High profile attorney and Harvard University Professor, Alan Dershowitz filed an $80 million lawsuit against Netflix and the producers of the documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Wednesday May 26 after asserting that “false accusations of sexual misconduct” were made against him.
The four-hour Netflix docuseries follows the story of convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Esptein, and analyzes the tactics Epstein and his acquantances used to prolongue his eventual arrest.
Survivors of Epstein’s abuse are prominent voices throughout the documentary who open up about their traumatic experiences involving other members of Epstein’s inner circle. One victim, Virginia Giuffre, claimed that Epstein directed her to have sex with Dershowitz.
Dershowitz alleges that the claims Giuffre makes against him in the documentary are “false accusations of sexual misconduct,” and the former Trump lawyer is seeking $80 million in damages. Despite Giuffre’s testimonial in the documentary, Dershowitz has denied having sex with Giuffre or any other survivors involved in Epstein’s abuse, claiming that he never met Giuffre.
The lawsuit makes the claim that the documentary failed to disclose major information, including evidence that would counter Giuffre’s claims, and that the producers failed to include this information which they “agreed to present.”
Dershowitz’ lawsuit alleges that “the Netflix Epstein series, as a whole, effectively presented as a purported fact that Professor Dershowitz engaged in criminal sexual misconduct including sexual activity with a minor.”
Further, the lawsuit asserts that “The aforesaid defamatory factual implication is false. Professor Dershowitz did not have sex with Giuffe ever, let alone when she was a minor.” Dershowitz is seeking at least $20 million for damages for four separate causes of action, including defamation and breach of contract.
Dershowitz, who was interviewed for the 2020 docuseries, claims that the producers “maliciously and intentionally” misled the attorney to portray him in “a defamatory manner.”
A Netflix spokesperson responded to the claims, arguing that the lawsuit is “without merit” and that the producers “will vigorously defend our partners and the series.”