BBC apologizes for ‘utterly bizarre’ decision to host Alan Dershowitz to analyze Maxwell verdict

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was compelled to offer an apology Thursday when it was discovered that famed attorney and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz is a person of interest in the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking ring.

Epstein’s de facto partner-in-crime, Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted by a jury of her peers Wednesday on five of six federal counts for her role as conspirator and facilitator in the lewd scheme that targeted minors, but as it turns out, Dershowitz faces allegations of sexual abuse from one of Epstein’s many accusers.

He appeared for a BBC interview Wednesday after the conviction and used the forum to lambast one Virginia Roberts Giuffre – who was later revealed to be Dershowitz’s accuser.

“The most important thing for British viewers is that the government was very careful who it used as witnesses,” Dershowitz told BBC 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 embarrassed 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.”

Whoops.

Evidently, Giuffre has maintained for some time the accusation that Dershowitz engaged in sexual intercourse with her as far back as when she was 16. Giuffre has also accused Prince Andrew, Duke of York and ninth in the line of succession to the British royal throne, of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit, the NY Post reported.

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

Prince Andrew has also adamantly denied her allegations.

Folks on the internet weren’t having any of it, though, and sought to blame the BBC for its apparent error in judgment.

“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.”

Maxwell harkened to the verdict in her case as follows:

Count 1 – GUILTY: Conspiracy to Entice Minors to Travel to Engage in Illegal Sex Acts

Count 2 – NOT GUILTY: Enticement of a Minor to Travel to Engage in Illegal Sex Acts

Count 3 – GUILTY: Conspiracy to Transport Minors with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity

Count 4 – GUILTY: Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity

Count 5 – GUILTY: Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

Count 6 – GUILTY: Sex Trafficking of a Minor

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