Cosby hires Michael Jackson's lawyer for sex assault retrial

Judge sets date for Bill Cosby retrial on sexual assault charges

Philadelphia - Bill Cosby has hired Michael Jackson's former lawyer to represent him at his November retrial on sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania.

Cosby's spokesperson announced on Monday that the 80-year-old comedian is bringing in Tom Mesereau to lead a retooled defence team.

Lawyers from the first trial in June had said they wanted off the case. Mesereau won an acquittal in Jackson's 2004 child molestation trial.

He has also represented boxer Mike Tyson, rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and a Playboy bunny.

Mesereau will be joined by former federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss, as well as Sam Silver, who represented now-imprisoned former US Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania in a corruption case.

Cosby's first trial on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 ended in a hung jury.

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