Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz is speaking out this week to question why prosecutors in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial withheld their “main witness” Virginia Roberts Giuffre as jury deliberations continue in her case.
Maxwell has been hit with six charges related to her grooming young girls for sex with the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and sometimes participating in the abuse herself. While Giuffre has been seen as the face of Epstein’s accusers for years, she was noticeably not called to the stand to testify in this case, and Dershowitz feels that this may be because she lacked credibility.
“I’m not neutral on this, because the woman who brought this case to the attention of the government, the woman who blew the whistle — the main witness — also accused me of having sex with her, and I proved conclusively — through her own diaries, through her own lawyer, through our own emails — that it would be impossible for me to have ever met her,” he told Breitbart News.
“David Boies, [Giuffre’s] own lawyer, says on tape it would be impossible for me to meet her, and she’s wrong, simply wrong,” Dershowitz continued. “Her other lawyer said she never had sex with prominent people, and so the government quite deliberately didn’t use Virginia Giuffre, this lying witness. They didn’t use her. So there’s an empty chair at the trial, the key witness, the one who brought attention to this case, the one who said she was trafficked to all these rich people … the government decided not to use her because they didn’t believe her.”
Dershowitz added that prosecutors “didn’t think [Giuffre] was credible.” He also believes that prosecutors are only going after Maxwell because she was so close to Epstein, not because they have strong evidence against her. Epstein allegedly committed suicide in prison in August of 2019 while awaiting trial on his own sex crime charges.
“There are a lot of holes in the case,” he said of the case against the 59 year-old former British socialite. “If her name was Jane Smith and if her boyfriend were John Smith — not Jeffrey Epstein — there would have been an acquittal. There wouldn’t have been a prosecution, but because this is really a surrogate trial for Epstein, it’s going to be very hard for her to get an acquittal, because if she gets an acquittal, I think people will say, ‘Oh my god, that means that Epstein got acquitted.’”
“I think that it’s going to be very hard for her to get fair trial,” he concluded. “The fact that she was not let out on bail and she was kept in terrible conditions for all this period of time is also suggestive about the unfairness. So again, I can’t make a prediction, but there should not be a conviction in that case.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how Maxwell’s case plays out.