Columbia Journalism Review –
Alan Dershowitz and the wheel of pain
By Lyz Lenz
1: A MAN ACCUSED
“Alan Dershowitz won’t hang up the phone. He’s breathing heavily into the receiver. It’s August 10, the morning Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell. At first Dershowitz wants to go off the record, and I agree. He doesn’t say anything interesting, just the same protestations that he’s made on Twitter and television for years. But when I start asking questions, he begins to berate me. “We’re on the record now,” I tell him. “You don’t get to insult me off the record.”
So he begins breathing into the phone. He will not hang up. He does not know what to say.”
” . . . Dershowitz later threatens to sue me if I use information he insists is off the record. He will have a lawyer email my editor. They will have a phone call.The lawyer will argue that I am a liar. It doesn’t work—this time. . . . “
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