Jeffrey Epstein’s former attorney and friend Alan Dershowitz defended the late billionaire sex offender’s associates, whose names will soon be released as part of a court ruling, saying: “None of us knew about his private life that he kept so secret.”
The one-time Harvard Law School professor said in an interview with NewsNation’s Leland Vitters Tuesday that no one should be automatically convicted in the court of public opinion simply for showing up on the Epstein list.
“You could judge them for having shown bad judgment, but you can’t conclude that any accusations against them are true without hearing the evidence,” the legal scholar argued.
More than 150 people with ties to the disgraced financier, previously known only as “John Does” and “Jane Does,” are expected to be unmasked for the first time in court records that a federal judge had ordered to unseal last month.
“There are some people who may be ashamed of the fact that they hung out with Epstein, but remember, a lot of people hung out with Epstein before he was convicted,” Dershowitz said.
The 85-year-old lawyer suggested that the judge who ordered the release of the names was “selective” in what she agreed to make public, which he maintained was “unfair.”
“I want everything out, every document, every piece of paper, half-truths or lies,” Dershowtiz told Vitters. “And I wanted them out for personal reasons because I know that they would prove what I’ve said from day one that I did nothing wrong.”
Dershowitz stressed that Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of Epstein’s sex trafficking ring who previously accused the lawyer of sexually abusing her two decades ago, in November agreed to drop a defamation lawsuit against him, after conceding that she “may have made a mistake” when she named him as one of the men with whom she was forced to have sex.
“And the woman who accused me later admitted that she may have misidentified me, confused me with someone else, so I wanted everything out right from the beginning because I have nothing to hide,” Dershowitz said.
But the former professor said he understands why some people would not want their names tied to Epstein, who died by suicide in 2019 in a federal jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
“Any association with Jeffrey Epstein is very, very negative,” Dershowitz noted. “Anybody who knew Epstein, whether you knew him before or after, people say, ‘Oh my God, you knew Epstein, you must have done something wrong.’ That doesn’t necessarily follow.”
Dershowtiz appeared several times on the flight logs of Epstein’s infamous “Lolita Express” jet, along with former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, Prince Andrew and former US Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine).
The logs were released in 2021 during the high-profile trial of Epstein’s girlfriend and accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.