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.”