Bill Cosby may have scored a victory today after a judge declared he would be allowed to sue a woman who accused him of rape, but troubles still lie ahead.
Cosby is 'in his own personal hell' because he has a degenerative eye condition keratoconus that has left him completely blind, a source told the New York Post.
The anonymous source said: 'He is confined to his house in Pennsylvania, and the only person on his side is his wife, Camille, who is masterminding his defense.'
The comedian, who just celebrated his 79th birthday last week, is often pictured flanked by his lawyers on both sides.
In 2015, his attorney Monique Pressley explained: 'He's 78 years old, and blind, so he does use a cane so that he can know what’s coming in front of him and he does require assistance.'
Keratoconus, which researchers believe is caused by a combination of genetics, environmental factors and the endocrine system, can lead to a thinning cornea that bulges in a conical shape.
Fluids can enter the eye and cloud the surface, and optometrist Dr. Jacob Nachum said the right eye in Cosby's December 30, 2015 mugshot shows he's suffering from keratoconus, Inside Edition reported.
Those who live with the condition usually experience blurred vision that can be treated with special corrective contact lenses in the early stages, although serious cases may call for a cornea transplant.
On Monday, a judge allowed Cosby to sue former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, because she breached the terms of a confidentiality agreement in a 2006 settlement.Constand was allegedly drugged and raped by the 79-year-old disgraced comedian in 2004, but after police said in 2005 there wasn't enough evidence to press charges, she sued him instead. He settled out of court in 2006, with one of the conditions being an agreement not to speak publicly about her claims - an agreement that he says she broke,The Hollywood Reporter said. Source: Daily Mail