Whaaaat?!! Another One Of Bill Cosby’s Lawyers Bites The Dust
By now, almost everyone knows Bill Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 women, with the earliest incident dating back to 1965. But despite the ridiculously long list of accusers, the Cosby Show creator still maintains his innocence. Of course, this comes as no surprise, but what is surprising is Cosby’s legal team. Apparently, he has another lawyer quitting the case.
She Wants Out:
On Tuesday, August 15, Angela Agrusa, an entertainment lawyer based in Los Angeles, CA, asked Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill for permission to withdraw from the highly publicized case, according to Fox News. Agrusa reportedly wrote the 80-year-old comedian/actor “continues to take necessary steps to secure new counsel. However, given factors outside of [his] control … [he] requires brief additional time to finally secure his representation.”
The specified reason for Agrusa’s request remains unclear, but what is clear is that this definitely puts Cosby in a tight spot. For those who don’t know, this is the second blow Cosby has been hit with where his legal team is concerned. Agrusa’s request comes just two weeks after Cosby’s lead defense attorney, Brian J. McMonagle, of Philadelphia, PA also asked to withdraw. This leaves Bill Cosby in a bit of a bind since he’d have very little time to secure new representation and prepare arguments ahead of his retrial, scheduled to begin November 6, 2017.
Too Little Too Late?:
Judge O’Neill initially scheduled Agrusa’s hearing for Tuesday, August 22nd, but she’s reportedly asked for the hearing to be delayed until Sept 11th. However, District Attorney Kevin Steele is asking O’Neill to deny Agrusa’s request. He argues that the request for an extension would cause a major issue due to the time frame. So, right now, it’s unclear whether or not Argrusa’s request will be granted.
Bill Cosby is facing charges of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand -a former Temple University employee- in 2004. He still insists the sexual acts were consensual and in June, a Pennsylvania judge had to declare a mistrial after the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict after 52 hours of deliberation.