Bill Cosby Hires Tom Mesereau, Who Won Acquittal for Michael Jackson

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The lawyer who helped Michael Jackson get acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 will be leading Bill Cosby's attempt to escape a decade behind bars if found guilty in his criminal case retrial for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand.

Now Cosby has new hope with his new defense team.

He will now spearhead Cosby's fight against sex assault charges after the comedian's first trial in Norristown, Pa., ended with a hung jury in June.

Cosby, 80, was long beloved by USA television audiences for his family-friendly style of comedy, before dozens of women came forward to accuse him of a series of sexual assaults dating back to the 1960s.

Mesereau will be joined by ex-federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss and Philadelphia attorney Sam Silver, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The three will replace Brian McMonagle, a top defense attorney from Philadelphia, and Los Angeles defense lawyer Angela Agrusa, who had been in the case since Cosby's arrest on December 30, 2015.

In 2015, Mesereau was retained by rap mogul Knight to represent him on murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges after a man was killed by a vehicle driven by Knight near the set of Straight Outta Compton.

The judge is expected to release both McMonagle and Agrusa from Cosby's case on Tuesday, according to Page Six.

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.

Actor Bill Cosby arrives for his trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

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