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Bill Cosby Reveals That He's Blind

| by Michael Doherty

In his first interview in two years, comedian Bill Cosby has revealed that he is blind.

While Bill did not speak about the dozens of women who have accused him of sexual assault, he revealed that he suddenly lost his vision two years ago, Mass Live reports.

"I can't see," Bill recalled saying to his wife, Camille Cosby. Doctors reportedly told the actor that there was no way to fully restore his vision.

When he performed standup after losing his sight, a yellow line was painted to guide him from backstage to the chair on stage, and he reportedly rehearsed walking to the chair before his performances.

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During an interview with NNPA Newswire/BlackPress USA, Bill also spoke about the history of black people in America.

"The history about African-Americans is a history of the United States; but the true histories, not the propaganda that is standard in our nation's history books," said the comedian.

"The great writer, James Baldwin, said, 'If you lie about me, then you lie about yourself.' The revolution is in the home," he added. "There is something about someone saying, 'I didn't know that,' that could cause a change in that person's thinking."

He also talked about his desire to perform again. "I miss it all and I hope that day will come," Bill said. "I have some routines and storytelling that I am working on.

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"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," said Bill.

Many of the comedian's accusers, who number at least 58, said that Bill had drugged them before sexually assaulting them, according to The Washington Post. Many of the women were aspiring actresses or models much younger than Bill, and believed that he could help their careers.

"I don't remember leaving the dinner show," said Pamela Abeyta. "When I came to, I was lying in Bill Cosby's bed not my own room."

"I could barely stand up," said a woman identified as Elizabeth. "I felt like I was going to pass out or get very sick. He made me kneel down -- I don't want to repeat what happened next."

Bill's daughter, Evin Cosby, 40, said in a statement that her father is "not abusive, violent, or a rapist," E! News reports.

"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," Evin said.

"The harsh and hurtful accusations of things that supposedly happened 40 or 50 years ago, before I was born, in another lifetime, and that have been carelessly repeated as truth without allowing my dad to defend himself and without requiring proof, has punished not just my dad but every one of us," she added.

Sources: E! News, Mass Live, The Washington Post / Photo credit: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Flickr

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