NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein has asked that the disgraced movie mogul’s upcoming criminal trial be moved out of New York City, saying he can’t get a fair trial.

In a longshot motion filed with the state appellate court on Friday, attorney Arthur Aidala suggested the trial be moved to upstate Albany County or Suffolk County on Long Island.

READ MORE: Queens High School Secures $20 Million To Overhaul Neglected Athletic Field

MORE: Judge Rejects Harvey Weinstein’s Appeal Over Sex Trafficking Lawsuit

Aidala cited the intense media coverage and the circus-like atmosphere surrounding Weinstein’s past court appearances in Manhattan.

READ MORE: Fire Destroys Carteret, New Jersey Apartment Complex; Dozens Displaced

The 67-year-old Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He has pleaded not guilty and has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Weinstein is free on $1 million bail. The trial is scheduled to start Sept. 9.

MORE NEWS: Seaside Heights Holds Job Fair For Boardwalk Businesses Facing Summer Labor Shortage

(© Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)