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Bill Cosby Fires Entire Legal Team As Sentencing For Guilty Verdict Looms

Deadline logo Deadline 6/14/2018 Dominic Patten
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EXCLUSIVE: With just over three months before his sentencing for assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, Bill Cosby has given the boot to his entire legal team.

Far from the first time that the once beloved and now much accused actor has fired his lawyers, Deadline has learned that Pennsylvania attorney Joseph P. Green Jr. has now been retained by Cosby. The well-established local lawyer takes over from the high-profile team led by Tom Mesereau. Brought on board in August 2017, the efforts of the cable news friendly ex-Michael Jackson attorney did not prevent a Norristown, PA jury from finding Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in a retrial that ended on April 26.

Looking a potentially decades behind bars and amidst chatter that his wife Camille could be seeking a divorce, the currently under house arrest Cosby is set to be sentenced after a two-day hearing on September 24 and 25. No word yet from the new lawyer or the Montgomery County D.A.’s office if the new representation will mean those dates are pushed back.

When Meserau and others replaced Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa as Cosby’s main lawyers after a mistrial was declared on June 17, 2017, the retrial date was shoved back from November of that year to the spring of this year. With a possible appeal in the making, a similar move could happen now in regards to the sentencing hearings.

While a sudden shift in legal reps, this latest lawyer purge by Cosby comes as no real surprise. Having cut ties with long time attorney Marty Singer back in late 2015, Green is the fourth primary lawyer since then that the actor has hired.

How long he lasts for the 80-year old Cosby is a matter of time that could resemble the ruthlessness of a Game of Thrones plot.

Over 60 women have claimed in recent years that Cosby sexually assaulted or drugged them, with some incidents occurring as far back the late 1960s. He stood trial on criminal charges in Pennsylvania because the Keystone State has a much longer statute of limitations on sex crimes than most jurisdictions, but several other civil cases around the nation. Cosby was arraigned December 30, 2015 in the criminal case and released on $1 million bail.

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 nearly 13-years ago Cosby has insisted through various investigations and two trials that the encounter with the ex-Temple University employee was consensual. A jury did not agree in late April.

Related video: Cosby's accuser speaks out (via MSNBC)



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