Famed legal expert Alan Dershowitz was named in this week’s long-awaited release of the late Jeffrey Epstein’s “little black book.”
In December, a federal judge ordered the list of more than 150 names in the book released to the public. Arguments regarding the release of the list originated in 2015 during a hearing involving Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre.
In 2021, the Court indicated its contents would not remain sealed indefinitely.
The list of names includes associates and clients but also includes victims and casual contacts — many from the 1990s.
Entertainer David Copperfield, for example, is named but contends his contact with Epstein was in the early 90’s and limited to a performance for an event Epstein hosted. At the time, charges regarding Epstein’s involvement with sex trafficking minors were not public information.
Like Copperfield, most of the names on the list are not associated with any legal accusation or charge. However, being on Epstein’s list for any reason can negatively impact one’s professional reputation today.
Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor emeritus and Fox News contributor is also named in Epstein’s little black book. Attempting to squelch rumors and speculation, Dershowitz discussed the matter in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
In speaking with Hannity, Dershowitz shared that his name was brought up in court proceedings in connection with Ghislaine Maxwell, whom the Washington Examiner described as “the madame groomer and romantic partner to Epstein who helped him sexually abuse girls as young as 14 over decades.”
Maxwell was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in 2022.
Hannity asked Dershowitz to explain why his name was brought forward by prosecution witnesses and to address the allegation that he had sexual relations with Jane Doe #3, as a witness alleged. Jane Doe #3 also alleged Dershowitz sexually abused other minors.
An excerpt of a witness statement during a hearing reads: “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.”
Those charges were later dismissed.
Dershowitz denied any wrongdoing and pointed to conflicting statements by the witness who originally named him.
“First of all, the woman who accused me has now stated categorically that she may have misidentified me, confused me with someone else,” said Dershowitz, now 85. “If all the documents are revealed, it will prove categorically that she did misidentify me, that I’ve never met her, never heard of her, spoke to her.”
“I want everything out, every document, every piece of paper, half-truths or lies, and I wanted them out for personal reasons because I know that they would prove what I’ve said from day one – that I did nothing wrong,” he added.
Dershowitz previously claimed his relationship with Epstein “was nothing but innocuous legal representation.” In 2008, the legal expert helped Epstein reach a plea agreement in response to initial sexual abuse allegations involving minors.
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