At the onset of the “MeToo” movement, leftists like Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono threw due process rights out the window and declared that if a woman accuses a man of sexual misconduct, even if he believes himself innocent, he should just shut up and not defend himself. I took the opposite view: that every accuser deserves a respectful hearing while every accused person deserves the presumption of innocence. I even extended that to Andrew Cuomo, so you know how serious I am about protecting Constitutional rights.
One of the few males accused who strongly denied the accusation and took it to court was law professor Alan Dershowitz. Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre claimed Epstein had trafficked her to Dershowitz when she was a teenager. He maintained that he had never met her, and wrote of how the false allegation had turned his life upside down and damaged his reputation and career.
After eight years of legal battles, the lawsuits have finally been dropped with no money changing hands. Giuffre issued a statement saying she was young and traumatized at the time and admitting that she “may have made a mistake” in identifying Dershowitz. He in turn stated that he accepts that she believed it at the time, recognizes how much she suffered, and commends her for her work in battling sex trafficking.
And just like that, it’s over. So people who are falsely accused can eventually clear their names if they fight back hard enough. And are willing to keep fighting for eight long years, and have good financial resources and the legal expertise of Alan Dershowitz. All told, it’s better just to make sure you’re accusing the right person in the first place.