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BBC to Look Into Alan Dershowitz Appearance on Ghislaine Maxwell Segment

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On Wednesday night, BBC viewers heard from the American lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz concerning the responsible verdict within the case of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted that day of serving to the billionaire Jeffrey Epstein recruit, groom and sexually abuse underage ladies.

What they weren’t appraised of was that Mr. Dershowitz had helped defend Mr. Epstein and has himself been accused of abuse by certainly one of Mr. Epstein’s accusers — an accusation he denies.

The British broadcaster, which launched Mr. Dershowitz as a “constitutional lawyer,” stated later in a statement released on Twitter that the interview didn’t meet its editorial requirements: “Mr. Dershowitz was not a suitable person to interview as an impartial analyst, and we did not make the relevant background clear to our audience,” the assertion stated. “We will look into how this happened.”

Mr. Dershowitz is a longtime prison protection lawyer identified for representing high-profile shoppers together with former President Donald J. Trump and O.J. Simpson. His connection to Mr. Epstein grew to become mired with private accusations, when in 2014, Virginia Giuffre, who’s amongst Mr. Epstein’s most distinguished accusers, stated in a courtroom submitting that Mr. Dershowitz was one of many Epstein mates to whom she was supplied for intercourse.

In the BBC interview, Mr. Dershowitz stated that Ms. Maxwell’s trial undermined the credibility of Ms. Giuffre, and her case towards Prince Andrew, whom she has additionally accused of sexually abusing her when she was nonetheless a minor and he was a visitor of Mr. Epstein. Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, denies that declare.

Ms. Giuffre didn’t testify at Ms. Maxwell’s trial. And Mr. Dershowitz speculated that the prosecutors had issues about Ms. Giuffre’s credibility.

The trial of Ms. Maxwell, the previous companion to the disgraced financier Mr. Epstein and the daughter of a British media mogul, was broadly seen because the courtroom reckoning that Mr. Epstein by no means had.

The omission of Mr. Dershowitz’s connection to the case ignited criticism on-line over battle of curiosity. Sarah Churchwell, an American professor on the University of London, was amongst these weighing in.

“The BBC never explained his connection to the case, Professor Churchwell wrote in an email.

“At no point did the BBC journalist challenge Dershowitz or even mention his conflicts of interest although he himself had just raised them, more than once,” she wrote.

In a Substack publication revealed on Thursday, Mr. Dershowitz defended his look on the information channel. “The media has repeatedly interviewed victims of Epstein’s abuse,” he wrote. “It is entirely appropriate for the media to interview victims of Giuffre’s false accusations as long as there is full disclosure and no one is misled.”