Broadcaster says it will investigate ‘how this happened’
The BBC has admitted that its decision to interview Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz – as the first person it went to for analysis – about the conviction of Epstein’s partner Ghislaine Maxwell on five out of six charges relating to sex-trafficking of minors was inappropriate.
In a tweeted statement today, the corporation says Dershowitz was ‘not a suitable person’ and that by presenting him as an ‘impartial analyst’ it misled viewers:
Dershowitz has faced allegations of involvement in Epstein’s crimes and used the interview to claim Maxwell’s conviction discredited Virginia Giuffre and her allegations against Prince Andrew. Giuffre has also made allegations against Dershowitz, which he denies.
The BBC described him simply as a ‘constitutional lawyer’ and did not mention his connection to the case nor the fact that he was Epstein’s lawyer over a long period:
The broadcaster says it will ‘look into how this happened’.
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