Via – NBC News
Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre can move forward with her defamation lawsuit against lawyer Alan Dershowitz, but she’s going to need a new attorney, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School and a former lawyer for Epstein, has been embroiled for years in the child sexual abuse scandal surrounding the wealthy financier who died by suicide in August.
Giuffre, one of Epstein’s earliest and most prominent accusers, filed the defamation suit against Dershowitz in April.
The suit alleges that she was a victim of sex trafficking and abuse by Epstein from 2000 to 2002, beginning when she was 16 years old. Guiffre claims Dershowitz “was also a participant in sex trafficking, including as one of the men to whom Epstein lent out Plaintiff for sex,” and that Dershowitz falsely claimed she had fabricated the accusations.
Dershowitz has adamantly denied the allegations and filed motions to dismiss the case and to disqualify Giuffre’s lawyers from representing her. He claims that she conspired with her lawyers at the firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP to extort him.
But Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Wednesday that the case would continue, stating that “Giuffre has pled sufficient facts” to defeat Dershowitz’s motion to dismiss. Preska ruled in Dershowitz’s favor on a second motion he filed — that Giuffre could no longer be represented by lawyers from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP due to the likelihood that lawyers from the firm will be called as witnesses in the case.
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