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Former Harvard Law school professor and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz is firing back at claims that he had sex with an underage woman, part of a civil lawsuit centered around financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
A woman identified simply as “Jane Doe Number 3” alleges that Epstein forced her to have sex with Dershowitz and Britain’s Prince Andrew while she was underage.
In a video interview with Matt Lauer on Monday’s Today, Dershowitz strongly denied the allegations, deeming them “totally false and made up” and calling for the attorneys who filed the motion, Bradley J. Edwards and former federal judge Paul G. Cassell, to be disbarred.
Dershowitz refuted the woman’s allegations, repeatedly insisting that he wasn’t with her when she claims the two of them had sex, adding that he only visited Epstein’s island and his ranch, the site of two alleged sexual encounters, once, with his wife and children.
“I’ve never seen her. I’ve never met her. I don’t know who she is,” Dershowitz said.
As for the lawyers, Dershowitz objected to their filing the motion without doing any investigation that would show the woman’s claims to be false, he argued.
“These lawyers engaged in unethical behavior and should be disbarred,” he said. “It’s the legal equivalent of scribbling something on a toilet stall and then running away. They didn’t think there would be any response, and they will rue the day that they filed this unethical complaint, because they, I believe, will be disbarred.”
He went on to say that he challenged the woman to repeat her allegations to the press so he can sue for defamation and to file criminal charges against him.
“They will not get away with this,” Dershowitz said in closing. “The truth will come out, and it will show these two unethical lawyers should be disbarred. I am completely, absolutely innocent of any and all charges.”
Buckingham Palace has also denied the allegations against Prince Andrew.
Watch Dershowitz’s full interview below.
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