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Bill Cosby Says He’s Blind, While Daughter Defends Him in Essay: He ‘Loves and Respects Women’

As his sexual assault trial looms, Bill Cosby broke his silence early Wednesday to say he is now completely blind.

Also, in an emotional essay published early Wednesday, Cosby’s youngest daughter Evin defended the entertainer.

My father “loves and respects women,” Evin Cosby, 40, wrote in an essay published on the NNPA Newswire. “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”Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand, now 44, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004. Cosby has pleaded not guilty and denies similar claims from more than 50 other women. He is scheduled to go to trial on the charges on June 5. Jury selection begins in Pittsburgh on May 22.

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