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Court document suggests false accusation against Dershowitz to sell books

“Don’t forget Alan Dershowitz,” the journalist Sharon Churcher wrote to Virginia Giuffre, a victim of Jeffrey Epstein. “Good name for your pitch.”

Alan Dershowitz in New York City, July 2015. Credit: A Katz/Shutterstock.
Alan Dershowitz in New York City, July 2015. Credit: A Katz/Shutterstock.

Newly released documents from Virginia Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell—a collaborator of the accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in prison—reveal that Alan Dershowitz was suggested as a name for Giuffre to drop to land a book deal.

Giuffre wrote in May 2011 to the U.K. journalist Sharon Churcher that she found a ghostwriter for her story, adding, “I wanted to put the names of these a**holes, oops I meant to say, pedo’s, that J.E. sent me to,” TMZ reported. (She apparently referred in the final clauses to pedophiles and to Jeffrey Epstein.)

“Don’t forget Alan Dershowitz … JE’s buddy and lawyer—good name for your pitch as he repped Claus von Bülow and a movie was made about that case,” Churcher wrote to Giuffre.

“We all suspect Alan is a pedo and tho no proof on that, you probably met him when he was hanging out with JE,” Churcher added. (Dershowitz shared the TMZ article on X.)

The 1990 film “Reversal of Fortune” relied on Dershowitz’s 1985 book, Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case. The Harvard Law professor emeritus successfully defended Bülow in an appeal after the wealthy socialite had been convicted in 1982 of murdering his wife, Sunny von Bülow.

Dershowitz has denied any charges against him and has urged the release of all the evidence.

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