RELATED STORIES The Good Fight might need to employ a legal representative of its own soon: Famous attorney Alan Dershowitz is requiring an apology from the CBS All Access legal drama and threatening to take legal action against after a personality called him a “shyster” in a current episode.
Our sibling website Variety has the details on Dershowitz’s complaints, which fixate The Good Fight‘s Season 4 ending, provocatively titled “The Gang Discovers Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein.” David Alford (Nashville) guest-starred as Benjamin Dafoe, a criminal defense lawyer that once called Epstein (also known as “that asshole”) a client. When Audra McDonald’s Liz asks Dafoe, “When did you determine your previous client was an asshole?,” he reacts, “Probably regarding the time he ditched me for Dershowitz. At least I didn’t get a massage, like that shyster. And also for the functions of any kind of potential claim, ‘shyster’ is just my opinion, not a statement of fact.”
Dafoe used that “for the purposes of any potential claim” please note consistently, and to comedic effect, throughout his discussion with Liz and also Diane, consisting of when he claimed Dershowitz “would certainly sell his granny to flatter the well-known as well as abundant,” and also when he claimed in parting, “Watch out for Dershowitz. That a– opening will certainly sue you at the decline of a hat.”
Dershowitz’s attorneys sent CBS a letter earlier this month asking that the episode be drawn and that a retraction as well as apology be issued. They declare that the episode “incorrectly suggests that Professor Dershowitz took part in sexual conduct, i.e. a ‘massage therapy,’ with a minor woman related to Epstein, and is uneven, deceitful as well as lying regarding it, i.e. a ‘shyster.'” They add that the “point of view” please notes in the manuscript only reveal “that CBS recognized the declarations were libellous, yet looked for, albeit weakly, to skirt liability.”
ViacomCBS basic advise reacted with a letter safeguarding the episode: “We’re confident that no viewer would conclude that Professor Dershowitz is a shyster based upon one line of viewpoint from a fictional character on the Series, in contrast to the real-life, accurate publications that have actually called him precisely that.”
Dershowitz urges that he’s in fact a fan of The Good Fight— “My family members and I have watched it and also enjoyed it”– but vows to take the show to court if his demands aren’t met: “Nobody’s going to call me a shyster and also get away with it.”