Alan Dershowitz Accused In Sex-Trafficking Ring
Harvard Professor and Attorney Alan Dershowitz is accused of participating in a large scale sex-trafficking ring led by his former client, Jeffrey Epstein. A sex-trafficking victim named Virginia Roberts Giuffre made the claims through her attorney in court on Wednesday.
Her attorney, Paul Cassell, claims that soon to be unsealed documents will prove Dershowitz’s guilt in the matter.
The claims were made during testimony in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
“When all the records come out it will show that Epstein and [Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine] Maxwell were trafficking girls to the benefit of his friends, including Mr. Dershowitz,” Cassell said in oral arguments.
Just two weeks ago, a Florida judge ruled that federal prosecutors violated the law in the 2007 Epstein case. The deal, which sealed 30 of Epstein’s victims, resulted in Epstein not being prosecuted. The Department of Justice is also investigating the former case.
Dershowitz provided essential legal strategy in the Epstein case, which ultimately led to Epstein’s favorable deal.
Dershowitz denies the charges vehemently. Additionally, he and his team have requested that documents be unsealed. They claim that this will prove Dershowitz innocence.
“I’ve denied ever meeting her or even knowing who she was,” Dershowitz said, according to The Daily Beast.
“She [Giuffre] is hurting the #MeToo movement terribly. This was all about money and undercuts the many people who are victimized.”
When asked over his legal relationship with Epstein, Dershowitz said, “I don’t represent Epstein. You never stop being someone’s lawyer.”
“I was his lawyer until this deal was made,” Dershowitz continued.
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Epstein faced life in prison but ended up being charged with solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution. Both charges amounted to little in the way of ramifications. A Miami Herald investigation exposed a ring of more than 80 potential Epstein victims from 2001 to 2006.
Dershowitz wrote a letter to The Daily Beast:
“The accusation by Virginia Roberts Giuffre is the same one she made, and I conclusively disproved, more than four years ago. I produced all my travel and American Express records, which proved that I could not have been, and was not at the places and times she claims to have had sex with me. The former Director of the FBI carefully reviewed these records as part of a thorough investigation and concluded that “the totality of the evidence found during the investigation refutes the allegations.”
“Of course, Cassell accused me in open court,” he continued. “That is his modus operandi: to hide behind the litigation privilege so I can’t sue him and his clients for defamation. I challenge his clients – my false accusers – to repeat their false accusations to the Daily Beast, so I can sue them. They won’t because they know if they do, I will be able to prove that they submitted perjured affidavits and should be prosecuted. They have never accused me outside of court and I challenge them to do so. That would be news.”
Author: Jim Satney
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