Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has formally parted ways with his high-powered criminal defense lawyer Ben Brafman, The New York Post’s Page Six reports.
The move comes as Weinstein faces criminal charges in connection with alleged sexual assaults, with his trial date set for May 6.
“Brafman must remain on the sex-assault case until Justice James Burke signs off on the separation,” The Post reports.
Weinstein spokesman Juda Engelmayer is quoted saying in a statement: “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 statement adds: “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 Post reported separately over the weekend that Weinstein and Brafman were close to a split after they “had a blowout argument in the past several days after the movie mogul started looking to expand his legal team, sources said.”
The Post adds: “Screaming matches between the pervy producer and his lawyer were routine — but the latest row was the final straw for Brafman, who exclusively told The Post he was withdrawing from the case on the same day Esquire released online a 7,500-word profile on him.”