- A judge unsealed more than 2,000 pages of documents about the sex-trafficking allegations surrounding Jeffrey Epstein on the day before his death.
- Alan Dershowitz anticipated their release, telling INSIDER the files absolve him of sexual misconduct allegations from Virginia Giuffre, who is also an Epstein accuser.
- The unsealed files include a 2011 memoir from Giuffre and email exchanges between her and a journalist. She doesn’t accuse Dershowitz of sexual misconduct in any of them.
- Dershowitz says an interview Giuffre did with the FBI also proves his case, but portions of it are still redacted.
- Giuffre is currently suing Dershowitz for defamation after he called her a “liar” for making the misconduct allegations.
- A representative for Giuffre’s team told INSIDER they’re moving forward with her lawsuit.
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On Friday, a day before Jeffrey Epstein’s death, a judge unsealed more than 2,000 pages of documents from a court case involving Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of acting as Epstein’s “madam” by organising his alleged sex trafficking ring.
Among the people eagerly awaiting the release of those documents was Alan Dershowitz, the celebrity lawyer who defended OJ Simpson in his murder trial, and who was friends with Epstein for years. Dershowitz was also part of Epstein’s legal team that brokered the lenient plea deal in 2008 that allowed Epstein to spend just 13 months in county jail while working from home most days.
Dershowitz has long held that the documents would prove his innocence of sexual misconduct allegations from Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who is also one of Epstein’s accusers. According to Giuffre, Dershowitz repeatedly had sex with her in Epstein’s residences in the 2000s. Dershowitz vigorously denies the accusations. He alleges they’re part of a larger plot cooked up by David Boies, the lawyer representing Giuffre, to take him down.
As evidence, he says that Giuffre didn’t level claims against him until 2014, when Boies began representing her. Dershowitz said he couldn’t cite the papers in public records because they were under seal. But now that the documents have been released, Dershowitz told INSIDER they’re “completely exculpatory.”
Meanwhile, Giuffre stands by her allegations and is pressing along with a lawsuit accusing him of defamation for calling her a “liar.”
“We are definitely going forward with Virginia’s defamation litigation against him,” a representative for Giuffre told INSIDER. “Dershowitz should be very concerned about the discovery and the subpoena power connected to Virginia’s litigation against him for defamation and what the public is going to learn. Those dots should be connected.”
Giuffre’s memoir mentions Dershowitz – but doesn’t accuse him of sexual misconduct.
Among the documents, Dershowitz points to a draft of a memoir written by Giuffre about her experience, titled “The Billionaire’s Playboy Club.” In the memoir, he appears in just one paragraph. Giuffre describes Dershowitz as a “good friend” of Epstein and as having “a taste for the young and beautiful.”
But Giuffre doesn’t, as Dershowitz emphasises, actually describe having sex with him. Here’s the passage:
“Jeffrey’s business was running well from the looks of his attentiveness the office he owned in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Alan Dershowitz, his colleague in finances and personal solicitor, a bird of the same feather, I had seen hanging around the island and Jeffrey’s Manhattan mansion, more and more these days. Alan’s taste for the young and beautiful was a bias for a blooming business relationship between him and Jeffrey. After an explicit session of Jeffrey’s vulgar pilgrimage into my body, we were interrupted by a knock at the door by Jeffrey’s good friend, Alan. I wrapped myself up in Jeffrey’s pink bed sheets, which is the colour preference he chose to sleep in because it reminded him of the same colour of his own words ‘Pussy,’ and covered my face from the unexpected intrusion. Jeffrey got up and wrapped a towel around his loins and answered the door completely calm. Opening the bedroom door and letting Alan inside they began to converse about business immediately, right in front of me. Jeffrey started to tell Alan what needed to be done while he jostled some notes down quickly. I peeked my head from underneath the covers thinking they were too wrapped up in their work to notice me get up and dressed, and Jeffrey turned back to me and told me to just stay there this would only take a second. Going back to Alan he turned his focus back into work and hustled out a few more orders before letting Alan out of the door and returning his attention to me.
Had the two really had sex, Dershowitz told INSIDER, it wouldn’t make any sense for Giuffre to omit the detail from her book. Since Dershowitz is famous, it would help get attention for her manuscript, he said.
“She would benefit enormously by including me, she would help sell the book enormously,” Dershowitz said. “That was back in 2011 when this was fresher in her mind, she named the people she had sex with, and I am not among them. She names me in the book as someone she did not have sex with, as someone who was just hanging around Jeffrey Epstein.”
The fact that Giuffre didn’t include an anecdote about having sex with Dershowitz in her memoir backs his assertion that Boies convinced her to accuse him of sexual misconduct, Dershowitz said. Giuffre made her accusations about him and Britain’s Prince Andrew in 2014, around the time Boies took her on as a client.
“It proves conclusively that she didn’t begin to accuse me until after she meets her lawyer,” Dershowitz said. “She expressly omits me in 2011, 2012, and 2013.”
A representative for Giuffre called the memoir passage “pretty damning” and said the memoir “was never intended to be an exhaustive list of everyone she was trafficked to or a ‘tell-all.'”
