Outside the Manhattan courthouse where Weinstein, 66, was arraigned on rape and criminal sexual act charges, Brafman said that, if he cross-examined the accusers, a jury would not believe them, "assuming we get 12 fair people who are not consumed by the movement that seems to have overtaken this case".
About 90 minutes later, Weinstein was led by officers into court in handcuffs, grimacing, with his head bowed and his books nowhere in sight.
Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police Friday morning to face the first criminal charges to be filed against him after months of misconduct allegations from scores of women that destroyed his career and set off a national reckoning known as the #MeToo movement.
He denies the charges against him, and his high-powered lawyer has already said he will plead not guilty.
"The NYPD thanks these fearless survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice", the police department said.
He stepped out of a black SUV, clutching several books, among them what appeared to be the Rodgers and Hammerstein biography "Something Wonderful" and a book on director Elia Kazan, before walking into the police station.
A judge has ordered him to pay $1 million in cash, wear a electronic monitor, and surrender his passport. He is now out on bail, wearing a monitoring device.
More than seven months after the first allegations against Harvey Weinstein were levied, the disgraced movie producer and mogul was finally arrested in New York City today, not far from his former offices at The Weinstein Company.
The official said Weinstein would be charged with committing a criminal sex act in a 2004 encounter with Lucia Evans, a then-aspiring actress who has said the Hollywood mogul forced her to perform oral sex on him in his office.
Those three words were repeated in a tweet shortly after Weinstein surrendered to NY authorities and was led into a courtroom in handcuffs.
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More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and Weinstein Co of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades.
"This wasn't a smile to say, 'Be on my side, ' or 'Hey, I'm innocent.' It was freaky and suggestive that he may feel he is going to get away with this or that I've gotten away with this for this long", she explains.
The #MeToo movement has seen people around the world come forward with cases of sexual mistreatment, leading to the downfall of powerful men across industries, including double Oscar victor Kevin Spacey. Weinstein is now under constant electronic monitoring and is bound by a ban on traveling beyond NY and CT.
In response, Rose McGowan, one of the many women to have accused Weinstein of rape, said in a statement on her Instagram, "I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law".
"It's been a long time coming and today my fellow victims and I rejoice and pray no one ever underestimates the power of women when we stand together + scream the truth #WeSpoke #MeToo #TimesUp #LockHimUp" - Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan, via Twitter.
"There was a part of me that was terribly naive", Georgina Chapman, his estranged wife and mother of two, told Vogue magazine recently.
Brafman said he had been speaking to Weinstein about 20 times each day and said he was, at times, "lonely and angry". His past clients include former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who ultimately escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.
"This is an emotional moment", her lawyer, Carrie Golberg, said in a statement.