Wednesday 29 January 2020

Epstein 'abused girls on island in 2018' - lawsuit

Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused trafficked young girls on his private Caribbean island as recently as 2018, according to a new lawsuit filed by the attorney general of the US Virgin Islands. (stock photo)
Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused trafficked young girls on his private Caribbean island as recently as 2018, according to a new lawsuit filed by the attorney general of the US Virgin Islands. (stock photo)

Harriet Alexander

Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused trafficked young girls on his private Caribbean island as recently as 2018, according to a new lawsuit filed by the attorney general of the US Virgin Islands.

The late financier's lawyers have insisted that after he admitted procuring a minor for prostitution as part of a 2008 plea bargain, he was a changed man who led a law-abiding life.

However, the new case filed yesterday alleges that the abuse continued after he was released from jail.

In July the billionaire was charged with sexually exploiting dozens of women and girls in New York and Florida, but they did not point to any criminality beyond 2005.

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Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August, while awaiting trial.

The case, filed by Denise George, accuses Epstein of bringing girls as young as 11 and 12 to his secluded estate on the island of Little Saint James. She also claims he kept a computer database to track the availability and movements of potential prey.

The suit was filed against Epstein's estate, and seeks the forfeiture of Little Saint James plus the second island he owned, Great Saint James.

It also seeks the dissolution of numerous shell companies he established in the territory, which officials have said acted as fronts for his sex trafficking enterprise.

Irish Independent

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