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of his defence team and that they had been replaced by another lawyer, Joseph P
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.