Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuses started by 1985, focused 13-year-old, lawsuit claims

Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuses began by 1985, targeted 13-year-old, lawsuit claims

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of women and younger girls started as early as 1985 and focused victims as younger as 13 years previous, in accordance with a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by 9 accusers towards his property.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein seems in {a photograph} taken for the New York State Division of Prison Justice Companies’ intercourse offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019. New York State Division of Prison Justice Companies/Handout through REUTERS.

The accusers, often known as Jane Doe I by way of Jane Doe IX, are amongst greater than 20 girls to this point to formally search compensation from Epstein’s $577 million property, after he killed himself on Aug. 10 in a Manhattan jail cell.

Epstein’s demise at age 66 was dominated a suicide, and got here 5 weeks after his arrest on federal costs he trafficked dozens of underage women from at the least 2002 to 2005. He had pleaded not responsible. Many accusers have stated his abuses occurred final decade.

Attorneys for Epstein’s property didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon the lawsuit, which was filed in a New York state courtroom in Manhattan.

The 9 girls stated Epstein’s abuses spanned greater than twenty years, usually with assist from associates, and 6 stated they have been raped.

One accuser, Jane Doe II, stated Epstein sexually assaulted, abused and battered her beginning round 1985, when she was 23.

One other accuser, Jane Doe I, stated she was 14 when abuse started round 1990, whereas Jane Doe III stated she was simply 13 when her abuse started round 2003.

Jordan Merson, a lawyer for the 9 girls, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

On Nov. 14, the executors of Epstein’s property, Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, requested a choose within the U.S. Virgin Islands to determine a voluntary restitution fund to compensate Epstein’s victims.

The fund’s directors would come with Kenneth Feinberg, who has overseen funds on claims tied to the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults, the BP oil spill in 2010, and Normal Motors Co automobiles with faulty ignition switches.

Epstein had initially escaped federal prosecution by pleading responsible in 2008 in a Florida state prostitution case. That plea is now broadly thought of too lenient.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Enhancing by Howard Goller

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