Embattled comic Bill Cosby has cut ties with his lawyer Monique Pressley.
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.
Pressley has vigorously defended the comedian in the media, but she recently filed court papers indicating she is no longer representing the 79-year-old.
Pressley has been replaced by Brian MCMonagle and Angela Agrusa, who will also take over representation in a civil lawsuit filed against Cosby by Judy Huth.
Huth is one of more than 50 women who have come forward with decades-old accusations of inappropriate behaviour, drugging and/or rape against Cosby since late 2014. The statute of limitations has expired in almost all of the cases, preventing the alleged victims from pursuing criminal charges, but Huth claims she was just 15 when the comic reportedly touched her vagina and then forced himself upon her at a Playboy Mansion party in California in 1974.
Agrusa will also take over for Pressley in a defamation lawsuit filed by Tamara Green, who is claiming the comic and his former legal team ruined her reputation by calling her a liar when she accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in the 1970s.
The news comes a month after the troubled funnyman parted ways with his attorney of less than a year, Christopher Tayback, after he failed to stop the comedian's sex assault case from going to trial. Tayback had been fighting to have the case dismissed, but his latest attempt was shut down in July (16). Tayback 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.
A trial date for the criminal case has yet to be set.