Plaintiff's lawyer Sanford Rubenstein has retained defense lawyer Ben Brafman as the NYPD investigates accusations that he raped a 41-year-old top official from Al Sharpton's New Action Network after a birthday bash for the good reverend last week as reported by the Daily News:
"Sanford Rubenstein is one of the city's most successful and respected lawyers. We do not believe he committed any crime whatsoever and are confident that when the investigation is completed no criminal charges will be filed," Brafman said.
Of course, Brafman has been wrong before. The defense lawyer once boldly predicted exoneration for art dealer Hillel "Helly" Nahmad in a gambling case ("we do not believe that Mr. Nahmad has knowingly violated the law," and "we anticipate that he will be fully exonerated") and lawsuit king Mel Weiss in a racketeering case ("we are confident that when the evidence is carefully reviewed at a trial of these charges, Mr. Weiss will be fully exonerated") but both clients eventually were convicted for their crimes and received prison time. Brafman may be among the best lawyers but he has an imperfect record as a fortune teller.
Meanwhile, lawyers for the woman who has accused Rubenstein say "they have 'devastating' information against the high-powered lawyer and blamed him for 'trying to demonize' the alleged victim" as reported by the Daily News: "There's a lot of new information that will be devastating to Mr. Rubenstein," said lawyer Keith White, who added they are confident he will be indicted. "We want to give the district attorney a chance to take this information and do the right thing. . . . We expected the district attorney to do the right thing."
At the very least it sounds like 71-year-old Rubenstein is a dirty old man who apparently is "hung like a cashew" and "frequently seen squiring around women barely out of their teens" according to sources as reported by the New York Post.