A bombshell report in The Hill that President Donald Trump’s political opponents tried to gin up sexual misconduct allegations against him struck a nerve Friday with well-known Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz.
Appearing Friday night on "The Ingraham Angle" on Fox News, Dershowitz recounted his own experience on the subject.
"Most women tell the truth. Most women have no reason to lie about being sexually assaulted," he said. "But there are some women out there — and some men — who will lie for money. I know from personal experience."
Dershowitz said the accusations against him had not a shred of truth.
"A woman I never met, never heard of, accused me, and we were able to then learn and prove that she had a very strong, multimillion-dollar motive for making a false allegation, and was pressured to do so by her lawyers," he said. "And now her allegation has been totally and thoroughly disproved by documentation."
Dershowitz's comments came after The Hill reported that celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom offered to sell victims' stories about alleged sexual harassment by Donald Trump to tabloid TV shows — while taking a cut for herself.
Bloom reportedly offered to arrange for a donor to pay off one Trump accuser's mortgage. She tried to get a six-figure payment for another woman, who ultimately turned her down after she was offered as much as $750,000, according to the paper.
Bloom acknowledged in a statement to The Hill that she had discussions about donations on behalf of women who made or were considering making accusations against Trump during the 2016 campaign. Two of the women went public, and two declined, according to the paper.
Fox host Laura Ingraham asked whether the offers of payment may have violated campaign finance laws if donors to pro-Hillary Clinton super PACs were involved.
The revelations come as Trump's opponents have sought to relitigate the sexual harassment claims that he faced and denied last year. Many Democrats see an opening in the current environment that has felled titans of Hollywood, the media and politics. Dozens of Democrats in Congress have called on Trump to resign.
Fox host Laura Ingraham asked whether the offers of payment may have violated campaign finance laws if donors to pro-Hillary Clinton super PACs were involved, as The Hill's story suggested.
Dershowitz said people should be hesitant to criminalize free speech and efforts to obtain information.
"It's a close question, but I do think that it gives us a very important pause on what's going on now in terms of #MeToo," he said, referring to the movement that encourages and praises women for coming forward.
Dershowitz said his own experience with a false accusation demonstrates that not all allegations are true — and that people deserve an opportunity to defend themselves.
"It just shows that there's no such thing as 'all women tell the truth' or '[all] men tell the truth,'" he said. "There's no gender gene for truthfulness or lying and, therefore, we have to have due process. We have to be scrupulous in questioning everybody's accusations."
Last Modified: January 5, 2018, 8:05 am