Alan Dershowitz says release of Epstein documents will prove ‘he did nothing wrong’

Alan Dershowitz has said he wants every last document and “piece of paper” related to the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to be made public – claiming it will prove he “did nothing wrong”.

Epstein's victim Virginia Gouffre previously accused Donald Trump's former lawyer and Harvard Law School professor of sexual abuse, claiming she was trafficked by Epstein to Dershowitz for sex.

After the charges, contentious legal battles between Mr. Dershowitz and Ms. Giuffre continued for the next three years.

Then, in November 2022, Ms. Giuffre admitted that she may have been mistaken in identifying Mr. Dershowitz as one of her abusers. The lawsuits were subsequently dismissed by both sides.

Now, up to 200 of Epstein's associates are set to be exposed after a judge ordered the unsealing of court documents in a settled lawsuit brought by Ms. Giuffre against Epstein's accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell.

Many of the documents had previously been made public – although hundreds of names had been redacted from the files.

The records are due to be released any day now after a judge ruled they could be unsealed after January 1.

Speaking to NewsNation on Tuesday, Mr. Dershowitz said he wants all documents in the case to be released — accusing the judge of withholding some testimony.

“The reason I wanted them to put everything in – and I don't think the judge put everything in, I think she was selective in what she put in and that's unfair,” he said.

“I want everything out, every document, every piece of paper, half-truths or lies, and I wanted them for personal reasons because I know they would prove what I said from day one – that I did nothing wrong. “

Mr. Dershowitz pointed out that “the woman who accused me later admitted that she may have misidentified me, she mistook me for someone else.”

Alan Dershowitz has always denied any wrongdoing in relation to Jeffrey Epstein

(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

“So I wanted everything to come out from the start because I have nothing to hide,” he added.

The Harvard professor — who represented Trump in his first impeachment trial and OJ Simpson in his infamous murder trial — continued to defend Epstein's associates whose names will soon be made public.

He said people may be “ashamed” of their association with the serial sex offender and trafficker, but that does not mean they are guilty of an offence.

“You could judge them for showing poor judgment, but you can't conclude that the allegations against them are true without hearing the evidence,” he said.

He later added: “There are some people who may be ashamed of hanging out with Epstein, but they remember that a lot of people hung out with Epstein before he was convicted.

“Harvard presidents, deans, Nobel-quality scientists, they thought very highly of him at first.”

Mr. Dershowitz's name could be one such name on the list, Fox News' Sean Hannity speculated this week.

But, as Mr. Dershowitz said, a person being named in the documents does not necessarily mean they are accused of any wrongdoing.

Ms Giuffre filed a defamation suit against Maxwell in 2015 after the woman who would later be a convicted sex offender accused her of lying about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Epstein.

The suit was settled in 2017, but placed under a protective seal — with the identities of those named in the filings kept under lock and key.

Jeffrey Epstein died in a Manhattan jail cell

(AP)

After some legal wrangling – then The Miami Herald sued over the release of the documents, and Maxwell's legal team tried to block it – US District Judge Loretta Preska ruled last month that the trove of documents could be made public and the names completely unsealed.

While the federal judge ordered the names of several of Epstein's victims to remain anonymous, he said there was no legal justification for keeping the names of Epstein's associates as “John and Jane Douche.”

This has now paved the way for many famous personalities to find themselves linked to the notorious depraved financier.

While Mr. Dershowitz has always denied any wrongdoing, he knew Epstein.

Flight logs have previously revealed that he flew on Epstein's private jet – nicknamed the ‘Lolita Express' – several times between 1998 and 2005.

In 2015, she admitted that she had once given a massage at Epstein's home.

Since then, he has repeatedly defended the massage, saying there was nothing untoward about the encounter – telling The Hill TV's Rising that it was given by a middle-aged woman called Olga.

Mr. Dershowitz also represented Epstein in his first criminal trial in Florida, where he was served a widely condemned sweetheart deal.

Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in 2019.

Maxwell was convicted of child sex trafficking in 2021 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.