The BBC is scheduled to conduct an internal investigation into its choice to interview Alan Dershowitz, Jeffrey Epstein’s former lawyer and someone who is currently facing allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, shortly after Ghislaine Maxwell’s guilty judgment.
On Wednesday night, Dershowitz appeared on BBC News to discuss the trial but was just introduced as a “lawyer” with no context regarding his ties to Epstein or references to the sexual abuse allegations leveled against himself.
Dershowitz claimed that the charges against himself and Prince Andrew had been weakened because prosecutors in the Maxwell trial forgot to bring their accuser, Virginia Giuffre, as a witness. Both Dershowitz and Prince Andrew dispute Giuffre’s allegations.
His presence provoked enormous criticism on social media, with the BBC under fire for presenting Dershowitz as an objective commentator on a matter in which he is intimately involved.
Following the backlash, the BBC issued a statement admitting that the choice did not satisfy its “editorial standards” and stating that it will look into why Dershowitz was interviewed.
The BBC was recently chastised for interviewing a relative of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet immediately after the country’s election, and for introducing Stanley Johnson, the father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as an “environmentalist” on its flagship politics show Newsnight to discuss the climate crisis earlier this year.
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