Cosby hires former Michael Jackson lawyer

Cosby hires former Michael Jackson lawyer

The onetime attorney of late pop icon Michael Jackson will now defend disgraced television icon Bill Cosby in his upcoming re-trial for sexual assault, the actor's spokesman said Monday.

The 80-year-old Shelburne resident is bringing in Tom Mesereau to lead a retooled defense team, according to NBC News.

Silver, a partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, is the only local defense lawyer on Cosby's new team. Blake was eventually acquitted in March 2005. Mesereau persuaded prosecutors to drop the case. Silver has been a part of Cosby's legal team since past 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. Lawyers from the first trial in June had said they wanted off the case.

The three will replace Brian McMonagle, a top defense attorney from Philadelphia, and Los Angeles defense lawyer Angela Agrusa, who had been in the case since Cosby's arrest on December 30, 2015.

Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia.

Cosby denies wrongdoing, saying any sexual contact he may have had with his accusers was consensual.

At one point during jury deliberations, the judge expressed annoyance that Wyatt had told reporters the time had come to declare a mistrial, prompting McMonagle to make it clear that Wyatt did not speak for the legal team.

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