Bill Cosby and his delegates have decided to speak out in media interviews a month before jury selection starts in his Pennsylvania sex assault trial.
Cosby told media that he was working on new material and hoped to resume his entertainment career.
“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 said.
“I miss it all, and I hope that day will come. I have some routines and storytelling that I am working on,” he added.
Cosby, 79, also told the outlet that he lost his vision suddenly two years ago, calling out one morning to his wife: “I can’t see.”
He did not elaborate on the exact causes of the disability. Lawyers have told the trial judge that Cosby is legally blind. This makes it impossible for him to even identify women who said he sexually assaulted them over the past 50 years.
The trial involves one accuser, former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who said she was drugged and sexually assaulted in 2004 by the actor in the Cosby home.
Jury selection is set to start on 22 May in Pittsburgh, where the jury is being chosen because of pretrial publicity. The jury will then be sequestered about 300 miles away in Montgomery County, near Philadelphia, where the trial is set to start June 5. Lawyers expect it to last about two weeks.
In the midst of all the accusations and court dealings, Cosby’s youngest daughter, Evin, released a letter on Wednesday to several news outlets, describing her father as a man who “loves and respects women”.
“We live in a scandalous country where the more sexualised and provocative the story, the more attention it gets,” she wrote. “If enough people think you are a bad person, you are branded a bad person, and the media just reinforces that. My dad, like anyone in this country, deserves to be treated fairly under the law.”
Wyatt said the surprise public statements are not part of any broader pretrial media strategy.
One of Cosby’s lead lawyers also spoke to the media for a story on Wednesday.
The defense has previously tried, unsuccessfully, to have the charges dismissed based on expert studies that cast doubt on the accuracy of witness memory. She also said lawyers hope to mount a comeback story and “rehabilitate his reputation”.
Cosby, long beloved as America’s Dad for playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on his sitcom The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992, testified during Constand’s related 2005 lawsuit that he engaged in sexual contact with her after giving her wine and three unidentified pills. He said she did not cry out or otherwise object as he put his hand down her pants. Constand, who is gay, told police the pills left her in a stupor.
Police reopened their 2005 probe after Cosby’s testimony was unsealed in 2015.
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