WATCH: Benjamin Brafman on his comedy days, his bonds with Puff Daddy and Charlie Kushner, his views on #MeToo and more

Sep.September 01, 2018 09:00 AM

With clients like Harvey Weinstein, Puff Daddy, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Michael Jackson, it’s nearly impossible for Benjamin Brafman to avoid the limelight.

“Like when somebody drowns at the beach, there’s 2,000 people who try and look and see and it’s sort of morbid curiosity,” the criminal defense lawyer told The Real Deal. “It’s a strange form of voyeurism and I don’t like it.”

Related: The Closing with Ben Brafman

Brafman, who just turned 70, recently represented convicted “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, and is now defending Weinstein — the embattled Hollywood producer facing accusations of sexual assault from more than 80 women.

“I would suggest that the people stay tuned,” Brafman said of the Weinstein case. “I’m not so certain at the end of the day, once all of the facts are vetted, the allegations of rape come out as acts of rape.”

Brafman’s real estate clients may also sound familiar. Fourteen years ago, he represented Charlie Kushner in his witness-tampering and tax-evasion trial. And more recently, he defended New York landlord Steve Croman, who pleaded guilty to fraud and grand larceny.

During this month’s Closing interview, Brafman talked more in-depth about some of his most notable cases, his views on the #MeToo movement and why he’s not a “yes man.”

Video produced by Jhila Farzaneh


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
What will proptech look like in 2019 and beyond?

What will proptech look like in 2019 and beyond?

What will proptech look like in 2019 and beyond?
The Observation Deck at Hudson Yards (Credit: Adam Pogoff)

Views from 1,100 feet: A tour of Related’s “the edge,” the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere

Views from 1,100 feet: A tour of Related’s “the edge,” the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere
Calamity and Kabbage: Accountants riff on PPP madness

Calamity and Kabbage: Accountants riff on PPP madness

Calamity and Kabbage: Accountants riff on PPP madness
Watch: Carl Weisbrod on making NYC a ‘magnet for talent’ again

Watch: Carl Weisbrod on making NYC a ‘magnet for talent’ again

Watch: Carl Weisbrod on making NYC a ‘magnet for talent’ again
Social Construct CEO Ben Huh, The Real Deal's Hiten Samtani and Social Construct cofounder Michael Yarne

How code could make multifamily construction more predictable

How code could make multifamily construction more predictable
Presidential election may turn spotlight back to Opportunity Zones

Presidential election may turn spotlight back to Opportunity Zones

Presidential election may turn spotlight back to Opportunity Zones
Covid discount? Condo developers are barely budging

Covid discount? Condo developers are barely budging

Covid discount? Condo developers are barely budging
Nick Sifuentes of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Ben Kabak of Second Ave. Sagas, and Bob Previdi of Thomson Consulting

Subway experts: Flatten rush hour and clear the air

Subway experts: Flatten rush hour and clear the air
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...