Suit accuses Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz of sex with a minor
A court filing in a civil case in Florida last week included new allegations against Jeffrey E. Epstein, a businessman who pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution; Alan M. Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School; and Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son.
The motion filed in US District Court in the Southern District of Florida alleges that Epstein forced an underage woman to have sexual relations with several men, including the prince and Dershowitz. Both men have denied the allegations.
The motion claimed that the woman, who was not identified in court documents, had sexual relations as a minor with Prince Andrew in London, New York, and on Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands. Epstein told the woman to give the prince “whatever he demanded” and “report back to him on the details,” the motion said.
Buckingham Palace took the unusual step of issuing a statement to rebut the accusations.
“This relates to longstanding and ongoing civil proceedings in the United States, to which The Duke of York is not a party,” a palace spokesman said in a statement, using the prince’s title. “As such we would not comment on the detail. However, for the avoidance of doubt, any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”
On Saturday, Dershowitz said he “categorically and unequivocally” denied all of the allegations. He said he would file disbarment proceedings against the lawyers who filed the motion, Bradley J. Edwards, a lawyer in Florida, and Paul G. Cassell, a former federal judge and a law professor at the University of Utah.
“They are lying deliberately, and I will not stop until they’re disbarred,” Dershowitz said in a phone interview.
Dershowitz, who served on Epstein’s legal team, said he would also file an affidavit denying the claims.
The allegations were made as part of a civil case involving Epstein, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2008. The lawyers for two alleged victims have argued that the rights of the women were violated during the negotiation of Epstein’s plea deal.
The motion requests to add two more alleged victims to the case, including the woman identified as “Jane Doe No. 3,” who said she had sexual relations with Prince Andrew and Dershowitz when she was underage.
Cassell said in a statement Saturday that the lawyers carefully investigate allegations in their pleadings before presenting them. He said the lawyers would consider any sworn testimony or documentary evidence provided by Dershowitz.
Cassell included a statement from “Jane Doe No. 3,” saying that she was an innocent victim and was now “being unjustly victimized again.” “I’m not going to be bullied back into silence,” she said.