Alan Dershowitz, who defended Jeffrey Epstein towards prices that he had serially abused younger ladies in 2008, has written an essay in The Spectator defending Epstein’s onetime girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who was arrested on Thursday and charged with six counts associated to the trafficking of underage ladies, together with transportation of a minor with intent to interact in prison sexual exercise.
“Like each different arrested particular person,” writes Dershowitz, “she have to be presumed harmless.”
The lawyer then spent many of the remainder of the essay assailing Netflix for its current multi-part documentary, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Wealthy, during which one among Epstein’s most outstanding accusers says Dershowitz abused her a number of instances whereas she was beneath Epstein’s management.
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Dershowitz has for weeks been assailing
If you need the reality concerning the false accusation towards me, learn my guide Guilt by Accusation which is free on kindle. It places the deceive Netflix’s deeply flawed presentation. https://t.co/q5VOH6wETV
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) June 21, 2020
“She claimed to have intercourse with me on six or seven events,” writes Dershowitz within the Spectator, “though she had beforehand admitted in her personal phrases that she by no means met me and even heard of me.”
Dershowitz has confirmed he jetted to Epstein’s personal island the place intercourse trafficking allegedly occurred, however solely as soon as. He says he was accompanied on that journey by his spouse and daughter.
That’s a lie. My spouse & daughter have been with me the one time I flew to the island, years earlier than Guiffre met Epstein and years earlier than he was suspected of wrongdoing. Present me a flight log that has me going to island with out my spouse. You may’t as a result of there isn’t any.
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) June 23, 2020
As for Maxwell, Dershowitz writes in his essay that he by no means noticed her do something untoward and assumed she was merely Epstein’s girlfriend.
My spouse and I have been launched to Ghislaine Maxwell by Sir Evelyn and Woman Lynne de Rothschild, and we subsequently met her on a number of events — usually within the presence of outstanding folks equivalent to Invoice and Hillary Clinton, Nobel Prize-winning scientists, presidents of universities, and outstanding tutorial and enterprise folks. We by no means noticed her do something inappropriate. We knew her solely as Jeffrey Epstein’s thirty-something girlfriend.
Later nonetheless, Dershowitz negotiated a controversial plea deal for Epstein in Palm Seashore County that shielded the billionaire from federal prosecution in 2008. Epstein pleaded responsible to a state cost (one among two) of procuring for prostitution a woman under age 18 and he was sentenced to 18 months in jail. The deal additionally shielded Maxwell.
One yr in the past, Epstein was re-arrested after a cache of express photographs of women was allegedly present in his house. The financier was charged with intercourse trafficking and intercourse trafficking conspiracy and confronted a mixed most sentence of as much as 45 years in jail. Earlier than he may very well be tried, Epstein hanged himself in his jail cell.
On the time, the New York Instances stated the arrest deepened “questions on why federal prosecutors in Miami had reduce a deal that shielded him from federal prosecution in 2008.”
Right this moment, ever the protection lawyer, Dershowitz urged readers of the Spectator to “maintain an open thoughts about Maxwell.”