A new legal team of heavy hitters will represent actor and comedian Bill Cosby in his new sex assault trial in Montgomery County.
A spokesman for Bill Cosby announced Mesereau will lead a new defense team as Cosby faces a second trial in Pennsylvania on aggravated indecent assault charges.
Cosby's first team of defense lawyers, Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, have asked Judge Steven O'Neill to withdraw from the case but haven't said why.
Mesereau - who was part of a legal team that acquitted the late Jackson on all 14 charges related to child molestation - will be joined by attorneys Kathleen Bliss of Nevada and Sam Silver of Pennsylvania. Mesereau has also defended boxer Mike Tyson, actor Robert Blake and music mogul "Suge" Knight in court.
Silver, a partner with the Schnader law firm in Philadelphia, previously represented U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah who was convicted of federal corruption charges in June 2016 and is serving a 10-year prison term.
He will now defend Cosby, the pioneering African American actor and comedian who is due to go back on trial in November for allegedly drugging and molesting former Temple University basketball official Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004.
When Cosby's June trial ended in a mistrial with jurors unable to come to a unanimous verdict on any of the three charges against the entertainer, Mesereau called the prosecution's case "weak". After hearing five days of testimony at the trial in June, a jury of seven men and five women selected in Allegheny County told a judge it was hopelessly deadlocked "on all counts" after deliberating more than 52 hours over six days.
Cosby has admitted having sexual contact with Constand but claimed the contact was consensual. Bliss has prosecuted violent street gangs and white supremacist groups and as a defense lawyer obtained acquittals in armed bank robbery and assault cases, according to a biography included on her web site.