Legendary comedian Bill Cosby reportedly claimed that he is “legally and functionally blind” in court documents from his defamation lawsuit.
The comedian is suing Beverly Johnson after she accused him of drugging her. Beverly marks the eighth accuser he has filed suit against this month, and he admitted he has suffered from vision problems as a result of glaucoma.
Bill who mentioned his condition in a 14-page file against the model in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week is battling keratoconus, which alters the shape of the corneas.
“Bill doesn’t want to make an issue of his eye condition, but it’s a real concern to his family and friends.” a source said
Beverly Johnson joins the more than 50 women who have come forward in the past year with claims that Cosby had drugged, and in numerous cases, sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades.
Cosby’s suit charges that Johnson, a leading model in the 1970s and ’80s and one of his most high-profile accusers, defamed him and intentionally inflicted emotional distress .
Johnson, 63, wrote a detailed article in Vanity Fair in November 2014 about her encounter with Cosby in the mid-1980s, saying she was invited by the comedian, best known for his role in the 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, to his home where he allegedly drugged her coffee.
Cosby, 78, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and has never been criminally charged. Many of the alleged incidents occurred decades ago and the statute of limitations for prosecuting them expired long ago.
Cosby’s lawsuit says he had never spent any time alone with Johnson at his home. The comedian asked for an injunction requiring Johnson to retract her public statements and remove a chapter on him from her memoir.