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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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