Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, accused in a lawsuit of having sex with a 16-year-old girl nearly 20 years ago, asked a federal judge on Tuesday to throw out her court filing — one that he had publicly asked for and “welcomed’’ as a means to vindicate himself and prove that the woman has been lying, The Miami Herald reports. For years, Dershowitz has battled accusations that he had sex with an underage girl and, separately, with another young woman as part of an alleged sex trafficking operation run by one of his clients, wealthy New York financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, now 35, claimed in court documents that between 2000 and 2002, she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with a number of powerful men, including Dershowitz, who was Epstein’s friend and lawyer. Dershowitz has aggressively attacked Giuffre and her prominent New York lawyer, David Boies, 78. Earlier this year, Dershowitz gave a series of media interviews, sometimes taunting Giuffre and Boies with his accusations, and daring them to sue him for defamation, saying he would relish the chance to face them in court. Giuffre accepted the challenge and filed a defamation complaint in April in federal court in the Southern District of New York. Now Dershowitz appears to have reconsidered — or, some experts say, is simply exercising a brilliant legal maneuver that places him once again in front of TV cameras — where he can continue to mount his legal battle in the court of public opinion.