The woman who accused Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz of having sexual relations with her while she was a minor has filed a declaration in federal court in the Southern District of Florida this week. In her declaration, she affirms her earlier allegations and fills in a few more details about her alleged encounters with Dershowitz. The woman is believed to be Virginia Roberts, based on her self-disclosure to media sources.
Dershowitz has vigorously defended himself against the allegations since they appeared in a December 30 motion to join additional plaintiffs to an ongoing Crime Victims' Rights Act suit against the United States. Virginia Roberts, identified in the motion as Jane Doe #3, is one of the women asking to join the suit. The plaintiffs in the CVRA suit claim that federal prosecutors violated the plaintiffs' rights by secretly negotiating a sweetheart plea deal with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. On January 5, Dershowitz filed a declaration with the court, disputing the charges of sexual wrongdoing.