Harvey Weinstein‘s sexual assault trial is still a few months away but he’ll be needing a new lawyer before then.
High-powered defense attorney Ben Brafman announced on Thursday he is no longer representing the disgraced producer. The two announced the split in a joint press release.
“Harvey Weinstein and his Criminal Defense Lawyer Benjamin Brafman have agreed to part ways and Mr. Weinstein has authorized Mr. Brafman to formally notify Judge Burke of his decision to withdraw as counsel for Mr. Weinstein in connection with all legal matters currently pending,” the two said.
They continued, “Both parties have agreed to part ways amicably and Mr. Brafman has agreed to cooperate fully with new counsel for Mr. Weinstein so as to ensure an orderly transition.”
The statement concluded, “Mr. Weinstein praised Mr. Brafman for his legal work to date and Mr. Brafman reiterated his belief that Mr. Weinstein would be exonerated of the charges that have been filed against him and Brafman personally wished Mr. Weinstein the best of luck as he defends the case and the accusations that Mr. Weinstein has vehemently denied.”
Weinstein said he plans to have a new legal team in place next week.
The trail is scheduled to begin on May 6.