Bill Cosby Hires MJ Lawyer Tom Mesereau In Sexual Assault Retrial

Cosby hires former Michael Jackson lawyer

Cosby is being tried on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually attacking former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand.

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

In 2015, Mesereau was retained by rap mogul Knight to represent him on murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges after a man was killed by a vehicle driven by Knight near the set of Straight Outta Compton. Blake was eventually acquitted in March 2005. He also told television viewers it would be a "waste of time" to retry Cosby.

Silver, a partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, is the only local defense lawyer on Cosby's new team.

Bliss is a former federal prosecutor now working in Las Vegas. Fattah also was convicted in his case.

Mesereau, who is based in Los Angeles, has been involved in several celebrity cases, including the murder trial of actor Robert Blake. Both petitioned the court this month for approval to withdraw from the 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.

Cosby has admitted having sexual contact with Constand but claimed the contact was consensual.

As the first trial earlier this summer made clear, Constand and the Montgomery County District Attorney's office see that differently.

Pennsylvania Judge Steven T. O'Neill declared a mistrial June 17 after a jury chosen in Pittsburg and sequestered in Norristown hopelessly deadlocked following six marathon days of deliberations.

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