Alan Dershowitz–famed defense attorney and former professor at Harvard Law School–has been accused of being one of the individuals who were provided with an underage “sex slave” by Jeffrey Epstein, Dershowitz’s friend and client. Dershowitz has not been charged with a crime and is not a party to the lawsuit in which the accusing affidavit was filed. Though neither Dershowitz’s liberty nor his property are at stake, he has responded with public and aggressive victim-blaming.
In 2008, Epstein pled guilty to soliciting sex from a minor; he served only 13 months in prison, an amount of time shorter than that during which he enslaved his victims. Filed in a civil suit against federal prosecutors for violating victim’s rights law in Epstein’s case, the plaintiff who accused Dershowitz (identified as Jane Doe #3 in court documents) gave testimony that she was trafficked from age 15. She describes being forced to have sex with her captor’s politically powerful friends, including Dershowitz, for years.