EXCLUSIVE: Just more than two months after cutting loose Christopher Tayback as his main attorney after less than a year, Bill Cosby has lost another lawyer. Monique Pressley announced in court filings that she is no longer representing the actor after just more than a year.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt confirmed today that the Washington D.C.-based attorney no longer is part of the legal team for the much-accused Cosby Show creator’. The shakeup in the actor’s defense now sees Angela Agrusa, head of litigation at LA and New York firm Liner LLP, and Pennsylvania-based Brian McMonagle fronting Cosby’s efforts to avoid a potential decade behind bars on three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault. Dropped on Cosby late last year, those charges are in addition to several civil cases nationwide that the actor is fighting.
Pressley had been the primary public face of Cosby’s defense as she frequently appeared in the media on the actor’s behalf. She did not respond to Deadline’s request for comment about her exit, but her social media presence is filled with photos and posts about going to court for Cosby during the past several months.
Facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004, Cosby has been unsuccessful in attempts to get the case by the Montgomery County D.A. office derailed. Last month, Judge Steven O’Neill ruled to deny the habeas corpus in the case of Cosby’s alleged drugging and rape of the then-Temple University employee. On August 12, O’Neill quashed another legal maneuver by Cosby’s team to stop the matter from going to trial later this year.
With accusations from more than 50 women that the actor drugged and/or assaulted them, Cosby is facing a number of defamation and other civil cases in states like California and Massachusetts, where the statute of limitations have expired.