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Meghan McCain says Alan Dershowitz should no longer be on TV following Jeffrey Epstein arrest bombshell

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Meghan McCain, conservative co-host on "The View," said that Alan Dershowitz shouldn't be on television any longer after accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's arrest.

Authorities arrested billionaire financier Epstein, 66, on sex trafficking charges Saturday. He plead not guilty on Monday.

One woman purported to be involved in the sex ring — Virginia Roberts Giuffre — said that she was part of a sex ring involving Epstein when she was under the age of 18. She also alleged that Epstein loaned her out to Dershowitz on occasion. Giuffre also filed a defamation lawsuit against Dershowitz and accused him of being "a participant in sex trafficking, including as one of the men to whom Epstein lent out Plaintiff for sex."

Dershowitz has served as one of Epstein's lawyers over the years and has vehemently denied the allegations.

What did McCain say?

McCain made the suggestion during Tuesday's episode of "The View."

Taking aim at Harvard law professor emeritus Dershowitz — a frequent Fox News contributor, among other networks — McCain said that the famed attorney should perhaps stop doing television for the time being.

"I ... don't think that people like Alan Dershowitz should be on TV right now while they're being accused of being involved [in the Epstein scandal]," she said. "A lot of people have a lot to answer for."

Unsealed indictments against Epstein allege that from 2002 until 2005, the billionaire financier created a "vast network" of underage girls who were both sexually abused and exploited.

"The victims, who were as young as 14 years of age, were told by Epstein or other individuals to partially or fully undress before beginning [a] 'massage,'" prosecutors said. "During the encounter, Epstein would escalate the nature and scope of physical contact with his victims to include among other things, sex acts such as groping and direct and indirect contact with the victim's genitals."

Reports say that some of the alleged victims were as young as 14 years old. Epstein — a registered sex offender — is in jail awaiting a hearing. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted on all charges. In 2008, Epstein struck a plea deal in order to avoid federal prosecution

You can read more on the background here and here.

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