The BBC apologized Thursday for a Wednesday segment that featured Jeffrey Epstein’s former lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, discussing the guilty verdicts against Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell. In addition to previously representing Epstein, who died in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, Dershowitz has been accused of sexual abuse by one of Epstein’s accusers, too.
“Last night’s interview with Alan Dershowitz after the Ghislaine Maxwell verdict did not meet the BBC’s editorial standards, as Mr. Dershowitz was not a suitable person to interview as an impartial analyst, and we did not make the relevant background clear to our audience. We will look into how this happened,” said a statement tweeted out by the company’s press team.
Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre (née Roberts) has said Dershowitz, who represented Epstein when he faced similar charges a decade ago, had sex with her when she was underage. Dershowitz has denied wrongdoing, even appearing on Fox News to defend his “perfect, perfect sex life” in 2019.