Bill Cosby replaces lawyer Tom Mesereau

Mr Tom Mesereau (top) was comedian Bill Cosby's (above) lawyer for his second trial.
Mr Tom Mesereau (above) was comedian Bill Cosby's lawyer for his second trial.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS
Mr Tom Mesereau (top) was comedian Bill Cosby's (above) lawyer for his second trial.
Mr Tom Mesereau was comedian Bill Cosby's (above) lawyer for his second trial.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

NEW YORK • The lawyer could not help Bill Cosby escape conviction in court in April and is now seemingly paying the price.

Mr Tom Mesereau, who has represented numerous celebrities, has been dropped by the comedian.

"Mr Cosby has replaced his legal team with Attorney Joseph P. Green Jr (Philadelphia)," a spokesman for Cosby said.

Mr Mesereau was the entertainer's lawyer for his second trial, which resulted in his conviction on three counts of sexual assault on April 26.

Another lawyer, Mr Brian McMonagle, represented the 80-year-old during his first trial last year that resulted in a deadlocked jury.

Mr Green Jr's first task will be to seek a lenient sentence during a hearing fixed for Sept 24.

He may also be called upon to appeal the conviction, as was announced by Mr Mesereau previously.

Cosby's conviction ended the career of a once towering figure in American popular culture.

His convictions were all linked to one victim, Ms Andrea Constand in 2014, but he stands accused by dozens more of assault over the years, many outside the statutes of limitation.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Bill Cosby replaces lawyer Tom Mesereau'. Print Edition | Subscribe