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California lawyers split from Cosby

Associated Press Associated Press 13/07/2016

Two powerhouse California lawyers have stepped down from Bill Cosby's criminal sex-assault case in the latest shake-up of his legal team.

Christopher Tayback and Joseph Sarles have represented Cosby for the past year, since the TV star split from longtime lawyer Martin Singer.

The pair has been crossing the country to represent Cosby before withdrawing from his cases this week. Neither the lawyers nor Cosby's spokesman are commenting on the reason for the change.

Philadelphia criminal lawyer Brian McMonagle and Washington lawyer Monique Pressley will now defend the felony sex-assault case outside Philadelphia.

A judge this month rejected defence motions to dismiss the case, but has not yet set a trial date.

Los Angeles-based lawyer Angela Agrusa of Liner LLP is now Cosby's lead counsel in defamation and sex-assault lawsuits.

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