Saturday, May 18, 2024

Harvey Weinstein and Defense Attorney Part Ways as Movie Mogul Seeks More Diverse Dream Team


Harvey Weinstein and his defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, have parted ways. Their official notice is below. I’m told that Weinstein wanted Brafman to add a couple of female voices to his team; Brafman declined. Now Weinstein is assembling a more diverse Dream Team so that should he go to trial the jury will see a a lot of different faces and not just Brafman’s. The government’s case still remains shaky, thanks to prosecutorial and police mismanagement. Weinstein has made inroads against them, thanks to Brafman. Everything is still up for grabs.

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.

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.

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.

Mr. Weinstein intends to introduce his new legal team by early next week.

There will be no additional comments pertaining to this.

Harvey Weinstein                                               Benjamin Brafman, Esq.   

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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