Alan Dershowitz Denies Involvement in Underage Sex Scandal

Noted attorney was named in suit charging that prosecutors in Florida broke the law by granting his client, Jeffrey Epstein, a plea deal to avoid prosecution.

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Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.Credit: AP

Alan Dershowitz firmly denied allegations that he engaged in sexual activity with a minor employed by a client.

Dershowitz declared “totally, unequivocally and completely false” allegations that he had sex with the former staffer for investor Jeffrey Epstein.

Dershowitz was named in a lawsuit charging that federal prosecutors in Florida broke the law by granting Epstein a plea deal to avoid a federal prosecution, Politico reported on December 31.

According to a court filing quoted by Politico, Epstein forced the woman, referred to as Jane Doe #3, to have sex with Dershowitz, among other men, including Britain's Prince Andrew.

“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,” the filing claimed.

Dershowitz, who helped defend Epstein against prostitution charges, told Politico that he was not in any of the places at the times cited in the filing, save for one occasion when he visited Epstein’s private island with his family.

Epstein, who served 13 months of an 18-month prison sentence after being accused of pedophilia and other major crimes, was friends with world figures such as Ehud Barak, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. 

Dershowitz told Politico he planned to seek the disbarment of the two lawyers representing the former staffer.

“I’m planning to file disbarment charges against the two lawyers who signed this petition without even checking the manifests of airplanes or travel itineraries, et cetera,” he said.

As a result of the plea deal, Epstein served 13 months for state prostitution charges but avoided a federal prosecution.

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