Dershowitz Files Sworn Statement Denying That He Had Sex With Underage Girl

Attorney will seek to disbar lawyers who filed the suit on behalf of his accuser. His wife also defends him. Britain's Prince Andrew, also accused in the case, denies allegation but does not plan legal action, reports say.

Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz
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The attorney and former law professor Alan Dershowitz has filed a sworn statement with a federal court in Florida, denying a woman's accusations that he had sex with her when she was a minor, media reports say.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that in the Monday night filing, Dershowitz called the woman's claim "a deliberate lie."

Dershowitz's accuser and other women say they were sexually abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The woman who accused Dershowitz says that when she was 17, Epstein forced her to have sex with the Harvard professor emeritus, Prince Andrew of Britain and others.

Dershowitz represented Epstein in a 2008 plea agreement that sent the financier to prison on state charges but avoided federal prosecution.

The Wall Street Journal reported that in 2008 Epstein pleaded guilty to a state felony charge of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor. He was released from jail in 2009 after serving about 13 months behind bars.

The women say that that plea accord violated their rights, Reuters reported.

The 76-year-old Dershowitz has said he plans to file complaints against, and seek the disbarment of, the attorneys representing the woman accusing him. Buckingham Palace has identified her as Virginia Roberts.

Her lawyers are Paul Cassell, a University of Utah law professor and former federal judge, and Bradley Edwards, a Florida plaintiffs' attorney.

For their part, Roberts's attorneys said they carefully investigated the allegations in their filings. They said Dershowitz had declined their requests to be deposed. Dershowitz called that "a total lie," reports say. 

Dershowitz's wife, Carolyn, also denied the woman's allegations, telling Inside Edition that "anyone that knows us would find it laughable, if it weren't so serious.".

CNN reported that Prince Andrew plans no legal action against Roberts. Buckingham Palace has categorically denied her statements.