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Coffey: Dershowitz Adamantly and Specifically Denies Assault Allegations

By    |   Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:07 PM

The public must avoid making a snap judgment about Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz — implicated in a sex scandal by a woman alleging that as an underage girl, she had sex with men introduced by shamed financier Jeffrey Epstein, former Florida U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey told Newsmax TV Tuesday.

Coffey, who is defending Dershowitz against charges outlined in last week's filing in Florida federal court by the now-adult woman, identified only as Jane Doe No. 3, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" Dershowitz has adamantly — and specifically — denied the allegations.

"He has filed a sworn statement under oath, which is very specific, in rebutting the allegations," Coffey said.

"So many times we talk about the presumption of innocence in a court of law. Maybe there should be more of a presumption of innocence in the court of public opinion."

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The woman also has claimed she had sex with Britain's Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth, an accusation Buckingham Palace has vehemently denied.

"And just to put this in perspective, he hasn't been charged — never been charged," Coffey said of Dershowitz, himself a famed defense attorney.

"He hasn't been sued. It's simply an allegation in a court claim that doesn't even raise the specific claim against Alan Dershowitz or for that matter, Prince Andrew."

Dershowitz represented Epstein against criminal sex abuse charges, which ended in a plea deal six years ago under which Epstein served jail time for state charges but avoided federal prosecution.

Last week's filing was made in a long-running civil litigation brought against the U.S. government over the plea agreement by women who say they were abused by Epstein, Reuters reports.

Dershowitz told the news service the allegations against him were especially unfair because they were made in a court case where he was not a party, so he had no chance to respond directly.

“It's like Josef K in Kafka,” he told Reuters. "The difference is that Josef K lost. In the end I will prevail. They took on the wrong innocent person."

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