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Bill Cosby fires legal team ahead of sentencing

2018-06-15 15:51
Bill Cosby and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt. (Photo:
Bill Cosby and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

Bill Cosby has fired his entire legal team ahead of his sentencing on sexual assault charges. The comedian is due back in court on 24 September after being found guilty by a jury in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Andrea, who was the operations manager for the women's basketball programme at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby’s alma mater, said that Cosby drugged and raped her after inviting her to his home in 2004. She filed a civil lawsuit at the time which was settled out of court.  

In a statement, Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, confirmed that the actor had parted ways with lawyer Tom Mesereau and the rest of his defence team and that they had been replaced by another lawyer, Joseph P Green.

No reason was given for the change.

In a statement confirming his axing, Tom said “I wish Mr Cosby, his family, and his new defence team all the best.”

Cosby faces up to thirty years behind bars – ten years for each count of assault.