Bill Cosby is legally blind, according to defense attorneys

Story highlights

  • The defense argues Cosby cannot determine whether he has ever seen his accusers
  • A copy of a doctor's report will be provided for the court at the next hearing

(CNN)Bill Cosby's defense attorneys declare he is legally blind in a new motion filed in a Pennsylvania court, and they argue that the impairment will hamper his ability to defend himself at his criminal trial.

In a footnote within the motion filed Thursday, Cosby's attorneys say he is "legally blind" -- which means he has a vision of 20/200 or less in the better eye, according to the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind -- and has registered with the state Commission. A copy of a doctor's report will be provided at the next hearing in the case, set for Tuesday.
Cosby faces three charges of felony indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University.
    Defense attorneys say prosecutors have "chosen to turn this case into a platform for Mr. Cosby's other accusers to air their even staler, long-ago time-barred claims that were never reported to authorities."
    Bill Cosby, who his lawyers now say is legally blind, has been escorted into his recent court hearings on the arms of his representatives.