“I’m not the morality police,” he told the magazine. “I’m a criminal- defense lawyer.”
He insisted that Weinstein, who hired him when the accusations broke in the autumn of 2017, is the victim of mob-mentality.
“Nobody vets the allegations. What they do is count the bodies,” he said. “When a person is vilified the way Harvey’s been, it’s time for a person like me to shine.”
Mr Brafman described Weinstein as “a genius” of the film industry.
But he gave a hint of the trouble that lay behind the scenes of their arrangement.
Mr Brafman said that Weinstein sends him dozens of emails a day, turns up unannounced at his office, and he leaves voice mails if he doesn’t hear back.
“He’s a hands-on client,” he said. “He’s relentless.”
He added: “He’s a nice guy, sometimes. I can say to him, ‘You can’t tell me to go to hell, because you need me.’
He then added, in what Esquire called “regrettable phrasing”, the remark: “I take the abuse better than most.”