After Judge Orders Sex Allegations Struck From Record, Dershowitz Says Will Continue Life Work on Behalf of Jewish Values, Israel
In an interview shortly after a Florida judge ordered sex allegations against him struck from judicial record, famed former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told The Algemeiner that he would now be able to fully devote himself to his life work advocating for Jewish values and Israel.
“It has been a distraction,” Dershowitz admitted, but vowed that he would now “continue my life’s work in defense of civil liberties, Jewish values and Israel, and I will continue to fight hard for what I believe in.”
US district court Judge Kenneth Marra ordered Virginia Roberts’s accusations against Dershowitz and Britain’s Prince Andrew to be struck from the record as he denied her attempt to join a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of the prince and a convicted sex offender, the UK’s Guardian reported.
Dershowitz, Epstein’s lawyer, and Prince Andrew, were accused of having sex with underage girls at one of Epstein’s extravagant residences, allegations that Dershowitz strongly denied.
“At this juncture in the proceedings, these lurid details are unnecessary,” Marra wrote in his order, issued on Tuesday morning. “These unnecessary details shall be stricken.”
Dershowitz said he saw the move as “a complete vindication of my position” and added that steps are now being taken against the accuser and her legal team.
Roberts “is trying to avoid being served” Dershowitz said, but “we served her and she will have to be deposed… if she repeats what she says under oath, she will go to prison.” He also said that the lawyers representing Roberts were sanctioned “for filing these false allegations” and that they may face legal proceedings as well.
Despite the outcome, Dershowitz lamented the damage that the lawsuit against him has inflicted. “The tragedy is that some people still seem to believe this false charge. If anybody still believes it then I have been harmed.”
The timing of the announcement was not lost on Dershowitz either, as Jews around the world are celebrating the eight day festival of Passover, the Festival of Freedom.
“A number of rabbis have already written to say it was Hashem (God) who ensured that the judgement was handed down on Pesach (Passover),” the scholar said.