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Report: Harvey Weinstein Now Defending Himself With "Dream Defense Team"
They are replacing high-powered attorney Ben Brafman on the Manhattan sex assault case.
Harvey Weinstein has hired a new "dream" defense team after his last legal team fell apart, reports The New York Post.
“This one includes an attorney who most recently represented one of the disgraced film mogul’s most vocal accusers, Rose McGowan,” says the report.
Replacing high-powered attorney Ben Brafman on the Manhattan sex assault case, will be Jose Baez, Ron Sullivan and Pam Mackey.
Baez formerly represented McGowan, who pleaded no contest to drug possession charges last year. In 2011, Baez also won an acquittal in 2011 for Casey Anthony, who was charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter. Mackey represented Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant when he was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel staffer in 2003 in Colorado — she got the case dropped. The group “famously won a 2017 acquittal in Boston for former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez,” accused of double murder.
Weinstein’s longtime Hollywood lawyer Blair Berk will also take on a more active role in the case.
The former Weinstein Company head will go to trial May 7 on charges he forcibly performed oral sex on production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006, and raped a woman in a Manhattan hotel in 2013.
Weinstein and his new team will appear in Manhattan Supreme Court this Friday for a judge to sign off on the changes.