Alan Dershowitz has called sexual assault allegations against him “a complete and total lie.”
The Harvard professor and Jewish scholar was named in allegations at the center of a scandal involving Britain’s Prince Andrew, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and French model scout Jean Luc Brunel.
The accuser, identified as Jane Doe #3 in federal court, said she was kept as a sex slave by billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein and was forced into sexual relations with Dershowitz while being held captive.
“I was never anywhere near her, with her, under any circumstances,” Dershowitz said in a voicemail left with Laura Goldman, a Huffington Post writer.
“It’s just a completely categorical lie made up to gain money for her, and I hope no one takes it in any way seriously,” he added.
“I’m planning to file disbarment charges against the two lawyers who signed this petition without even checking the manifests of airplanes or travel itineraries, et cetera,” he added to Politico. “I’m also challenging the young woman and the lawyers to level those charges against me outside of the courtroom, so that I can sue them for defamation. … Finally, I’m challenging the woman to file criminal charges against me because the filing of false criminal charges is a crime.”
The case is being presented by lawyers Bradley Edwards and Paul Cassell, who responded to HuffPost: “We have been informed of Mr. Dershowitz’s threats based on the factual allegations we have made in our recent filing. We carefully investigate all of the allegations in our pleadings before presenting them. We have also tried to depose Mr. Dershowitz on these subjects, although he has avoided those deposition requests. Nevertheless, we would be pleased to consider any sworn testimony and documentary evidence Mr. Dershowitz would like to provide which he contends would refute any of our allegations.”
Dershowitz is a leading American legal mind and a near-constant voice defending Israel in the media.