Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer wants to quit the case over differences in strategy, sources say

Harvey Weinstein enters state Supreme Court in New York in October 2018. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press) Harvey Weinstein’s attorney Benjamin Brafman is expected to ask a New York judge for permission to be relieved as legal counsel for the Hollywood mogul in his rape and sexual assault trial, according to sources familiar with the case.

The move could delay Weinstein’s trial, which is slated for May. It would likely take a new attorney considerable time to get up to speed on a highly complex case with potentially dozens of witnesses.

Since December, Weinstein has agitated for a more aggressive approach that seeks to undermine not only the two women accusing him of rape but also the dozens of women accusing him of sexually inappropriate conduct over four decades in Hollywood.

After months of letting his lawyer set the tone, Weinstein has begun talking to other people, including media movers and shakers, the sources say.

Two sources familiar with the inner workings of the proceedings of the case, involving allegations that Weinstein raped two women, said the attorney intended to file the paperwork soon.

For months, Weinstein’s legal team had attacked the reliability of his accusers and questioned the conduct of the New York […]

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