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[Markets] New Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Steps Forward In Defamation Case Against Alan Dershowitz

Another woman has come forward to accuse 'billionaire pedophile' Jeffrey Epstein and his companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, of molesting her and her then-15-year-old sister in 1996 at the Ohio mansion of billionaire "Limited Brands" CEO Les Wexner, according to court documents cited by the Miami Herald

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The woman, Maria Farmer, says she was employed by Epstein in his Upper East Side New York mansion, where she frequently saw "school-age girls" wearing uniforms enter the residence and go upstairs. According to her affidavit, she was told the girls were auditioning for modeling work.

And who else did Farmer see going upstairs according to her affidavit? Epstein pal and attorney Alan Dershowitz, who has been accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Roberts Giuffre - an Epstein victim who is suing Dershowitz for defamation after she came forward with her claims. 

Dershowitz claims he was never in Epstein's mansion at the same time as underage girls, but Farmer said that's not true, according to her affidavit in support of Giuffre's case. 

Dershowitz has said that he has never seen any underage girls when he visited Epstein at the financier’s various homes in Palm Beach, New Mexico and New York. But Farmer, who now lives in Kentucky, claims that one of her duties working for Epstein was to staff the front door to his New York estate and to keep track of visitors.

On a number of occasions I witnessed Dershowitz at the NY mansion going upstairs at the same time there were young girls under the age of 18 who were present upstairs in the house,’’ she said, asserting that Dershowitz was so comfortable he would walk into the mansion and go directly upstairs.

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Giuffre claims in the lawsuit that Dershowitz, 80, knew about and participated in Epstein and Maxwell’s sex trafficking operation, and that she was forced to have sex with Dershowitz and other prominent, wealthy men, when she was underage.

Dershowitz has railed against the allegations for years, maintaining that he has never met Giuffre. He also says he has documents and other evidence that prove she is lying. -Miami Herald

Of note, Farmer does not say she ever saw Dershowitz with any young girls - however at least one witness, former house manager Alfredo Rodriguez, says he saw young girls in Dershowitz's presence at Epstein's Palm Beach mansion. Rodriguez was prosecuted by the FBI after he tried to sell Epstein's "black book" of friends, business associates, celebrity guests and female masseuses for $50,000. Rodriguez was fired by Epstein in 2005 and died in prison after his prosecution. 

Another Epstein accuser, Sarah Ransome, claims that she was "lent out" by Epstein when she was 22-years-old and living in New York, and had a threesome with Dershowitz and Nadia Marcinkova who also worked for Epstein. 

"I recall specific, key details of his person and the sex acts and can describe them in the event it becomes necessary to do so," Ransome said in her affidavit. 

Dershowitz says both Giuffre and Ransome are liars - claiming that he has the ability to "disprove" them. As The Herald notes, however, it's not clear whom Dershowitz has provided evidence to except former FBI director Louis J. Freeh, who released a 2016 statement saying he had independently reviewed Dershowitz's information and concluded that it contradicted Giuffre's. Giuffre, meanwhile, says she was never interviewed by Freeh's investigators

Dershowitz allowed the Herald review some of the documents that he says he has, but he has not released them for the Herald to substantiate the information that he gathered, including his personal calendars, that he claims prove he could not have been in the locations that Giuffre was during the time period she was with Epstein, from 1999 to 2002.

In recent months, Dershowitz has alleged that Giuffre’s accusations against him are part of an extortion plot to blackmail an Ohio billionaire, identified in the lawsuit as Les Wexner, the CEO of the Limited Brands, which includes Victoria’s Secret, who was Epstein’s top financial client.

Dershowitz alleges that Giuffre and one of her lawyers, prominent New York attorney David Boies, falsely accused him in order to get Wexner to pay hush money so that Wexner would not be similarly exposed by Giuffre. -Miami Herald

Giuffre has hit back against Dershowitz's assertion that she's trying to extort money out of Wexner - whose Ohio mansion Farmer says she worked at in the summer of 1996, where she claims Epstein and Maxwell sexually assaulted her in a bedroom. She claims to have tried to flee the property, only to be stopped by Wexner's security staff. 

Giuffre’s sexual allegations against Dershowitz became public in 2014 as part of a court filing by Edwards and Cassell. Dershowitz publicly called for the disbarment of the two lawyers, leading them to file a defamation suit against Dershowitz which was subsequently settled, with Dershowitz paying the two lawyers a substantial amount of money, the suit says. Dershowitz falsely claimed that he was exonerated, when in fact, the settlement was reached in Edwards’ and Cassells’ favor, according to the new lawsuit. -Miami Herald

Dershowitz attempted to get Giuffre to admit in a statement that she had been mistaken about being forced to have sex with him. 

"We should be aiming at a short simple statement such as: ‘the events at issue occurred approximately 15 years ago when I was a teenager. Although I believed then and continued to believe that [Dershowitz] was the person with whom I had sex, recent developments raise the possibility that this may be a case of mistaken identification," Dershowitz suggested in an email. 

Dershowitz also played a recorded conversation for The Herald, which said they were difficult to decipher. A transcript provided by Dershowitz, however, appears to show Giuffre's lawyer David Boies conceding that Giuffre was mistaken in identifying Dershowitz. 

Boies says he was not taped with permission, and that Dershowitz took his comments out of context. 

"He conflated the conversations, and they are not in the order that they happened," said Boies - who says he was assuring Dershowitz that if they had hypothetically found evidence that Giuffre's recollections were mistaken, they would agree to issue a statement. 

Ultimately, Giuffre passed a lie detector test.

"Dershowitz...played and described excerpts from those tapes out of context to reporters to try to make it appear that Ms. Roberts’ lawyer’s hypothetical comments, and characterizations of Dershowitz’s assertions represented that lawyer’s conclusions," according to the lawsuit. 

Read the rest of the Miami Herald report here and the complaint below.

Published:4/17/2019 8:00:41 AM
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