A well-known lawyer who has been defending Harvey Weinstein in his rape case, with the trial due to begin in September, has asked to be removed from the former movie mogul’s legal team.
The New York Post reports that Jose Baez asked a Manhattan justice to let him off the case.
“Baez said his relationship with the disgraced former Hollywood mogul is so bad that the pair have only communicated with each other for the past month through outside lawyers,” The Post reports.
The report quotes a letter sent last week to Supreme Court Justice James Burke in which Baez reportedly writes: “First, Mr. Weinstein has engaged in behavior that makes this representation unreasonably difficult to carry out effectively and has insisted upon taking actions with which I have fundamental disagreements.
“For example, he has engaged outside counsel to communicate with myself and my co-counsel and has decided to have another attorney threaten legal action against this Firm.
“Second, Mr. Weinstein has deliberately disregarded our fee agreement and has had outside counsel indicate that he intends to continue to do so.”
Baez’s law firm was hired by Weinstein after his first lawyer, Ben Brafman, withdrew from the case in January, The Post notes.
Baez has had a number of high-profile cases, including working as lead attorney for Casey Anthony when she was acquitted of the murder of her daughter Caylee in 2011.