BBC is sorry for giving Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz airtime

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The broadcaster is investigating how the high-profile US lawyer was given airtime on BBC News on Wednesday. Mr Dershowitz, 83, has been accused of sexual crimes by one of the victims in the Maxwell case, Virginia Giuffre, which he vehemently denies. He has not been charged with any crime.

In a statement the BBC said: “The interview with Alan Dershowitz after the Ghislaine Maxwell verdict did not meet the BBC’s editorial standards, as Mr Dershowitz was not a suitable person to interview as an impartial analyst, and we did not make the relevant background clear to our audience.”

Referring to Ms Giuffre, he had told BBC News: “The [US] government did not use as a witness the woman who accused Prince Andrew, who accused me, who accused many others, because the government didn’t believe her.”

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