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How It Feels To Be Falsely Accused

FMSF News Alert - September 10, 2015

Dear Friends,

After Alan Dershowitz, one of the country’s most famous attorneys and Professor Emeritus of Law at Harvard University, was himself accused of sexual abuse, he wrote [1]: "I thought I understood what it must feel like to be falsely accused.... But until it happened to me, I would have no real comprehension of what it actually feels like, on an emotional level."

He wrote that he did not take the accusation by the 31-year-old woman seriously because he knew he was innocent and she had a history of making up stories. At the time she accused Dershowitz, she also accused Britain’s Prince Andrew.

Dershowitz was sure that no one would believe her. His wife, however, was more cautious noting: "You trust the truth too much. Why do you think people will believe the truth? So many people believe so many things that are not true." [1]

Dershowitz had to prove a negative and do so without even knowing the specific details of what he had been accused of doing. He accomplished that and his name was removed from the record.

But Dershowitz noted, "You can’t unring a bell." He wrote that the newspapers that had given headlines to the accusations against him did not do the same when a judge struck down the accusations. He said that even though he has been legally vindicated, he is going to continue to work to clear his name.

"I feel like a victim of a drive-by shooting or the object of scribbled graffiti on the wall of a bathroom stall." [2] Dershowitz noted that he had the resources to fight back - but at a very high cost and he is worried about people without those resources. He believes that there is a currently a gaping hole in the legal system and is going to work to change that situation.

[1]. Dershowitz, A.M. (2015 April 10). How it feels to be Falsely Accused. NY Observer. Retrieved on September 2, 2015 from

[2]. Dershowitz, A.M. (2015, Jan, 14). A nightmare of false accusation that could happen to you. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on September 2, 2015 from

Pamela and J. Bean