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Weinstein Hires High-Profile Legal Team for Rape Case

Jan 23, 2019  •  Post A Comment

After parting ways with criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman, Harvey Weinstein unveiled the new team of high-profile lawyers hired to defend him in his upcoming New York rape and sexual assault trial.

“Weinstein’s four new lawyers all have experience defending high-profile clients, including Casey Anthony, former sports stars Aaron Hernandez and Kobe Bryant and, in a strange twist, one of Weinstein’s own Hollywood accusers,” the AP reports. “Two of the attorneys, Jose Baez and Ronald Sullivan, represented actress Rose McGowan last year in a Virginia drug case. McGowan, who pleaded no contest last week, was among the first of dozens of women who came forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault.”

The AP adds: “The pair join Bryant’s former lawyer Pamela Robillard Mackey and ex-Manhattan prosecutor Duncan Levin in representing Weinstein on what’s shaping up to be a modern version of the ‘dream team’ that secured an acquittal for O.J. Simpson at his 1995 murder trial.”

After reportedly clashing on a number of issues, Weinstein and Brafman formally severed their ties last week, as we reported previously.

The AP notes: “McGowan, who’s not involved in the criminal case, blasted the involvement of her former attorneys as a ‘major conflict of interest.’”

McGowan is quoted telling The Daily Beast: “I knew there was shadiness going on behind the scenes. This is why my case didn’t go to trial — my instinct was my lawyers had been bought off.”

One Comment

  1. Will Weinstein be found dead in his cell like Hernandez? Or will he go broke paying off all of the accusers. Kobe only had to payoff one.

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