A lawyer for one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims accused attorney Alan Dershowitz of involvement in the billionaire’s alleged pedophile sex-trafficking ring on Wednesday, saying in federal court that unsealing court documents will show the claim to be true.
According to The Daily Beast, Paul Cassell, who represents Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre, said the documents will show testimony from other witnesses who corroborate Giuffre’s claims.
“When all the records come out it will show that Epstein and [Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine] Maxwell were trafficking girls to the benefit of his friends, including Mr. Dershowitz,” Cassell told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
His remarks came during “oral arguments for a case filed by the Miami Herald to unseal a collection of court documents relating to Giuffre’s now settled lawsuit against Maxwell,” The Daily Beast said.
Dershowitz has adamantly denied the allegations, saying he has never met or seen Giuffre. The Harvard law professor was a part of Epstein’s legal team that worked out a non-prosecution agreement with prosecutors — a deal that a Florida judged said last month was in violation of the law.
But Dershowitz also wants the court documents unsealed, saying they will show he is innocent.
He also accused Giuffre and her lawyers of “fabricating Giuffre’s claims that Epstein forced her to have sex with Dershowitz” and suggested there are emails between Giuffre and a friend that will show she made up the story at her lawyer’s request.
“I’ve denied ever meeting her or even knowing who she was,” Dershowitz said. “She is hurting the #MeToo movement terribly. This was all about money and undercuts the many people who are victimized.”
Guiffre filed a defamation lawsuit against Maxwell in 2015 after she said Giuffre’s claims were “obvious lies.” The case was settled in May 2017, according to The Daily Beast.
The Miami Herald asked a New York federal judge to release all sealed and redacted documents in the case in April 2018.
“Though two previous motions to unseal have been denied, the reasoning underlying the denial—the imminence of trial, and potential impact on a jury—is no longer relevant because the case has been settled,” state court documents filed by one attorney for the Herald.
The lone hold-out for releasing the sealed records is Maxwell, whose attorney “pushed for the panel to stick with U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet’s decision to keep the records secret.”