A nasty legal battle between Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre and Alan Dershowitz broadened Tuesday, as attorneys for the retired Harvard Law professor said they’d call Victoria’s Secret CEO Leslie Wexner to the stand.
Giuffre alleges Dershowitz defamed her by repeatedly calling her a liar out to make money. Giuffre, who has said Epstein used her as an underage "sex slave,” claims she had sex with Dershowitz at the sex offender’s Upper East Side mansion, among other locations.
A heated hearing in Manhattan Federal Court featured Dershowitz frequently passing notes to his attorneys and loudly advising them as they addressed Judge Loretta Preska.
Dershowitz attorney Imran Ansari said that he would call Wexner to testify about the allegation that Giuffre tried to extort the billionaire businessman with murky financial ties to Epstein.
“Leslie Wexner does have a big part in the background here,” Ansari said. “The only person who knows whether Mr. Wexner was extorted is him and his people.”
The contentious case has become a proxy battle between Dershowitz, who represented Epstein, and high-powered attorney David Boies, whose firm represents Giuffre.
Dershowitz says he has a key piece of evidence: a recording of Boies admitting Giuffre’s allegations are not credible.
But Preska seemed skeptical the audio could be played for the jury because ethics rules for New York attorneys prohibit a secret recording of another person.
“Professor Dershowitz was not wearing his attorney hat when that recording was made,” Ansari argued.
Further complicating the case, Dershowitz plans to call Boies as a witness should the case go to trial.
Dershowitz, who is on trial, reiterated outside of court that Giuffre had made up her allegations against him. He said he’d deny them “until the day I die.”
“Every time (Dershowitz) goes on a show and defames my client he is responsible for that defamation,” Giuffre attorney Sigrid McCawley said.
A trial date for the case has not been set. Epstein hanged himself in August while being held at Metropolitan Correctional Center on sex trafficking charges.