Dershowitz’s attorneys subpoenaed Wexner to testify in person on September 4 in Columbus, Ohio, along with requested documents regarding Epstein, Giuffre, and correspondence with his attorneys. Dershowitz’s attorneys describe the documents they request in one of the letters, including communications between Wexner and his attorney John Zeiger, and any attorneys representing Giuffre, as well as documents regarding “any offer, agreement or promise that Wexner did to help Epstein’s accusers ”. Wexner’s attorneys pushed back, saying much of the information requested by Dershowitz’s legal team is protected by attorney-client privilege.
Court documents were unsealed Monday by a federal judge in the trial between Giuffre and Dershowitz. Giuffre alleges that Epstein sexually abused her between 2000 and 2002 as a minor, and that he “loaned” her to others, including Dershowitz for “sexual purposes”, an allegation which Dershowitz denies . Giuffre is suing Dershowitz for defamation for accusing Giuffre and his lawyers of devising a scheme to falsely accuse Dershowitz of sex trafficking to extort money from Wexner.
Dershowitz’s attorneys seek to file Wexner to try to prove Giuffre’s claims that Wexner sexually assaulted her were part of an extortion attempt, the documents show.
His lawyers also offered to make Zeiger available to testify. Wexner is 83 around the time of scheduled filing and a letter says he is at increased risk of Covid-19 and has been in quarantine for several months during the pandemic.
Dershowitz attorneys have written that the heart of their case is that Giuffre accused Dershowitz of sexual abuse as part of a scheme to extort Wexner, and they insist on bringing him and Zeiger down in person.
Wexner has described Epstein as his former fund manager in the past.
Epstein was charged with sex trafficking in July 2019 and found dead in his Manhattan federal prison cell about a month later. He had pleaded not guilty to one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors, and prosecutors alleged he paid girls as young as 14 to have sex with him and he worked with associates to lure. young girls at his residences in Florida and New York. The indictment does not name any of the three alleged victims it mentions.
A statement by Wexner on the Wexner Foundation website from July 2019 states that he was “never aware of the illegal activity alleged in the indictment.”
“Mr. Wexner is not a party to this litigation and no complaint has been filed against him,” Tom Davies, a spokesperson for Wexner, said in a statement to CNN. “The dispute is between Mr. Dershowitz and Ms. Giuffre. We suggested that Mr. Wexner answer a question for written testimony, make Mr. Zeiger available for testimony, and provide all documents in response to subpoenas under banal protection. We believe this is more than a reasonable accommodation at Mr. Dershowitz’s request. ”
Dershowitz’s lawyers wrote that they had the right to make Wexner, under oath, make statements he made in the press: that he never met Giuffre and that he had no knowledge sex trafficking or other illegal activities of Epstein.
Wexner stepped down as chairman and chief executive of L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, in February and was appointed chairman emeritus of the company.
CNN has reached out to Giuffre’s attorneys for comment. In the unsealed letters, his attorney Charles Cooper asks the court to allow Wexner and Zeiger’s depositions to continue.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska is scheduled to hold a conference with all parties in the defamation case on August 17.
Prosecutors in Epstein’s criminal case have said publicly since his death that they will hold anyone who is accomplices of Epstein accountable. In July, SDNY prosecutors charged Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and partner, for her role in recruiting, grooming and sexually assaulting minors, saying she “helped, facilitated and contributed” to Epstein’s abuse of underage girls. In court proceedings last month, Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the charges.