Harvey Weinstein’s high-powered defense attorney Ben Brafman is leaving his client’s legal team, multiple news outlets reported Monday, months before the disgraced Hollywood mogul is set to face a criminal trial in Manhattan for some of the many serial sexual assault allegations against him.
Brafman, who previously represented other famous clients including “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli and former International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has frequently clashed with Weinstein. According to New York Post’s Page Six, the two had “a blowout argument” over Weinstein’s decision to look for new lawyers, first reported by The Daily Beast last week.
Brafman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
Facing dozens of allegations of sexually assaulting actresses and former employees for decades, Weinstein is set to stand trial in May for sex crime charges. Last fall, Brafman helped get one of the charges dropped, but unsuccessfully tried to stop the trial from moving forward.
Weinstein, whose alleged abuse catalyzed the Me Too movement, is one of the few famous figures to face legal action as a result of the movement.
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