The world soon saw Cosby take the “perp walk” as he was charged with three felony charges of aggravated indecent assault in the decade old case. Since then more than 50 women have come forward to claim that Cosby also engaged in a pattern of sexual assaults that stretch back for decades. Further shedding light on the Cosby’s predatory behavior were damning sworn depositions that were unsealed. In court documents, Cosby admitted to multiple affairs and giving women the prescription drug Quaalude before engaging in sex.

The criminal trial against Cosby has been cleared to proceed but no court date has been set. If convicted, Cosby could face up to 10 years in prison.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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