Attorney Alan Dershowitz asked people to "keep an open mind" about Jeffrey Epstein's partner Ghislaine Maxwell after the FBI arrested her on Thursday.
Dershowitz spoke out in defense of Maxwell in an op-ed on Friday published by The Spectator.
He also helped work out a plea deal that awarded Epstein and his co-conspirators federal immunity in 2008, which required that Epstein spend 13 months in a Palm Beach jail with work release on virtually a daily basis.
Dershowitz has been accused of sexually abusing Virginia Giuffre and Sarah Ransome, both saying he had sex with them through Epstein when they were teenagers, according to the Daily Caller.
"Everyone should keep an open mind about Maxwell as they should about others who have been accused by Epstein's alleged victims," Dershowitz wrote.
“The truth-testing mechanisms of cross-examination and confrontation must be employed against these witnesses, as they are against other accusers. Only after a full trial, in which both sides are presented should reasonable people come to conclusions about Ghislaine Maxwell.”
A grand jury charged Maxwell of "conspiracy to entice minors to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors to these illegal sex acts, transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sex acts, and perjury."
The indictment said that some of the victims were as young as 14 years old, adding that Maxwell and Epstein had this knowledge.
Dershowitz continued in his op-ed by saying that readers need to remember that Maxwell remain innocent until proven guilty. "Like every other arrested person, she must be presumed innocent," he said.
He suggested that many in the public have an unfavorable view of Maxwell because of the recent Netflix documentary, "Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich."
“No one should believe anything they saw in that series, because it was based largely on the accounts of two women with histories of making dubious accusations,” he said, referring to Giuffre and Ransome.
Giuffre's lawsuit accused Dershowitz of taking part in "sex trafficking, including as one of the men to whom Epstein lent out Plaintiff for sex."
Ransome could not be reached for comment, according to the Daily Caller.