Bill Cosby releases one lawyer who’s been with him for over a decade and replaces him with someone new, according to People, Oct. 21, 2015. Martin Singer has been Bill Crosby’s attorney for many years has been replaced with Christopher Tayback in the lawsuits filed by Judy Huth and Janice Dickinson. Judy alleges that Bill Cosby sexually molested her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 and Janice claims Bill drugged her and then raped her in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1982. No reason has been made public on why Martin was replaced, at this time.
Gloria Allred, attorney for the alleged victims of Bill Cosby, took Bill’s deposition earlier this month, which lasted seven hours. Martin tried to get the deposition sealed, but the judge ruled that the deposition would remain sealed for only 60 days. At that time, a date set around December 22, the judge will make a ruling on whether the deposition will remain sealed or if it will be released to the public. So, until that time, both parties have been ordered not to discuss any of the things discussed or said during the deposition.
According to the Associated Press, Andrea Constand sued Martin Singer for defamation in 2006. While she worked at the Temple University, she accused Bill of sexually abusing her and they reached a settlement before the case went to trial. The focus of Andrea’s lawsuit was some comments that Martin allegedly made denying Bill Cosby did anything to her and he was making a deal with the National Enquirer in which he would grant them an exclusive interview with Bill, if they didn’t publish a story by another woman who came forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexually molesting her. Martin denies the accusations, and he claims that Andrea tried to extort $250,000 from Bill before she filed the lawsuit.
Gloria Allred said the change in Bill’s lawyers wouldn’t change things, even though. Christopher Tayback has a long list of accomplishments. Christopher joined Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in 1997, but before that, he had eight years combined experience as a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney and the Assistant United States Attorney. He has received numerous awards from the federal, state and law enforcement agencies where he has worked. If his name sounds familiar, you may remember his dad Vic Tayback who was best remembered for his role as Mel on the TV series, “Alice.”
Gloria Allred said in a statement obtained by People, “Mr. Cosby has decided to hire 700 lawyers to fight one woman. Mr. Singer has represented Mr. Cosby from the inception of Judy Huth’s case until now. Only Mr. Cosby and or his representatives would be able to comment on the reason that Martin Singer is no longer representing Mr. Cosby and why this change has been made. We look forward to continuing our legal battle on behalf of Ms. Huth and this change will not impact our vigorous advocacy on her behalf.” Do you think Bill Cosby made a good move on changing lawyers and firms?