As former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein prepares for his early May criminal trial date in Manhattan state court, attorneys working on federal civil suits whose venues stretch from New York to Los Angeles are asking courts to stay those matters pending the outcome of the criminal case, a spokesman for Weinstein confirmed.

Papers have already been filed in a number of the suits in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Likewise, the same request was filed in the action brought by actress Ashley Judd in Los Angeles federal court.

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