Bill Cosby ousts legal team ahead of sex assault sentencing

Bill Cosby has ousted his high-powered defence team just months after his conviction of sexual assault.

Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt said that Tom Mesereau and the rest of the retrial team have been replaced by a Philadelphia-area defence attorney with experience handling sex crimes cases.

The new lawyer, Joseph Green, did not immediately return a message.

Mr Wyatt would not say why the change was made.

Cosby is scheduled for sentencing on September 24 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

The charges will likely be combined into one charge that carries a standard sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

The 80-year-old comedian has been on house arrest since his conviction in April.

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