Bill Cosby just scored one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the country to defend him in his sexual assault retrial.
Thomas Mesereau, who famously represented Michael Jackson when he was acquitted on child molestation charges in 2005, has joined the comedian's legal team. Lawyers from the first trial in June had said they wanted off the case.
Mesereau also represented actor Robert Blake, who starred in the television detective show "Baretta", at his preliminary hearing on charges he had murdered his wife.
Now Cosby has new hope with his new defense team.
Besides Mesereau, lawyers Kathleen Bliss and Sam Silver will represent Cosby, according to a statement by Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's publicist, on Monday.
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Cosby is due to be retried beginning November 6 on charges of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former administrator at his alma mater Temple University, at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.
McMonagle, who has been by the comic's side since the Constand case began in 2015, formally filed paperwork requesting an exit earlier this month (Aug17), while Agrusa filed her motion to withdraw from the team last week (ends18Aug17).
Despite admitting in depositions more than a decade ago to giving Constand Benadryl pills on the night of the alleged assault in his Philadelphia-area mansion almost 13-years ago Cosby always has insisted that the encounter with the ex-Temple University employee was consensual.
In a July interview about the case to celebrity news website TMZ, Mesereau said the trial was a "waste of time" as prosecutors had "a very weak case". His first trial ended in a hung jury.
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