AceShowbiz - Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been given permission to hire a new legal team two months before his scheduled rape trial.
Lawyers Donna Rotunno and Damon Cheronis, who were acknowledged as the film boss' new representatives at a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court this week (begin July 08), will head up Weinstein's defence team for his September 9 trial date.
Rotunno and Cheronis will front Weinstein's third legal team in the case - Florida defence lawyer Jose Baez and Harvard University law professor Ronald Sullivan both recently stepped down from the case after replacing top New York legal eagle Ben Brafman, who quit the case in January.
The 67-year-old producer is charged with sexually assaulting two women - in 2006 and 2013. He has pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him, which include rape. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual assaults dating back decades by over 70 women. He has denied the allegations.