Alan Dershowitz Implicated In Released Ghislaine Maxwell Documents
A load of documents released by a judge in the Ghislaine Maxwell case implicates, among others, Alan Dershowitz. The massive infodump of hundreds of pages of documents includes the allegation against Dershowitz, in a 2016 deposition of Virginia Giuffre.
One of the documents released in the Ghislain Maxwell case is a transcript of a deposition of Virginia Giuffre in 2016. A key portion asks her to name names, and to tell where exactly Alan Dershowitz fit into the lineup. Though she explains that timing isn’t always very clear when one is being forced to submit to sexual abuse day after day, Giuffre is able to give some information about the location. A small portion of that deposition can be read below.
Q. And where does Alan Dershowitz fit into that group of people?
A. Same. I can’t tell you piece by piece by piece who — I know Glenn Dubin was first.
A. And I know Stephen Kaufmann was one of the first I was sent to. Alan Dershowitz could have been between there. Between, sorry, between Glenn and Stephen. The first time I was with Alan Dershowitzas in New York, so I wasn’t actually sent to him. It actually happened at one of Jeffrey’s residences.
Dershowitz has repeatedly denied all allegations against him, and has smeared Giuffre as a “prostitute” who cannot be trusted. One of the released documents notes that during the earlier Jeffrey Epstein case, Dershowitz used the same tactic. An attorney opposing Dershowitz’ request to intervene in Giuffre v. Maxwell in 2016 pointed this out:
Finally, in Dershowitz’s vociferous attacks on Ms. Giuffre here, the Court will see an eerie parallel to the Jeffrey Epstein criminal investigation. Back in 2005, when the Palm Beach Police Department was first investigating Epstein’s sexual abuse, the Department accumulated overwhelming evidence placing underage girls at Epstein’s residence who gave statements that they were being sexually abused, the accounts bearing chillingly similar details. As he did to Ms. Giuffre, Dershowitz called those girls liars and defamed them as prostitutes, in an effort to convince the State Attorney that these girls could not even believably establish that they had ever even gone to Epstein’s mansion. Later, Dershowitz would remarkably write to tell the Justice Department that “Epstein never targeted minors.”
Though Dershowitz has publicly denied the allegations, he’s also admitted to receiving at least one massage from a woman (who he says was an adult) at Epstein’s mansion, and last year publicly defended an old op-ed in which he’d asserted that statutory rape is an outdated concept, and that the age of consent should be lowered.
I stand by the constitutional (not moral) argument I offered in my controversial oped: if a 16 year old has the constitutional right to have an abortion without state or parental interference, how could she not have the constitutional right to engage in consensual sex? 1/ https://t.co/48Thb8Uaym
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) July 29, 2019
In that op-ed, he says, “The age of consent should be lowered. It should certainly not be as high as 17 or 16. Reasonable people can disagree over whether it should be as low as 14. Fifteen would seem like an appropriate compromise.”