Bill Cosby hires Michael Jackson's lawyer for sexual assault retrial

22 August, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Image Criminal charges against Bill Cosby in Pennsylvania

Bill Cosby has hired high-profile lawyer Thomas Mesereau, who won an acquittal for Michael Jackson during his 2005 child-molestation trial. Silver has been a part of Cosby's legal team since previous year, and his primary focus has been civil cases involving the allegations of the more than 50 women who have accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting them.

Los Angeles-based Tom Mesereau - known for his flamboyant style and long white hair - will now lead Cosby's legal team, spokesman Andrew Wyatt said in a statement.

Cosby, 80, has pleaded not guilty to drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University staffer Andrea Constand inside his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

Silver represented former Congressman Chaka Fattah in his federal corruption trial and Graham Spanier, the former Pennsylvania State University president convicted on charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex case.

The announcement by Cosby rep's comes one day before a pretrial hearing in Norristown PA that will formally see now ex-Cosby lawyers Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa exit the defense team in the only criminal case that the once beloved actor faces in the nation. In 2015, Mesereau represented Suge Knight in the former rap mogul's murder case, but the two parted ways the following year.

According to Page Six, both McMonagle and Agrusa are expected to be officially released from the case on Tuesday.

Actor Bill Cosby arrives for his trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

After a week of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations, the jury told the judge they could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three charges.

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