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‘Bigot?’: The Kathy Griffin vs. Alan Dershowitz Twitter Feud Has Taken Some Bizarre Turns


The latest Twitter feud heating up the internet may not be what you expected. It all started on Tuesday, when television personality Kathy Griffin tweeted a Wall Street Journal piece that Dershowitz penned about Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s anticipated report in the ongoing Russia investigation. The piece was about how the report will likely be one-sided, given that it’s coming from prosecutors, and that Trump should be able to submit his own report. Suffice to say that Griffin was less than sympathetic.

“Trump can respond from prison,” Griffin said. She then made it personal, saying, “Hopefully you’ll be there with him after you’re convicted for statutory rape.”

That last part was a reference to allegations from Virginia Roberts, who claimed that she had sex with the Harvard Law Professor Emeritus when she was underage, as part of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein‘s alleged trafficking operation. Dershowitz has vehemently denied the allegations, and has pointed to documented evidence that he says refutes the allegations. On Tuesday, he appeared on the Law&Crime Network to address the issue.

In response to Griffin’s opening attack, Dershowitz responded by tweeting a letter to the editor he wrote to Salon that was published on Sunday. In it, Dershowitz addressed the same allegations, and detailed how he has “conclusively disproved them.” To Griffin, he wrote, “For bigots like you even innocence is not a defense. See attached letter.”

Griffin did not take this well, and asked why Dershowitz was accusing her of being a bigot. She then took a shot at him for representing Epstein, who had just settled a civil case brought by an attorney representing his accusers.

Dershowitz doubled down, then proceeded to point out what he felt was Griffin’s ignorance when it comes to his connection to the Epstein case, and the American legal system in general. Dershowitz had nothing to do with the civil case or its settlement. He only represented Epstein in a criminal case, and is proud to provide constitutionally guaranteed defenses for even the most hated suspects.

Griffin’s first retort was a reference to a past Dershowitz client.

In the early 1980s, Claus von Bülow was convicted of the attempted murder of his wife Sunny von Bülow. He then hired Dershowitz, who helped get the decision overturned on appeal, before von Bülow was later acquitted at a second trial.

Less than an hour later, Griffin tweeted again, getting back to the question of the bigotry accusation.

So far, no response.


For what it’s worth, Dershowitz isn’t the only Harvard professor Griffin took issue with that day.

[Image of Kathy Griffin via Christopher Polk/Getty Images; image of Alan Dershowitz via ABC screengrab]

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