Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
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A woman who said in court papers that she had been forced as an underage girl to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew, as well as with prominent US lawyer Alan Dershowitz and other men, cannot join an ongoing lawsuit in Florida, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.
The lawsuit, filed in 2008, seeks to undo a non-prosecution agreement between federal prosecutors and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who knew Prince Andrew and Dershowitz.
US District Judge Kenneth Marra in West Palm Beach, Florida, ruled that it was unnecessary for the woman – known in court papers as “Jane Doe No. 3” – and another known as “Jane Doe No. 4” to join the lawsuit.
Prince Andrew and Dershowitz have denied the allegations, which have been a tabloid sensation in the United States and the United Kingdom for three months. A lawyer for Epstein has called the allegations old and discredited.
Epstein, a financier from New York, pleaded guilty in a Florida state court in 2008 to procuring an underage girl for prostitution.
He served a year in jail, and the US Justice Department agreed not to bring federal charges.
Marra wrote that he would decide later on the merits of the case, in which two other women, known as “Jane Doe Nos.1 and 2,” say federal prosecutors violated their rights as crime victims when signing the deal with Epstein. The judge wrote that he could still consider relevant evidence from Jane Doe Nos. 3 and 4, but that their participation in the case “as listed parties is not necessary in that regard.”
Dershowitz told the New York Daily News that he was pleased to hear the judge throw out the "sex slave" allegations
, and said he would be vindicated.
He added that he still planned on going after his accuser and her lawyers for defamation.
“She was hiding in Colorado... but we found her and she will have to be deposed,” he said. “The end result is that she’ll go to jail, because she will repeat her lies and we’ll be able to prove it and she will end up in prison for perjury.”
As for his own reputation, he said, “I’m confident that at the end I’ll be vindicated and everybody will understand this is a completely made-up story.”