As famed actor and comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial approaches, his daughter is coming to his defense saying he “respects women.”

Cosby’s youngest daughter Evin penned an emotional essay Wednesday on her dad’s behalf.

“He loves and respects women,” Cosby, 40, wrote in an essay posted on the NNPA Newswire. “He is not abusive, violent or a rapist. Sure, like many celebrities tempted by opportunity, he had his affairs, but that was between him and my mother.”

The 79-year-old is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. At the time, Constand was an employee at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University.

“The harsh and hurtful accusations of things that supposedly happened 40 or 50 years ago, before I was born, in another lifetime, and that have been carelessly repeated as truth without allowing my dad to defend himself and without requiring proof, has punished not just my dad but every one of us,” Cosby continued.

In an interview released Wednesday, Bill Cosby spoke publicly for the first time in years. While he did not address his pending trial, the comedian did confirm that he is in fact blind, according to E! News. He stated that his vision started to fade two years ago as he was walking with his wife, Camille, when he suddenly was unable to see.

Despite the tumultuous turn his career has taken since the allegations of sex abuse, Cosby also reportedly expressed hope in regaining his career.

“I think about walking out on stage somewhere in the United States of America and sitting down in a chair and giving the performance that will be the beginning of the next chapter of my career,” Cosby told the NNPA Newswire.