(TMU) – The highly-anticipated Thursday night release of explosive documents related to alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and her late ex-boyfriend, the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, are already causing massive waves and deepening public opinion against the notorious British socialite.
However, amid the redactions of names and blacked-out details that abound throughout the unsealed depositions, one name sticks out like a sore thumb: that of celebrity lawyer and emeritus Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz.
Alan Dershowitz has been a long-time fixture in cable news programs and real-life courtroom dramas. In addition to defending Epstein, Dershowitz was a notable member of O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team” during the 1995 murder trial, recently assisted Harvey Weinstein’s defense team, and was a prominent defense attorney for President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.
The documents released Thursday related to Epstein accuser and former “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s now-settled 2015 civil lawsuit against Maxwell. Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation after she was accused by the British socialite of fabricating the sexual abuse allegations against her and Epstein.
Guiffre had alleged that Maxwell lured her into joining Epstein’s ring before grooming her to be sexually abused by him and his “clients” when she was only 15. While the case was settled in 2017, the unsealing of the new documents still packs a punch.
Accusations that Alan Dershowitz was a part of Epstein’s inner circle that regularly abused and sexually exploited a number of women, including underage girls, aren’t entirely new. Dershowitz was accused in 2014 of having sex with Giuffre while she was a minor in the court filings that were recently unsealed. One document reads:
“One such powerful individual that Epstein forced then-minor Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with was former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a close friend of Epstein’s and well-known criminal defense attorney.
“Epstein required Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with Dershowitz on numerous occasions while she was a minor, not only in Florida but also on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
Newly unsealed #GhislaineMaxwell documents claim @AlanDersh got Epstein a sweetheart plea deal in order to gain immunity for himself against allegations that he raped an underaged girl "numerous" times in New York, Florida, New Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands and on airplanes. https://t.co/djRnDSqIsP
— Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) July 31, 2020
Dershowitz played a crucial role in helping Epstein furnish a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in the 2008 case against him, when the convicted pedophile was imprisoned for 13 months on state prostitution charges.
In a statement to Forbes, Dershowitz offered the strange explanation that he wanted the documents to be released because he felt it would exonerate him in the eyes of the court and the public. He wrote:
“I demanded release of these documents. They contain no new accusations that were not made public in Guiffre’s prior lawsuits. The reason I wanted them released is because they contain smoking gun emails and a manuscript that prove in Guiffre’s own words that she never met me and made up the entire story.”
I demanded release of all documents because they contain emails and manuscripts proving in Guiffre’s own words that she never met me. I knew they would repeat her false accusations against me, Al and Tipper Gore and others, which her own lawyers admit are “wrong”.
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) July 31, 2020
However, the accusations are more damning now that Dershowitz has taken it upon himself to publicly advocate for Maxwell and Epstein in the press, while also name-dropping other high-profile and elite political and business figures who were friends with the notorious alleged sex trafficker.
On July 3, one day after Maxwell’s arrest, The Spectator released an impassioned op-ed from Dershowitz defending her that begins with the following star-studded introduction:
“My wife and I were introduced to Ghislaine Maxwell by Sir Evelyn and Lady Lynne de Rothschild, and we subsequently met her on several occasions — generally in the presence of prominent people such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Nobel Prize-winning scientists, presidents of universities, and prominent academic and business people.”
Dershowitz went on to passionately argue that Maxwell should be “presumed innocent” like “every other arrested person,” which ignores the fact that her past transgressions have long been a matter of public opinion and pop culture in the form of Netflix documentaries, memes, and so one. Dershowitz also notes that he personally “never saw [Maxwell] do anything inappropriate.”
Dershowitz was listed on Epstein’s flight logs as having been on board the financier’s private jet eleven times, making the famous lawyer a frequent visitor to his client’s so-called “Pedo Island.”
Dershowitz also has a long history of making bizarre and argumentative statements to the press. Last year, the noted civil libertarian defended his infamous position from a 1997 Los Angeles Times op-ed that the age of consent should be lowered to 14 or 15 that also made the claim that statutory rape is an “outdated concept.”
It remains to be seen what other details the ongoing trial of Ghislaine Maxwell may produce. However, it’s become increasingly clear that Dershowitz is squirming in the limelight of the recently unsealed documents and newfound media attention.
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