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Former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn at Federal Court in New York
Former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Defense Attorney Benjamin Brafman sit in the court room at Federal Court at 100 Centre Street in New York City on August 23, 2011. The judge dismissed the sexual assault charges against him, but the order is on hold since his accuser has requested a special prosecutor. UPI/Richard Drew/Pool
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Benjamin "Ben" Brafman (born July 21, 1948) is a criminal defense attorney based in New York. He maintains a firm focused in criminal defense, Brafman Associates, in New York City and has handled cases for clients including Sean Combs, Jay-Z, Peter Gatien, Rocco Murdocca ("The gut plumber of Brooklyn"), James Patino, Vincent Basciano, Michael Jackson, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Brafman's profile rose following his winning the acquittal of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, who was acquitted from his 1999 illegal weapons and bribery charges. The criminal charges stemmed from a nightclub brawl, while accompanied by then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and Combs' usual entourage, and witnessed by over 100 other people. Despite the numerous prosecution witnesses to Combs' culpability, and Combs' fame, Brafman's legal skills produced a unanimous 'not guilty' verdict.

Brafman also represented Jay-Z when the rapper was accused of assaulting record producer Lance "Un" Rivera at New York's Kit Kat club in December 1999. Jay-Z pleaded guilty as part of a deal, and was given three years of probation. In 2002, Jay-Z referenced Brafman in his featured appearance on Cam'ron's "Welcome to New York City".

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