A state judge told Mr. Weinstein conflicts may arise because two lawyers on his new team once represented Rose McGowan, one of his most vocal critics.
The Hollywood producer and his lawyer parted ways last week. Now Mr. Weinstein is searching for top litigators to defend him against rape charges in May.
A privately sent message from Mr. Weinstein criticizing the investigation against him dovetailed with his team’s aggressive strategy to plead his case in public before trial.
The cases — one criminal, the other civil — will be decided in two Manhattan courtrooms, and include allegations ranging from sexual assault to a cover-up by his former company.