BBC apologizes for Dershowitz interview after Maxwell verdict

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BBC apologizes for Dershowitz interview after Maxwell verdict

The BBC was forced to apologize Thursday for bringing on attorney Alan Dershowitz to discuss Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction — even though he faces allegations of sex abuse by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser.

Dershowitz, who previously represented Epstein in his controversial wrist-slap 2008 plea deal, used his airtime Wednesday night to blast his accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, as not credible.

“The most important thing for British viewers is that the government was very careful who it used as witnesses,” he told viewers. “It did not use as a witness the woman who accused Prince Andrew, who accused me, who accused many other people, because the government didn’t believe she was telling the truth.”

The red-faced network issued a statement Thursday morning, saying its interview with Dershowitz, 83, “did not meet BBC’s editorial standards.”

“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,” the statement said. “We will look into how this happened.”

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell
Maxwell was convicted of recruiting and grooming underage girls for years for Epstein.
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Giuffre has long accused Dershowitz of having sex with her when she was as young as 16. Giuffre has also accused Prince Andrew of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit.

Dershowitz has denied the allegations and sued Giuffre for defamation, claiming she’s a “serial liar” who used his name because he was famous.

Andrew has also vehemently denied her claims.

Viewers were quick to call out the network for the decision to have him on the show.

The BBC released the above statement on the Dershowitz interview.
The BBC released the above statement on the Dershowitz interview.
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“Sorry, what?! @BBCNews now have Alan Dershowitz on to analyse [sic] #GhislaineMaxwell’s conviction, without any reference to his background,” one Twitter user wrote. “He’s simply introduced as ‘constitutional lawyer’ as if he’s a neutral expert. Shocked. Utterly bizarre decision & does the audience a disservice.”

Another added, “There needs to be a big apology from the BBC about this. Terrible, terrible decision.”

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