Harvey Weinstein's new lawyer says he was 'railroaded' by #MeToo movement

PHOTO: Harvey Weinstein enters the courthouse on July 11, 2019 in New York.PlayStephanie Keith/Getty Images
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A new attorney for Harvey Weinstein says the movie mogul was "railroaded" by the #MeToo movement.

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Weinstein appeared in a New York court Thursday morning for a judge to approve newly retained lawyers Donna Rotunno and Damon Cheronis.

The long-time film producer faces five sexual misconduct charges involving the accusations of two women, but Rotunno insisted the relationships Weinstein had with his accusers were consensual.

PHOTO: Harvey Weinstein enters the courthouse on July 11, 2019 in New York. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images
Harvey Weinstein enters the courthouse on July 11, 2019 in New York.

Rotunno said the facts revealed to date do not represent the whole story.

“Emotion of this case has taken over,” Rotunno told reporters outside the courthouse. “There is a truth you have not reported on.”

Claiming that Weinstein has been “railroaded” by #MeToo, Rotunno said that “movements allow emotion to take over.”

Rotunno also said that, as a woman, she would be able to more effectively cross examine a female witness.

PHOTO: Attorney Donna Rotunno makes comments with other members of Harvey Weinsteins new legal team at New York State Supreme Court in New York, July 11, 2019. Justin Lane/EPA via Shutterstock
Attorney Donna Rotunno makes comments with other members of Harvey Weinstein's new legal team at New York State Supreme Court in New York, July 11, 2019.

She added that she and Cheronis are “honored to represent Mr Weinstein.”

Weinstein is on his third set of criminal defense attorneys. Earlier this year he let go celebrity attorney Benjamin Brafman and turned to Jose Baez, known for representing high-profile clients including Casey Anthony.

Baez, however, said that he and Weinstein developed "fundamental disagreements" about his representation, and at Thursday's court appearance Baez asked the judge for permission to leave the case.

Weinstein's new team of Rotunno and Cheronis are well-known criminal defense lawyers in Chicago, but have never tried a case in New York.

Weinstein has been free on $1 million bail pending trial. Separate attorneys have been working on a settlement in bankruptcy court with dozens of women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.