‘I may have made a mistake’: Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre drops lawsuit against Alan Dershowitz

Giuffre's statement said she had 'long believed' she was trafficked by Epstein to Dershowitz, who has denied the allegations since she first made them publicly in 2015

‘I may have made a mistake’: Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre drops lawsuit against Alan Dershowitz
Prince Andrew (L) and Alan Dershowitz (R) were accused of having sex with Virginia Giuffre when she was a 17-year-old (Ian Forsyth, Rob Kim, Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Virginia Giuffre, who has long accused Jeffrey Epstein of forcing her to have sex with a professor, has agreed to withdraw her defamation lawsuit against former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, saying Tuesday, Nov 8, that she may have made a "mistake" in identifying him. Attorneys for Giuffre and Dershowitz agreed that neither side would receive costs or fees as part of the settlement, which led to the dismissal of the case in Manhattan federal court.

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Giuffre claims she was the victim of sex trafficking by Epstein after meeting the millionaire pedophile through Ghislaine Maxwell, who identified her as a potential victim at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, owned by former President Donald Trump, the New York Post reported. According to Giuffre, the wealthy financier referred her to a number of his influential friends, including Dershowitz. After he called her a "total liar" over the allegation, she filed a defamation lawsuit against the legal expert in 2019. In response, Dershowitz filed a countersuit against Giuffre.

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Virginia Giuffre, 39, said in a statement, "I now recognize I may have made a mistake in identifying Mr Dershowitz. However, I was very young at the time, it was a very stressful and traumatic environment." She added, "This litigation has been very stressful and burdensome for me and my family, and we believe it is time to bring it to an end and move on with our lives." 

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Prince Andrew was accused in a Florida lawsuit, along with Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, of having sex with an underage Virginia Giuffre who claims she was a 17-year-old 'sex slave' hired to service them and other rich and famous friends of Jeffrey Epstein, an American multi-millionaire financier and convicted sex offender.

The Tuesday filing states that both parties have consented to forego further litigation and have given up the right to appeal. David Boies, who represents Giuffre, and Dershowitz have also agreed to end their legal disputes. Dershowitz had accused Boies of trying to extort him in a previous lawsuit. "I also now believe that my allegations that David Boies engaged in an extortion plot and in suborning perjury were mistaken," Dershowitz stated. The high-profile lawyer penned in a statement, "I agree with Mr Dershowitz and Ms Giuffre that the time has come to end this litigation and move on." He added, "I know that Alan Dershowitz has suffered greatly from the allegation of sexual abuse made against him – an allegation that he has consistently, and vehemently, denied. I also know that this litigation has imposed, and continues to impose, a significant burden on Ms Giuffre."

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Maxwell was arrested on July 2, 2020, and is one of the few remaining links investigators have to Epstein (US Attorney Office)
Maxwell was arrested on July 2, 2020, and is one of the few remaining links investigators have to Epstein (US Attorney Office)

MEAWW reported earlier that In 2019, Epstein died in a lower Manhattan jail cell in an apparent suicide while he was in federal custody  The 66-year-old was facing up to 45 years in prison on charges of sex-trafficking several teenage girls. After a lengthy trial that began on November 29, 2021, Maxwell was convicted on Wednesday, December 29, of recruiting and grooming underage girls for Epstein for several years. As we reported that before her sentence was delivered, the British socialite acknowledged that her friendship with Epstein will “forever and permanently” stain her. “I believe that Jeffrey Epstein was a manipulative, cunning, and controlling man who lived a profoundly compartmentalized life and fooled all of those in his orbit,” she said. “It is the greatest regret of my life that I ever met Jeffrey Epstein." She added that Epstein “should have been here before all of you."

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