On Wednesday night, BBC viewers heard from the American lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz in regards to 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 women.
What they weren’t appraised of was that Mr. Dershowitz had helped defend Mr. Epstein and has himself been accused of abuse by one in every of Mr. Epstein’s accusers — an accusation he denies.
The British broadcaster, which launched Mr. Dershowitz as a “constitutional lawyer,” mentioned later in a statement released on Twitter that the interview didn’t meet its editorial requirements: “Mr. Dershowitz was not an appropriate particular person to interview as an neutral analyst, and we didn’t make the related background clear to our viewers,” the assertion mentioned. “We are going to look into how this occurred.”
Mr. Dershowitz is a longtime criminal defense lawyer recognized 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 outstanding accusers, mentioned in a court docket submitting that Mr. Dershowitz was one of the Epstein friends to whom she was offered for sex.
Within the BBC interview, Mr. Dershowitz mentioned that Ms. Maxwell’s trial undermined the credibility of Ms. Giuffre, and her case in opposition to Prince Andrew, whom she has additionally accused of sexually abusing her when she was still a minor and he was a guest 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 considerations 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 College of London, was amongst these weighing in.
“The BBC by no means defined his connection to the case, Professor Churchwell wrote in an electronic mail.
“At no level did the BBC journalist problem Dershowitz and even point out his conflicts of curiosity though he himself had simply raised them, greater than as soon as,” she wrote.
In a Substack newsletter published on Thursday, Mr. Dershowitz defended his look on the information channel. “The media has repeatedly interviewed victims of Epstein’s abuse,” he wrote. “It’s totally applicable for the media to interview victims of Giuffre’s false accusations so long as there may be full disclosure and nobody is misled.”