Harvard Crimson: Epstein Allegedly Directed Second Woman To Dershowitz For Sex

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Sarah Ransome alleges that she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell when she was in her 20s.

The Harvard Crimson reported in December 2018 that court documents in a “lawsuit against billionaire, Harvard donor, and convicted sex offender Jeffrey E. Epstein allege Epstein directed a second woman to have sex with Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan M. Dershowitz.”

  • The charges were unearthed “during a Nov. 7 [2018] hearing in a lawsuit filed by Sarah Ransome against Epstein, his associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and several others,” according to the report.
  • The New York Daily News reported that “Ransome [had] sued Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, saying they trafficked her for sex from 2006 to 2007, while she was in her 20s.”
  • Epstein, who held “strong ties to the University through multi-million dollar donations and close relationships with high-profile affiliates,” was first charged with operating a child sex ring from his Florida home in 2005.
  • Dershowitz was part of the late financier’s seven-person legal team that struck a lenient plea deal on Epstein’s behalf, the Crimson noted.

During the Nov. 7 hearing, Maxwell’s lawyer, Laura Menninger, mentioned Dershowitz’s name as one of several “third party” persons Ransome alleges Epstein directed her to have sex with, the New York Daily News first reported. The transcript of that hearing, once publicly available, has since been sealed.

Nowhere in the case or the transcript does anyone allege Ransome had sex with Dershowitz, according to the Herald.

  • "(Ransome) has alleged not only that my client ran a sex trafficking organization but she claims also that she was directed by my client and the Epstein defendants to have sex with third parties, including Alan Dershowitz, for example," Menninger said, according to the Daily News.
  • Dershowitz told the Crimson that he had never met Ransome, questioned her credibility, and denied the allegations.
  • He said to the publication at the time: “I am a victim of a false accusation, a deliberate false accusation, an attempt to frame me for money. And victims should speak out.”

Dershowitz also faces allegations from Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says she was raped by the attorney as a minor.

  • Guiffre “stated in an affidavit in a Florida federal court that Epstein ‘forced’ her to have sexual relations with Dershowitz ‘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.’”
  • The Crimson noted that “Dershowitz has denied Roberts’ allegations multiple times over several years and has stated that he has never met Roberts.”

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