Bill Cosby is in the news again.
A new report in Page Six reveals the disgraced comedian, 79, is hoping to negotiate a plea deal that will allow him to avoid both a trial and prison time in one of his sex crimes cases, a source close to him tells the New York Post's gossip column.
A criminal trial is set for June in the case in which he's facing three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault for a 2004 incident involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
"He and his family, including his wife, Camille, are adamant that Bill won't be able to convince a jury to let him off," a source close to the Cosbys told the newspaper.
The source added, "Cosby and his family believe he'll be eligible for a sentence of just probation... and remove the threat of him dying in prison."
The Cosbys are also hoping, continued the source, "that the district attorney will feel as though he's won with a plea deal and they're thinking that the DA will consider Cosby's age, his medical condition, the fact that he's paid the victim [in] the case millions, and the fact that his career is over."
On Dec. 5, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that bombshell testimony Cosby gave in a 2005 civil lawsuit -- in which he admitted to giving women drugs before having sex with them -- can be used as evidence in his 2017 criminal trial.
Upon learning of the ruling, claims the source, Cosby said, "It's fixed. I have no chance."
He is also convinced, says the source, that racism is to blame for his ordeal.
"[Cosby] truly believes that this prosecution is racially motivated," explains the source. "He's rich, he's famous and the world loved him. But if it were, say, a Robert Young or Fred MacMurray, if they were ever accused, America itself would not stand for it."
But as the Post points out, those actors -- the respective stars of "Father Knows Best" and "My Three Sons" -- who are also famous for playing beloved dads on hit shows, were never accused of sex crimes.
The "Cosby Show" star, however, has been accused of drugging, raping or otherwise sexually assaulting more than 50 women over the years, many of whom have tried to sue him amid his claims the acts were consensual.
In July, it was reported that the comedian -- who's free on $1 million bail -- has gone blind and has been stuck at home without much support other than wife Camille, who reportedly feels "sickened" and humiliated" by her husband's behavior.
A source told the New York Post that Cosby suffers from an eye disease called keratoconus that's gotten progressively worse over the past year.
"His alleged victims may take some solace in the fact that he's in his own personal hell," a source told the Post at the time. "He has been suffering from a degenerative eye disease and is completely blind... All his Hollywood friends have turned their backs on him."
When contacted by the Post, Cosby's spokesman had no comment about this newest report, and a spokesperson for the DA's office declined to speculate on a plea deal.
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