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Bill Cosby’s attorneys believe the actor can no longer defend himself against the women accusing him of sexual abuse because he’s now “legally blind” and his memory has “substantially declined.”

“How can a 79-year-old blind man defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago?” reads a 13-page brief filed by Cosby’s lawyers [via People].

“The answer is simple: He cannot, and the Commonwealth knows he cannot … Without his eyesight, Mr. Cosby cannot even determine whether he has ever even seen some of his accusers, let alone develop defenses and gather exculpatory evidence,” the filing continues. “Moreover, Mr. Cosby’s memory has substantially declined in the last decade.”

According to the document, Cosby is registered with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind for his condition. His report will be introduced at a hearing for the case to be held on Nov. 1.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges filed against him by the Montgomery County district attorney. He is facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his Elkins Park mansion in January 2004.

The actor has denied similar allegations of sexual misconduct from at least 46 women, who claim they have been abused by Cosby as far back as the 1970s.

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