Harvey Weinstein breaks with his criminal defense lawyer

    FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves New York Supreme Court with his attorney Benjamin Brafman, left, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's high-profile criminal defense lawyer is leaving the movie producer's rape case weeks after failing to get the charges dismissed.

    Benjamin Brafman filed court papers on Thursday asking to withdraw as Weinstein's lawyer. The filing came after a week of speculation about his involvement in the case.

    A judge must still approve the move.

    Weinstein and Brafman said in a joint statement that their split was amicable.

    FILE - Harvey Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman arrives to court in New York, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Brafman has advocated for Weinstein in and out of the courtroom.

    He won a victory in October when prosecutors dropped part of the case after evidence surfaced that a police detective had coached a witness.

    But he was disappointed last month when a judge rejected his push to throw out the rest of the case.

    Weinstein's trial is tentatively scheduled for May.

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