Embattled Bill Cosby has cut ties with his lawyer of less than a year after he failed to stop the comedian's sex assault case from going to trial.
The Cosby Show veteran is facing felony charges of aggravated indecent assault, amid allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004.
His lawyer, Christopher Tayback, has been fighting to have the case dismissed, but after his latest attempt was shut down last week (07Jul16), Cosby has decided to part ways with the lawyer and his legal team at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, reports Deadline.com.
Tayback, a former Los Angeles County and federal prosecutor, was recruited in October (15) to take charge of Cosby's legal issues after the funnyman moved on from long-term legal representative Martin Singer.
Angela Agrusa of Liner LLP has been hired as one of Cosby's new lawyers, and she has come out fighting, telling The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, "Trying Mr. Cosby in a court of public opinion as imbalanced media coverage promotes, runs directly counter to our judicial systems most fundamental guarantees of fairness under the law.
"Those, like Mr. Cosby, who face this sort of scrutiny without having had their day in court need and deserve representation to ensure that justice does not yield to news cycles and soundbites. Mr. Cosby seeks a just resolution to the accusations leveled against him, and as lawyers experienced in complex, high-profile matters, we will work to safeguard his rights to the fullest extent in that pursuit."
In addition to facing criminal charges, Cosby is fighting defamation and sexual abuse allegations from multiple women, as well as a battle with his insurance company.
A trial date for the criminal case has yet to be set.
The comedian has been accused of rape, drugging and/or performing inappropriate sex acts by over 50 women. He has denied all allegations.
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