Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Trial Is Putting His Paranoia in Overdrive
Anonymous sources close to Bill Cosby have been speaking to news outlets to paint a picture of a man who is slowly unraveling in the days leading up to his trial for alleged sexual assault.
Cosby has been accused by more than 50 women to date, and sources close to him claim that he is living in constant paranoia that he's being monitored or that someone will attempt to poison him. One source says Cosby even went so far as to get up at 2:30 each morning during pretrial hearings and jury selection to fly his private jet from his home in the Philadelphia suburbs to Pittsburgh, where the trial is taking place.
"He and his wife are afraid that if he stayed at a hotel, someone will find a way to poison him, put something in his food," one Cosby insider told Page Six.
A second source added, "He’s blind... so that makes him even more vulnerable to [being] poisoned or to having someone sneak into his room."
Page Six reports that Cosby is so paranoid, he even refuses to drink from public water fountains at the courthouse or elsewhere; instead, he packs water bottles and meals from his home, which is 300 miles away.
"He’s thinking and his team is thinking, if he’s put in a hotel room, someone will find out which room he’s staying in and they’ll put a bug or a device in the room," one source said, adding that Cosby and his team think "plenty of people... would have a motive" to do so.
Ahead of his trial, Cosby has reportedly been seeking support from some of his famous friends, who have declined to get involved with the case, which has been high-profile and garnered heavy media attention.
"Guys like Murphy, Lawrence and Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, guys that he paved the way for... they won’t offer any support," a source said. "He can’t even pay people to come and support him. He’s been told that agents have informed their clients that their careers would be over if they got involved. We’re not asking anyone to testify. We are asking those whom he’s helped, maybe they can call or come sit in the courtroom and see for themselves what’s happening... before turning your back."
Page Six also reports that even crisis management firms are keeping their distance from Cosby.
"Everyone says any affiliation is too toxic," a source said, adding that several firms turned down seven-figure offers from Cosby's team.
Cosby's trial is set to begin June 5.