Law professor Dershowitz sued in Prince Andrew sex abuse case
Lawyers representing a woman who has alleged Prince Andrew and Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz had sex with her when she was a minor have sued Dershowitz for defamation.
The lawyers have accused law professor Dershowitz of mounting a media assault on their reputation and character.
The lawsuit, filed in Florida state court in Broward County, seeks unspecified monetary damages from Dershowitz.
The development came a day after Dershowitz began legal proceedings to clear his name.
In a court document filed Monday, Dershowitz claimed University of Utah law professor Paul Cassell and Florida attorney Bradley Edwards created a media firestorm by making “categorically false” and” contemptible” allegations that he had engaged in sexual contact with a minor .
On Tuesday, Cassell and Edwards fired back with a defamation suit against Dershowitz, alleging he had initiated a “massive public media assault” on their reputations and characters by falsely accusing them of unethical behavior that warrants disbarment.
Both Buckingham Palace and Dershowitz have repeatedly denied the claims.
The former Harvard law professor has asked for his name to be removed from court documents which accuse him and Prince Andrew of having sexual relations with Virginia Roberts, known in court as Jane Doe #3, who was under the age of consent in the US at the time of the alleged incidents.
In media interviews, Dershowitz accused Ms Roberts’ lawyers, Paul Cassell and Bradley Edwards, of “unethical” behaviour warranting disbarment.
The pair claimed their reputations had been damaged by such comments and that they were seeking damages.
In response, Dershowitz said he was “thrilled” to be sued as it would give him an opportunity to disprove the two.
A few days back, Buckingham Palace issued second statement denying the allegations that Prince Andrew had any sexual relations with the minor.
The Oslo Times