World-renowned coiffeur Pascal Bensimon dumped his Aspen attorney this week and replaced her with Pamela Mackey, the high-powered Denver lawyer best known for defending NBA star Kobe Bryant against rape allegations.Bensimon, 44, faces a felony theft charge after he was accused of swiping Kevin Costner's laptop during the actor's wedding to Christine Baumgartner at their Aspen home on Sept. 25, 2004. The hairdresser turned himself into sheriff's deputies in December after a 14-month investigation implicated him in the crime. He posted a $5,000 bond to get out of jail.A notice filed in Pitkin County District Court on Tuesday indicated that Mackey would represent Bensimon instead of Lauren Wolpin, who he initially hired. Wolpin confirmed the substitution. Mackey did not return a phone message seeking comment.Bensimon is believed to be in Atlanta this week working at Norman Zapien Salon. He is scheduled to return Saturday. Judge James Boyd required Bensimon to sign an agreement stating that he would be extradited back to Colorado without any legal wrangling if doesn't show up for his next court appearance, scheduled for Feb. 6.Since his arrest, Bensimon has woven a tangled web of stories about what happened at the Costner wedding, where he provided hairstyling for wedding guests. According to sheriff's deputies, Bensimon has admitted to taking the $1,500 Apple PowerBook from Costner's home because he was upset with a woman in charge of the wedding. They say he wrote out a confession and signed it. In an interview with the Aspen Daily News, Bensimon denied any culpability for the stolen laptop, which was later discovered in his possession."Some people put some drugs in my glass," he said. "I was not conscious for the day that I was there and I don't understand what's coming up now. I did not do anything."Days later, Wolpin released a statement that read: "There has been a misunderstanding concerning the events that occurred at the Costner wedding. Mr. Bensimon and his attorney are working diligently to resolve this matter quickly."This is the second time Mackey has taken a case originally handled by Wolpin. In 2004 she inherited a Wolpin case that involved former Aspen Music Festival and School teacher John Nauman, who was accused of baiting a teenage male student with sex and alcohol. Ultimately, Mackey struck a plea bargain that saw sexual assault charges against Nauman dropped in exchange for the concert pianist's guilty plea to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a felony.Mackey also has represented Pitkin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Investigations Joe DiSalvo, who was accused of assaulting a man at a local restaurant. The case was later dropped after Mackey engineered a plea deal in which DiSalvo issued a public apology and paid his alleged victim's medical bills. She also defended the son of then-Aspen Mayor Rachel Richards in 2000 for his part in a summer spree of robberies and burglaries the year prior. A judge sentenced the teenager to four years in state prison.Before becoming a partner in the Haddon, Morgan, Mueller, Jordan, Mackey & Foreman law firm, Mackey worked as a public defender in Summit County. She graduated from George Washington Law School in 1985 and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1981.Costner has not publicly discussed the theft of his laptop. His film credits include "Dances With Wolves," "The Untouchables," "No Way Out," "Bull Durham" and "JFK." He stars opposite Jennifer Aniston in his newest motion picture, "Rumor Has It."hoop@aspendailynews.com