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Dershowitz named in lawsuit alleging abuse of underage sex slave

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A federal lawsuit in Florida accuses Alan Dershowitz, the famed advocate for Israel, of sexually abusing a minor. Dershowitz has denied the charges and vowed to hit back.

The allegations come in a lawsuit by four women against the federal government for violating the rights of crime victims when it made a plea deal in 2008 with Jeffrey Epstein, the notorious financier, over allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Epstein ended up spending more than a year in prison.

The suit says that Dershowitz routinely had sexual relations with Epstein’s “sex slave” at a time when she was under 18 years old, and before she escaped Epstein. The JTA says that Dershowitz denies the charges:

Alan Dershowitz declared “totally, unequivocally and completely false” allegations that he enjoyed sexual services from a minor employed by a friend and client.

From the lawsuit. It states that Jane Doe #3 was held as a “sex slave” by Jeffrey Epstein between 1999 and 2002, when she was 15 to 18 years old. The sexual abuse took place in New York, Florida, Mexico, the US Virgin Islands, and on Epstein’s private planes. The allegation re Dershowitz:

Epstein also sexually trafficked the then-minor Jane Doe, making her available for sex to politically-connected and financially-powerful people. Epstein’s purposes in “lending” Jane Doe (along with other young girls) to such powerful people were to ingratiate himself with them for business, personal, political, and financial gain, as well as to obtain potential blackmail information. One such powerful individual that Epstein forced then-minor Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with was former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a close friend of Epstein’s and well-known criminal defense attorney. 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. In addition to being a participant in the abuse of Jane Doe #3 and other minors, Deshowitz was an eye-witness to the sexual abuse of many other minors by Epstein and several of Epstein’s co-conspirators. Dershowitz would later play a significant role in negotiating the NPA on Epstein’s behalf. Indeed, Dershowitz helped negotiate an agreement that provided immunity from federal prosecution in the Southern District of Florida not only to Epstein, but also to “any potential co-conspirators of Epstein.” NPA at 5. Thus, Dershowitz helped negotiate an agreement with a provision that provided protection for himself against criminal prosecution in Florida for sexually abusing Jane Doe #3. Because this broad immunity would have been controversial if disclosed, Dershowitz (along with other members of Epstein’s defense team) and the Government tried to keep the immunity provision secret from all of Epstein’s victims and the general public, even though such secrecy violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.

The story is getting headlines because Epstein also allegedly made the slave available to Britain’s Prince Andrew. The Washington Post quotes Dershowitz’s furious denials. Dershowitz told Politico he’s planning on filing some charges of his own in response to the allegations:

“[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. “I’m also challenging the young woman and the lawyers to level those charges against me outside of the courtroom, so that I can sue them for defamation…..Finally, I’m challenging the woman to file criminal charges against me because the filing of false criminal charges is a crime.”

In a related filing, a lawyer whom Epstein is suing has said that Dershowitz and Epstein were friends for many years and “Epstein donated $30 Million one year to the university at which Dershowitz teaches.”

Here is a copy of the full court motion:

Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 v. U.S. by torontostar

Thanks to Adam Horowitz

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  1. lysias on January 6, 2015, 4:40 pm

    This earlier Daily Mail story has Tony Blair’s name in the (was there just one?) black book: Revealed: Bill Clinton, Mick Jagger and Donald Trump were in black book of Prince Andrew’s sex abuser friend Jeffrey Epstein. It also reveals that the women victims’ lawyers are seeking court permission to take evidence from Bill Clinton and his staff.

  2. John O on January 6, 2015, 5:10 pm

    I know a lot of people here are linking to the UK newspaper the Daily Mail for details on this story. As a UK resident, I’d just say, be careful. It’s a vicious right-wing rag that spends most of its time scaring the older folk of Britain with stories along the lines of “Romanian immigrants affect house prices and give you cancer”.

    Occasionally, the Mail does something decent (like its campaign to nail the murderers of black teenager Steven Lawrence).

    More often, it advances a right-wing agenda, anti immigrants, anti the National Health Service (socialised medicine, doncha know) etc.

    I am very dubious as to what the real agenda of the Mail is on this story (apart from the obvious one of selling as many papers as possible).

  3. lysias on January 6, 2015, 5:28 pm

    ‘Sex slave’ who claims she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew was ‘promised to be looked after if she kept quiet’:

    The ‘sex slave’ who claims she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew was promised she would ‘be looked after’ if she kept quiet, bombshell court documents allege.

    Virginia Roberts said she was contacted by lawyers acting for billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein just a week after she was interviewed by the FBI about allegations of sex abuse at his Florida mansion.

    Epstein’s legal team ‘tracked her down’ to Australia, leaving her ‘terrified’, before apparently trying to secure her silence, according to a transcript of a telephone interview she had with lawyers in 2011.

    Miss Roberts said she was warned any of the victims who did not comply would be smeared as ‘drug addicts and prostitutes’.

    Think Epstein’s lawyer Dersh was involved?

    • Pixel on January 7, 2015, 6:33 am

      good grief, so many bucket hats!

      (that’s one wild photo!)

  4. lysias on January 6, 2015, 6:49 pm

    For those who may not have noticed, Phil has a new thread up on Dersh and the scandal. It’s a lot shorter than this one at the moment. Maybe the length of this thread with its hundreds of comments may have been part of the reason why some postings disappeared.

    • Mooser on January 6, 2015, 9:45 pm

      The postings haven’t disappeared, the comment thread split into two threads about comment 400! There should be an “older comments” link at the side of the page. I don’t know, but it might split off again when we get to 800 or so?

      Edit: This is page 3 of comments!

      • CloakAndDagger on January 6, 2015, 10:04 pm

        No, there was a glitch in the MW site this afternoon (Pacific Time) and all the comments I had posted during the previous 15 or so minutes all disappeared.

        The site was inaccessible for a little while. I thought it was a DDOS attack by the Dersh’s henchmen. It would be great if Adam or someone could confirm if that is what happened.

  5. Pixel on January 7, 2015, 6:40 am

    The Dersh is slowing down…

    Alan Dershowitz moves to sue lawyers representing alleged teen ‘sex slave’ for defamation, but they sue him first

    Love this in the comments section:

    “kathleen johnson”
    What makes no sense to me is why, of all the people Virginia Roberts might lie about, she would choose Alan Dershowitz. What would a 17 year old from Florida know about him. Unless you remembered him from OJ’s trial, he is not a household name. And what would she possibly have to gain to make it up when she and her lawyers know her accusations would have to be backed up. This is going to be interesting to follow.

    • Mark Springs on January 30, 2015, 11:31 am

      Dersh may eventually have to use the following defense tactic: “If the condom don’t fit, you got to aquit”. Of course this follows weeks of self-administering one of those penis-enhancing drugs.

  6. Pixel on January 7, 2015, 7:01 am
    • CigarGod on January 7, 2015, 9:14 am

      He says he can provide credit card and other records that prove he only made one trip or wasn’t there etc.

      By themselves that wouldn’t seem to prove much. If he flew on epsteins jet, stayed at his house…ate there or ate out…as a guest of epstein or others…there wouldnt be much of a record. Could be a big bluff. He has made nice poker quotes in the past…

  7. Robert Sterling on January 23, 2015, 5:02 pm

    Posted this comment on another article but it is more appropriate here – I’m a royalist, but would believe that the Duke of York would be embroiled in some unsavoury business way before the douche Dershowitz. But Gawker’s post on the Lolita Express flight logs is certainly sickening the plot –

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