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The Latest: Judge OKs recasting of Weinstein's defense team

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a hearing on efforts to recast Harvey Weinstein's legal team (all times local):

9:55 a.m.

A judge has given the green light to the recasting of Harvey Weinstein's defense team.

Lawyer Jose Baez asked for permission to leave Weinstein's sexual assault case.

The judge asked Weinstein on Thursday if that was OK with him. Weinstein replied, "Yes."

Weinstein is adding two new lawyers who've promised Burke that they won't try to postpone the trial, which starts in September.

Another lawyer bolted in May.

Weinstein ignored journalists' questions outside the Manhattan courtroom.

Baez is known for representing high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony.

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9:25 a.m.

Harvey Weinstein is back in a New York courthouse for a discussion about efforts to recast the defense team handling his sexual assault case.

He arrived Thursday, ignoring journalists' questions while entering the courtroom.

Lawyer Jose Baez is seeking the judge's permission to leave the case. Another lawyer bolted in May.

Baez is known for representing high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony.

He told Judge James Burke in a letter last month that Weinstein has tarnished their relationship by communicating only through other lawyers and by failing to abide by a fee agreement.

Weinstein is adding two new lawyers who've promised Burke that they won't try to postpone the trial from its scheduled

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1:10 a.m.

Harvey Weinstein is recasting his defense team yet again, this time a mere 60 days before he's due to stand trial in New York on sexual assault charges.

One lawyer bolted in May amid public backlash and another now says he and Weinstein just couldn't get along.

Lawyer Jose Baez is going to court Thursday to get a judge's permission to leave the case.

Baez, known for representing high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony, told Judge James Burke in a letter last month that Weinstein has tarnished their relationship by communicating only through other lawyers and by failing to abide by a fee agreement.

Weinstein is adding two new lawyers who've promised Burke that they won't seek to postpone the trial from its scheduled

Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan left in May.

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