A judge has approved yet another reorganization of Harvey Weinstein’s legal team, just 60 days before the accused rapist and former movie mogul is due in court to face assault charges.
Lawyer Jose Baez, who rose to fame representing Casey Anthony, is the latest Weinstein lawyer to ask for an out. When a judge asked Weinstein if that was OK, he replied, “yes.” The judge complied with the request, after getting a promise that Weinstein would not attempt to postpone his September 9th trial date.
Weinstein dodged journalists outside the Manhattan courtroom, refusing to answer questions about his two new lawyers, Donna Rotunno and Damon Cheronis, both of Chicago. They join Arthur Aidala, a lawyer who has represented rapper 50 Cent, former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and the late Fox News chief, Roger Ailes.
Rotunno got to work immediately, casting aspersions at the dozens of women who have accused Weinstein of misconduct, saying that women are “responsible for the choices they make.”
“Emotion of this case has taken over,” Rotunno told reporters outside the courthouse. “There is a truth you have not reported on.”
“I chose to represent Harvey Weinstein because I think these are the types of cases that lawyers that do what I do live for,” Rotunno said outside the courthouse after Thursday’s hearing. “It gives us an opportunity to have a forum to speak what we believe, and I believe that the facts and evidence in this case are actually very favorable to Mr. Weinstein.”
Gloria Allred, who represents one the accusers, said: “I agree that women are responsible for their own choices, but when will Mr. Weinstein be held responsible for his?”
Weinstein is free on a $1 million bail pending trial, and denies wrongdoing. A separate legal team is working on a settlement in bankruptcy court with dozens of his accusers.