BBC admits interview with Epstein's ex-lawyer Alan Dershowitz 'not suitable'

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The BBC has confirmed it is investigating how an interview with Alan Dershowitz ended up taking place on BBC News after Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking and other offences.

Viewers had criticised the channel for airing the interview with Dershowitz, who previously acted as a lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein, and was himself accused of sexual abuse by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, which he denied.

Following the controversial broadcast, the BBC said in a statement: ‘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.

‘We will look into how this happened.’

The BBC came under fire after Dershowitz said in the interview: ‘The most important thing for British viewers is that the government was very careful who it used as witnesses.

‘It did not use as a witness the woman who accused Prince Andrew, who accused me, who accused many other people, because the government didn’t believe she was telling the truth.

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