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Alan Dershowitz denies woman’s claim of underage sex

Alan Dershowitz during an interview at his home in Miami Beach January 5.
Alan Dershowitz during an interview at his home in Miami Beach January 5. (REUTERS)

Longtime Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says he can “prove conclusively” that a woman’s claim that he had sexual contact with her when she was underage is fiction. In a sworn denial filed in Florida federal court, Dershowitz (inset) said the allegation is a “deliberate lie.” The woman, identified in court documents as Jane Doe #3, claims that Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and onetime Dershowitz client, forced her to have sex with Dershowitz and others, notably Britain’s Prince Andrew. (Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to Florida state sex charges but avoided more serious federal charges in a deal negotiated partly by Dershowitz.) Dershowitz says he did, in fact, fly on Epstein’s private plane, but the woman was not present. He also acknowledges he once visited Epstein’s island in the Virgin Islands, but was there with his wife and daughter. In a brief phone interview Tuesday, the 76-year-old Dershowitz told us the woman’s claims are outrageous and her attorneys, including former federal judge Paul Cassell, should be disbarred. “[Cassell] is a money-grubbing, unethical sleazebag, a former federal judge who left the bench for money,” said Dershowitz. “The end result of this will be bankruptcy, disbarment, and eternal disgrace.”