Bill Cosby has replaced his longtime attorney who was representing him in two lawsuits filed by women who claim the entertainer sexually assaulted them, according to court papers obtained by PEOPLE and an Associated Press report.
Cosby replaced Martin D. Singer with Christopher Tayback of Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Tayback, a former Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles and Assistant United States Attorney, is the son of actor Vic Tayback, who was a familiar television character actor in the 1960s and 70s.
Tayback replaced Singer as Cosby’s attorney in a one lawsuit filed by Judy Huth, a California woman who claims the comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15, and in a defamation lawsuit filed by model Janice Dickinson, who alleges Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1982.
Huth’s attorney Gloria Allred deposed Cosby earlier this month, overcoming Singer’s attempt to block such a deposition. That deposition is sealed for at least 60 days, though it’s possible his testimony will be made public after Dec. 22, when a hearing on the matter will be held.
More than 50 women have accused the entertainer of drugging them or sexually assaulting them. Singer has vehemently defended Cosby and has accused some of the women of lying about their encounters with the comedian. He could not be reached for comment.
Allred says Cosby’s new lawyer will not impact Huth’s case.
“Mr. Cosby has decided to hire 700 lawyers to fight one woman,” she said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “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.”
Cosby has had major legal setbacks recently. Last month, a Massachusetts judge refused to throw out a libel suit brought against Cosby by three women who say he sexually assaulted them. Tamara Green, Linda Joy Traitz and Therese Serignese allege he defamed them in interviews his representatives did with media organizations that “impugned” their reputations and subjected them to “public contempt, ridicule, aversion or disgrace,” the suit says.
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