BBC admits Epstein lawyer interview after Maxwell case ‘shouldn’t have happened’

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The BBC has admitted its interview with Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyer following the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell was “not suitable”.

Alan Dershowitz was interviewed by the broadcaster despite being accused of sexual abuse alongside Maxwell, Epstein and Prince Andrew by Virginia Giuffre.

He was introduced on the BBC News Channel as a “constitutional lawyer” with no reference made to his involvement in the case.

And Dershowitz, who helped get Epstein a cushy “non-prosecution agreement” in 2008, tried to discredit Ms Giuffre with no challenge from the presenter.

The Beeb admitted it “did not meet editorial standards” and is investigating.

Labour MP Nadia Whittome tweeted: “Alan Dershowitz, who was accused of the same crimes as Prince Andrew, is on the BBC trying to silence victims following Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction.

“I can’t believe this needs to be said but the BBC should not give a platform to people accused of child sexual abuse.

“We have a responsibility to believe people when they disclose sexual abuse and to create conditions in which they can in the first place.

“All details of Epstein’s network should be published and all victims/survivors are owed justice. This is clearly the tip of the iceberg.”

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In a statement, the broadcasting giant said: “Last night’s interview with Alan Dershowitz after the Ghislaine Maxwell verdict did not meet the 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.

“We will look into how this happened.”

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It comes after Piers Morgan tweeted to his 7.9 million followers after the Maxwell verdict: "Will vile sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell now sing like a canary to avoid spending the rest of her life in prison?

"If she does, there could be a lot of rich, powerful & famous people sweating tonight… and not sweating."

Dershowitz and the Duke of York deny any wrongdoing and have not been charged with any crime.

  • BBC
  • Prince Andrew
  • Jeffrey Epstein
  • Ghislaine Maxwell

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