Bill Cosby has replaced prominent Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer, who has served on Cosby’s defense team for years, the New York Times reports, in two civil suits with the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
Singer represented Cosby in a case brought against him by Judy Huth, who accused the comedian of forcing her to perform oral sex on him when she was 15 years old, and Janice Dickinson, a model who accused him of drugging and raping her in 1982.
In a statement on Tuesday, Allred, referring to the size of Cosby’s new law firm, said, “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.”
The Times reports that Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan specializes in business litigation and arbitration. According to the Los Angeles Times, Cosby will specifically be represented by Christopher Tayback, a former Los Angeles County and federal prosecutor.
It’s not clear whether Singer fired Cosby or vice versa; Singer did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Gawker.