Alan Dershowtiz, the Harvard law professor and famed criminal-defense lawyer, accused The New Yorker and editor David Remnick of trying to silence him for making supportive remarks about President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel.
In a column posted to conservative news website Newsmax, Dershowitz said Remnick commissioned a hit piece that cites false accusations of sexual misconduct to damage his reputation. Dershowitz also said the unpublished story claims he abused his first wife and stripped her of custody of his two sons.
“Remnick despises Trump and Netanyahu, and is well known for his strong anti-Israel bias. Remnick explicitly told people that I must be silenced,” Dershowitz said in his column. “He will use the credibility of The New Yorker to accomplish this goal.”
A New Yorker spokesperson said the magazine doesn’t comment on pieces it hasn’t published.
Dershowitz also took aim at Connie Bruck, a staff writer at The New Yorker, saying she didn’t give him an opportunity to respond to allegations about sexual misconduct and abusive behavior.
“She ignored or minimized the evidence of my innocence,” Dershowitz said. “She relied on interviews with the lawyers of my false accusers and my political enemies.”
In a phone interview, Dershowitz said he first heard about The New Yorker profile from a source whom Bruck had interviewed. He gleaned more details about the story’s contents after a fact-checker at the magazine contacted him.
“I’m the easiest guy to reach — every criminal in the world knows how to get in touch with me,” Dershowitz said. The professor’s email and office phone number are published on his profile page at Harvard Law School.
He said he threatened to sue the magazine for defamation — and will challenge a legal precedent that gives journalists certain privileges to cite court documents.
Dershowitz is no stranger to the news media. As a lawyer, he successfully defended rich and famous clients, such as O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bulow against criminal charges.
He also sparked controversy as a political liberal and 2016 supporter of Hillary Clinton who argued for President Trump’s civil liberties during the Russia collusion probe.
The July 6 arrest of former client Jeffrey Epstein, a multimillionaire financier, for alleged sexual abuse of underage girls has put the spotlight back on Dershowitz.
Two of Epstein’s accusers claimed Dershowitz participated in Epstein’s alleged sex ring. Dershowitz has vigorously denied the accusations, saying sealed court documents will prove his innocence, The Daily Beast reported.
At least The New Yorker tried checking facts, something that too often gets short shrift now in journalism, with unpleasant consequences. They can set the story straight.
Oh Lordy, let's see the tapes, hear the tapes.