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Bill Cosby Breaks His Silence for the First Time in Years, Shares He’s Now Blind

After years of hiding behind his criminal sexual assault case, Bill Cosby breaks his silence — and it’s not about the allegations against him.

The Cosby Show star opened up in a new interview with NNPA Newswire to reveal he’s now blind. The comedian, 79, says he woke up one day two years ago and told his wife, Camille Cosby, that he “can’t see.” According to Bill, the doctors can’t do anything to fix the star’s sight.

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Bill in 2009.

“When he would perform, we’d draw a wide straight yellow line from backstage to the chair on the stage and he’d rehearse the walk, hours before the show,” said Andrew Wyatt, a PR rep who has worked will Bill for many years.

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While Bill remained quiet on his charges throughout the sit-down, his daughter Evin, 40, defended her famous father — and claimed he’s the furthest from what everyone is assuming him to be amid the case.

“When people are so quick to cast hate and make accusations of horrific violence against my dad, they are callous in their carelessness about the harm they are causing to others,” Evin wrote to NNPA Newswire. “My dad, like anyone in this country, deserves to be treated fairly under the law. My dad broke barriers and raised the conscious of America on important topics, especially for the advancement of women.”

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Bill and Avin in 2008.

“I know that my father loves me, loves my sisters and my mother,” she continued. “He loves and respects women. He is not abusive, violent, or a rapist. Sure, like many celebrities tempted by opportunity, he had his affairs, but that was between him and my mother. They have worked through it and moved on, and I am glad they did for them and for our family.”

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Despite his health condition and pending trial, Bill is still looking ahead to the next phase of his career, as he’s missed showbiz over the past few years. “I miss it all and I hope that day will come. I have some routines and storytelling that I am working on,” he shared. “I think about walking out onstage somewhere in the US and sitting down in a chair and giving the performance that will be the beginning of the next chapter of my career.”

Click through the gallery below to see the cast of The Cosby Show then and now!