Justice James Burke and prosecutors agreed to the brand new Manhattan Supreme Court docket trial date of June three final week after attorneys for the disgraced producer requested extra time, sources mentioned.
Weinstein was in courtroom final January along with his new authorized staff, Jose Baez, Ronald Sullivan and Duncan Levin. They changed high-powered prison protection lawyer Ben Brafman, who withdrew from the case.
The explanations for the delay weren’t filed in public papers, however Baez and Sullivan are slated to start out a ten-week trial Feb 19 in Brooklyn federal courtroom. The earlier Could 6 trial date was set earlier than the brand new attorneys took on the case.
Baez, Sullivan and Weinstein’s spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, declined to remark.
Weinstein’s resolution to rent Baez and Sullivan raised eyebrows, as they lately repped one in every of his most vocal accusers, actress Rose McGowan.
The “Scream” star pleaded no contest to misdemeanor drug-possession prices Jan. 14 in Virginia as a part of a no-jail plea deal after she left cocaine inside a pockets on an airplane at Dulles Worldwide Airport.
McGowan, who was one of many first girls to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, claimed the producer had planted the medication in 2017.
Burke required Weinstein to waive the battle of curiosity earlier than he’d log off on the brand new authorized staff.
Weinstein faces as much as life in jail on prices that he forcibly carried out oral intercourse on manufacturing assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raped a longtime lover in a Manhattan lodge in 2013.
He’s due again in courtroom March 8.