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Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz appeared to be defending Ghislaine Maxwell and said Jeffrey Epstein’s onetime girlfriend has the right to be “presumed innocent.”
The attorney, who once defended the late Epstein in 2008 when he was accused of sexually abusing underage girls, penned an essay titled “The Ghislaine Maxwell I Know” for The Spectator in which he seemed to come to her defense as he also slammed Netflix for a docuseries about Epstein.
Dershowitz noted in the op-ed that he and his wife had met Maxwell several times over the years and “generally in the presence of prominent people.” He contended that they “never saw her do anything inappropriate” and that they “knew her only as Jeffrey Epstein’s thirty-something girlfriend.”
Victims of the deceased billionaire and pedophile had previously accused Maxwell of recruiting them. The British socialite was arrested on Thursday and is facing charges on six counts related to trafficking underage girls, including charges of conspiracy to entice minors to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors for illegal sex acts, transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sex acts, and perjury.
Speculation runs rampant following Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest: ‘Where are they going to keep her safe?’ https://t.co/NyFTpatlZA pic.twitter.com/wFvXy7hWpt
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 2, 2020
“Now she stands accused of serious crimes allegedly committed a quarter of a century ago,” Dershowitz wrote.
“Like every other arrested person, she must be presumed innocent. Many in the public however, will presume her guilty because of the portrayal of her in the Netflix series about Jeffrey Epstein,” he added, blasting the series which he contends should not be believed because it is “based largely on the accounts of two women with histories of making dubious accusations.”
The attorney has denied claims made by the women against him as well, as they accused him of being involved in Epstein’s underage sex ring, allegations that Dershowitz has vehemently denied.
“She claimed to have sex with me on six or seven occasions,” he wrote in the Spectator, “although she had previously admitted in her own words that she never met me or even heard of me.”
While Dershowitz admitted he once traveled to Epstein’s infamous private island, he said he was with his wife and daughter at the time.
That’s a lie. My wife & daughter were with me the one time I flew to the island, years before Guiffre met Epstein and years before he was suspected of wrongdoing. Show me a flight log that has me going to island without my wife. You can’t because there isn’t any.
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) June 23, 2020
Dershowitz spent a great deal of his essay assailing Netflix.
“I presented all this documentation to Netflix and they promised to show it to their viewing audience, but they broke their promise and withheld it,” he wrote, adding that the media company “refused because they did not want their viewers to see anything that challenged the credibility of the lying witnesses who were central to their one-sided narrative.”
“So everyone should keep an open mind about Maxwell as they should about others who have been accused by Epstein’s alleged victims,” Dershowitz wrote. “Only after a full trial, in which both sides are presented should reasonable people come to conclusions about Ghislaine Maxwell.”
He also warned that the Statute of Limitations may have expired “on these 20-plus year allegations” and that Maxwell “is protected by Epstein’s original plea deal that expressly included Maxwell as someone who received immunity,” referring to the deal he helped negotiate for Epstein when he pleaded in Palm Beach County, Florida.
“So stay tuned,” Dershowitz concluded. “The case against Ghislaine Maxwell is far from over.”
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