Reportedly, Bill Cosby is now completely blind and in need of assistance. For now, he’s confined to his Pennsylvania home with Camille, his wife.
Bill Cosby has seen his share of ups and downs since all the sexual assault allegations began several months ago. Now, it seems he has lost a battle with a long-time foe.
According to Page Six, Cosby’s blindness is caused by an ever-growing, degenerative eye disease called keratoconus.
The National Keratoconus Foundation notes that this disease is a thinning disorder that affects the cornea, causing visual distortion — even cornea bulging.
Page Six confirms via a source who has inside details on the matter.that the long-term condition has caused Bill Cosby to go completely blind
According to the source, Cosby is now living in his own “personal hell.”
It notes that while Bill Cosby was once known as “America’s dad,” his only friends now appear to be his lawyers and his wife, Camille.
Page Six also references her as “incomprehensibly loyal” to Cosby. Even as his wife, “for better or worse”?
The source mentions as follows.
“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.”
Likewise, the source notes Bill Cosby’s top lawyers as Brian McMonagle and Angela C. Agrusa. While Page Six says it attempted to contact Cosby’s lawyers to inquire about his condition, neither McMonagle nor Agrusa could offer a response.
In January, says the source, Monique Pressley mentioned that Cosby’s mugshot showed a “strange appearance” in Bill’s countenance.
Essentially, Cosby’s lawyers mention that he’s just going through things elderly people encounter.
“He’s a 78-year-old blind man who they’ve chosen to charge,” Pressley expresses. “That’s not a defense to a charge, that’s just a fact.”
Pressley is another of Bill Cosby’s lawyers.
In recollection, the source notes that Cosby has been accompanied by people on both sides while being escorted into court. In hindsight, things make more sense now.
Page Six also noted that since July 12 — Bill Cosby’s birthday — his eye condition has gotten significantly worse.
Even in his condition, Bill Cosby will still appear in court for the charges brought against him by Andrea Constand, according to the source. The date has yet to be determined.
However, while Cosby allegedly settled out of court with Constand in 2006, the judge mentions that Bill will be allowed to counter-sue as a breach of confidentiality on her part.
According to the source, after Bill Cosby’s settlement, she signed a confidentiality agreement — which she broke several months ago.
Nevertheless, as concerns Bill Cosby’s blindness, the condition doesn’t just affect elderly people.
The National Keratoconus Foundation mentions that the symptoms usually start during the late teens and early twenties. However, since there’s no age bracket, keratoconus symptoms could actually start at any given time, says the source.
These symptoms include:
- blurred vision
- increased light sensitivity
- difficultly driving at night
- a halo around lights and ghosting (especially at night)
- eye strain
- headaches and general eye pain
- and eye irritation, excessive eye rubbing.
The source also notes that this particular disease can be difficult to diagnose since so many other eye illnesses also have similar symptoms.
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