Bill Cosby hires Michael Jackson's LA lawyer for sex-case retrial

Bill Cosby

The lawyer who successfully defended Michael Jackson against child molestation charges will represent Bill Cosby when he is retried on sex assault charges later this year, the comedian's spokesman said on Monday.

Mesereau, who is based in Los Angeles, has been involved in several celebrity cases, including the murder trial of actor Robert Blake.

Also on Cosby's team will be Kathleen Bliss and Sam Silver, the statement said.

In addition, Mesereau represented former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson in a rape investigation that was subsequently dropped. Blake, with a new defense lawyer, later was acquitted at his trial.

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".

As Radar readers know, the disgraced comedian's previous attorneys, Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, kicked Cosby to the curb earlier this month.

According to Page Six, both McMonagle and Agrusa are expected to be officially released from the case on Tuesday.

One of those issues will be whether Cosby, 80, wants the new jury panel to be selected from residents outside the county.

Thomas Mesereau will lead the new legal team for the aging comic, who faces charges of indecent assault.

He is due to be retried beginning November 6 on charges of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former administrator at his alma mater Temple University, at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

Cosby has maintained his innocence, saying his relations with Constand were consensual.

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