Law professor Alan Dershowitz is suing Netflix after the streaming service aired a documentary that he believes left out important exculpatory evidence. Dershowitz has said for years that his accuser is lying, and he now says that the Netflix documentary has boosted what he calls false allegations.
The documentary series is called Filthy Rich, and it follows the allegations against Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison before he could face charges of sex trafficking. Alan Dershowitz appears twice even in the two-minute trailer. First, he’s seen standing with Epstein as the voice-over discusses Epstein’s plea deal (Dershowitz represented Epstein in this deal), then a shot of a newspaper headline about “expos[ing] perv’s powerful pals” cuts directly to a shot of the attorney’s face as he speaks to reporters.
The full trailer is here.
The documentary also features interviews with victims, including Virginia Giuffre, who says that Dershowitz was among the men who abused her. According to the NY Daily News, Dershowitz complains that what the documentary did not contain was exculpatory evidence that he says the streaming service agreed would be included.
Dershowitz has sought to discredit his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, before, as in a 2019 CBS interview, in which he says he has evidence that she’s lying: “The same woman that accused me claimed to have had dinner with Bill Clinton and two underage girls on Jeffrey Epstein’s island…Secret Service records show that all of that is fantasy, made up. This is a woman with a long long record of lying for money.”
In a 2020 tweet, Dershowitz said that Guiffre was a “serial liar” who lied about not only him, but Al and Tipper Gore, and her own age. The attorney said that Giuffre should be prosecuted for perjury.
in which they vouch for the credibility of a woman who they know is a serial liar. She lied about Al and Tipper Gore. She lied about her age. She lied about me. She should be prosecuted for perjury.
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) June 22, 2020
As reported by Above The Law in 2019, Dershowitz has admitted to receiving a massage at Jeffrey Epstein’s home, but says that the woman giving it was not an underaged girl (though victims report that ‘massage’ was the code word Epstein used for sexual encounters) and that he kept his underwear on during it and doesn’t really like massages anyway.
Giuffre has told her story multiple times, including in this Lifetime clip from last year.
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