The high-profile lawyer who defended Jeffrey Epstein in his 2008 sex abuse case in Florida and helped negotiate what many have criticized as a lenient plea deal says he had no idea about the extent of the allegations against Epstein when he defended him more than a decade ago but insists he would do it all over again.
“I would try to get a better deal. The job of a criminal defense attorney is to try to get the best possible deal,” he said.
In his first TV interview since Epstein was indicted Monday on child sex trafficking charges, Alan Dershowitz denies the deal was a bargain, instead arguing prosecutors lacked the evidence to indict the billionaire financier for federal sex trafficking charges back in 2008. Epstein served just 13 months in jail and had to register as a sex offender after being accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.
“Did you ever see Mr. Epstein with underage girls?” CBS News’ Mola Lenghi asked Dershowitz at his New York City apartment.