Here’s the latest from Bill Cosby: He can’t see, so he cannot defend himself in court.
On Wednesday, the shamed comedian’s attorneys filed a motion in a Pennsylvania court, with one argument claiming he’s legally blind, affecting his ability to defend himself on sexual assault charges in a criminal trial, CNN reports.
Cosby faces three charges of felony indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident involving Andrea Constand, an employee at Temple University who alleges that he drugged and molested her at his home.
The case represents the only criminal charges among similar accusations by nearly 60 women; the motion is part of an effort to get charges against the formerly beloved 79-year-old performer dismissed.
At a pretrial hearing on Wednesday, attended by Cosby, attorneys — Montgomery County prosecutor Kevin Steele and Cosby’s lead defense lawyer, Brian McMonagle — argued vehemently over whether 13 other purported Cosby victims may testify in the case.
The trial is scheduled to begin June 5, 2017, but Judge Steven O’Neill said the date “could be earlier” if pre-trial motions are dealt with in scheduled December hearings.
Taylor Swift, who raked in $170 million from her music and other endorsement deals, came out on top of Forbes 2016 list of highest paid female singers, released Wednesday.
The remaining artists in the top five are: Adele ($80.5 million), Madonna ($76.5 million), Rihanna ($75 million) and Beyonce (“only” $54 million because proceeds from her “Formation” tour weren’t counted in the total).
Four artists rounding out the top 10 — Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Shania Twain and Jennifer Lopez — have regular gigs in Las Vegas,
Katy Perry, between albums, also made the cut.
A promotion for the DVD release of “Bad Moms,” the raunchy comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate, has a bit of a local angle: On Nov. 4 at Alamo Elementary in San Francisco’s Richmond district, members of the school’s PTA will receive $500 and enjoy a free party; the group was the only northern California PTA selected by Universal for the “Bad Moms Celebrates Great PTA Members” prize. … Mountain View-based ACTON is launching its newest product, the BLINK QU4TRO (the first ever “four-wheel drive electric longboard” retails for $1,600) with likely photogenic stunts at 10 a.m. Nov. 3 on the steep hill at Lombard and Hyde streets, when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump impersonators will face off on the skateboards.
Model Kendall Jenner is 21. … S.F. 49er Colin Kaepernick is 29. …Singer Bethany Cosentino is 30. … Singer Adam Ant is 62. … Comedian Dennis Miller is 63. … Actress-comedian Roseanne Barr is 64. … Fashion editor Anna Wintour is 67. … Singer Lulu is 68.
— Staff, wire reports