Bill Cosby‘s lead defense attorney officially wants nothing to do with the disgraced funnyman’s retrial.
The 80-year-old’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, confirmed that lawyer Brian McMonagle was backing out of the team Tuesday, adding he was vetting a “short list” of candidates.
“Someone should be named by the end of August,” Wyatt told The Post.
McMonagle’s co-counsel, Angela Agrusa, remains on the team.
Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill, who oversaw the June trial, has yet to approve the lawyer’s motion to withdraw.
O’Neill ordered the parties to appear for a pre-trial hearing to discuss the motion on August 22. Cosby was ordered to appear.
O’Neill is also expected to rule on where jury selection will occur. Past jurors were culled from Pittsburgh, after Cosby’s defense team successfully argued media coverage had tainted potential Montgomery County panelists.
While McMonagle has not publicly commented on his decision to leave, past reports have indicated he was unhappy with the way Cosby’s devoted spokesman handled the trial — often speaking publicly without McMonagle or Agrusa.
Cosby first headed to trial in June on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly sexually assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
McMonagle did not immediately return a message.
This article originally appeared in Page Six.