According to Dershowitz, Giuffre’s accusations were part of a plot orchestrated by Boies to shake down Leslie Wexner – the CEO of the company that owns Victoria’s Secret and the main source of Epstein’s money at the time – for $US1 billion. Sarah Ransome, the other woman who accused Dershowitz of sexual misconduct, was Boies’s “revenge” when his plot with Giuffre failed, Dershowitz said.
“It’s only after she meets her lawyers and her lawyers tell her about the pot at the end of the rainbow, a billion dollars from Leslie Wexner,” Dershowitz said. (A person close to Wexner denies any “shakedown” happened.)
Giuffre didn’t accuse Dershowitz of sexual misconduct in an exchange with a journalist in 2011.
In addition to Giuffre’s memoir, there are other parts of the newly released documents that Dershowitz says prove his innocence: An email exchange with a journalist from 2011, and an interview she gave to the FBI in 2013.
“These emails, as far as I’m concerned, are a smoking gun,” he said. “There’s absolutely no doubt she made up the story about me only after she met her lawyers in 2014.”
In 2011, Giuffre and Sharon Churcher, a reporter for The Mail on Sunday, emailed each other about Giuffre’s story. In the exchange, Giuffre asks Churcher to help her reconstruct a list of Epstein’s associates, so Giuffre could include them in her book.
“Don’t forget Alan Dershowitz. JE’s buddy and lawyer,” Churcher wrote to Giuffre. “Good name for your pitch… We all suspect Alan is a pedo and tho no proof of that, you probably met him when he was hanging with JE.”
But in an interview with the New Yorker, Giuffre said she had already told Churcher about Dershowitz, and the reporter seemed to forget about their conversation.
“I can’t say what she was thinking, but I think she threw Alan into it forgetting that I had already mentioned him, even informed her of the experiences I had with him,” Giuffre told the New Yorker.
In the end, Dershowitz appeared only in that one paragraph in Giuffre’s book draft – not as someone Giuffre has sex with. In January 2015, Churcher published an article about Giuffre’s time with Epstein and Prince Andrew. It doesn’t mention Dershowitz at all.
Giuffre didn’t appear to mention Dershowitz’s name to the FBI in 2011 – but portions of it are still redacted.
In July 2011, Giuffre, who by then moved to Australia, spoke to the FBI about her experience with Epstein and Maxwell. An agent’s extensive notes from that interview, taken in the US consulate, are included in the documents unsealed Friday.
Portions of the notes have been redacted. The un-redacted portions don’t mention Dershowitz. Regardless, Dershowitz told INSIDER that the report also supports his assertion that Giuffre didn’t level claims against him until Boies began representing her.
“She speaks to the FBI, she mentions all the people shes had sex with,” he said. “She does not mention me as somebody she had sex with.”
Dershowitz’s association with Epstein puts his reputation at risk in the twilight of his career
Dershowitz is 80 years old, and the sexual misconduct allegations from Giuffre and Ransome threaten to ruin the reputation he spent decades building as a civil libertarian law scholar and world-class criminal defence lawyer.
He was friends with Epstein for years – the unsealed court records show he flew on Epstein’s private jet numerous times – before joining his team of lawyers in 2006. His role on that team, which gave Epstein a light sentence after an extensive sex trafficking investigation in 2008, has drawn fresh scrutiny in recent weeks amid the charges Epstein faced.
A representative for Giuffre’s legal team at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Boies’s law firm, directed INSIDER to Connie Bruck’s article about Dershowitz and Giuffre in the New Yorker, published in July, where she stood by her allegations.
In the article, Giuffre recounts telling Tony Figueroa, her boyfriend during the time she was with Epstein, about having sex with Dershowitz. Giuffre also said she named Dershowitz in 2009 in a conversation with Katherine Ezell, the Miami-based attorney she hired to sue Epstein.
The representative for Giuffre’s team told INSIDER that, in addition to the case against Dershowitz, the unsealed documents paint a vivid portrait of Epstein and Maxwell’s alleged sex-trafficking operation that the public should know about. Giuffre also brought an earlier, separate suit against Maxwell, which was settled.
“I am sure Ghislaine Maxwell and her lawyers now realise how damaging Virginia’s defamation suit against her was,” the representative said. “That litigation produced documents that are now becoming available that are of great public interest. The media and the government are gaining a detailed understanding from those documents how the Epstein and Maxwell international sex trafficking operation was conducted.”
Sigrid McCawley, an attorney for Boies Schiller Flexner who is representing Giuffre in her case against Dershowitz, told The Daily Beast that “the truth will have the final word.”
“The documents and exhibits should be carefully examined for the vivid, detailed and tragic story they tell in the face of cursory, bumper-sticker like statements by those accused,” she said. “Virginia Roberts Giuffre is a survivor and a woman to be believed. She believes a reckoning of inevitable accountability has begun.”
The case is making its way through the court system, but Dershowitz said the document trove should be the end of it.
“The emails from 2011 and the manuscript that she wrote in 2011 conclusively establish that she never had sex with me and that she never told anybody she did,” he said.
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