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Financier Epstein arrested in U.S. sex trafficking case

Financier Epstein arrested in U.S. sex trafficking case

Postby smix » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:11 pm

Financier Epstein arrested in U.S. sex trafficking case
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKCN1U20IK
Category: Legal
Published: July 7, 2019

Description: NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financier Jeffrey Epstein was arrested late on Saturday on suspicion of sex trafficking of underage girls and will appear in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, a source familiar with the matter said, meaning he will face charges similar to those he avoided in a 2007 plea deal. Epstein, 66, was being held in New York City’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons website. Asked by email if Epstein planned to plead not guilty to any charges, a lawyer for Epstein, Jack Goldberger, replied, “Yes.” A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, which is handling the case, declined to comment. The former hedge fund manager who is known for socializing with politicians and royalty has been investigated in the past. Epstein pleaded guilty in 2007 to a reduced felony prostitution charge in Florida and registered as a sex offender. His 13-month sentenced enabled him to get out of the Palm Beach County Stockade six days a week to work from his office, according to the New York Times. In February of this year, a U.S. district judge in Florida ruled that prosecutors violated the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act by not letting more than 30 identified victims know of the deal so they would have a chance to oppose it. Even so, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing last month there was no reason to cancel that agreement. Among the prosecutors who made that 2007 deal was Alex Acosta, then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and now U.S. Secretary of Labor for President Donald Trump. A U.S. Justice Department office is investigating whether government attorneys committed professional misconduct in the Epstein case. The Justice Department declined to comment on the status of that probe. Before reaching the non-prosecution agreement with Acosta’s office, Epstein was facing potential federal indictment for sexually abusing dozens of girls as young as 14 between 1999 and 2007, directing others to abuse them and paying employees to bring victims to him, according to court filings. Epstein has said that his encounters with alleged victims were consensual and that he believed they were 18 when they occurred. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives confronted Acosta about his role in the Epstein case in April when the labor secretary appeared before the House Appropriations subcommittee on a routine budget matter. Acosta responded that human trafficking was “an in­cred­ibly important issue” and said his office’s efforts ensured that Epstein faced jail time and had to register as a sex offender. “I understand the frustration,” Acosta told the subcommittee. “I think it’s important to understand that he was going to get off with no jail time or restitution. It was the work of our office that resulted in him going to jail.” Saturday’s arrest was first reported by the Daily Beast, which cited three unidentified law enforcement sources, and later by other media including the Miami Herald, also citing anonymous sources. The new charges stem from purported trafficking of dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, the Daily Beast said. The Miami Herald reported that the charges include new victims and witnesses who spoke to authorities in New York over the past several months. Brad Edwards, a lawyer who represents some of Epstein’s accusers, said, “I got many calls between last night and today from multiple victims crying tears of joy. One just kept repeating that she was so happy he was finally off the streets.” Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, the Miami Herald reported, citing one of its sources. Flight records show he had just flown to Teterboro from Paris on Saturday, the Herald said. About a dozen federal agents broke down the door to Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse on Saturday afternoon to execute search warrants, the Herald said, citing sources a witness who described FBI agents banging on his door.



Financier Epstein pleads not guilty to U.S. sex trafficking charges involving girls
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-peop ... SKCN1U3136
Category: Legal
Published: July 8, 2019

Description: NEW YORK (Reuters) - American financier Jeffrey Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of sex trafficking as prosecutors accused him of luring dozens of girls as young as 14 to his luxury homes in New York and Florida and paying them for sex acts. An indictment unsealed in federal court in Manhattan accused Epstein, 66, of arranging for girls to perform nude “massages” and other sex acts, and paying some girls to recruit others, from at least 2002 to 2005. “The alleged behavior shocks the conscience, and while the charged conduct is from a number of years ago, it is still profoundly important to the many alleged victims, now young women,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said at a press conference. “They deserve their day in court.” Epstein was known for socializing with politicians and royalty, with friends who have included U.S. President Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton, and according to court papers Britain’s Prince Andrew. None of those people was mentioned in the indictment. Wearing dark blue jail scrubs, Epstein entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman to one count of sex trafficking and one count of sex trafficking conspiracy. Epstein faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted. According to the indictment, the former hedge fund manager “intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18, including because, in some instances, minor victims expressly told him their age.” Epstein, who registered as a sex offender under a 2008 plea deal in Florida, has said in earlier court filings that his encounters with alleged victims were consensual and that he believed they were 18 when they occurred. Epstein will remain in jail until July 15, when his bail will be determined. Prosecutors told Pitman that Epstein should be detained pending trial, saying he posed an “extraordinary risk of flight” because of his wealth, ownership of private planes, and significant international ties.
MANHATTAN MANSION SEARCH
Epstein was arrested here on Saturday night at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where he had returned on his private plane from Paris. Prosecutors said a search of Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, conducted under a search warrant, uncovered evidence of hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of nude photographs of “what appeared to be underage girls,” including some photos cataloged on compact discs and kept in a locked safe. Berman encouraged other victims to come forward and contact prosecutors. The case is being handled by the public corruption unit of Berman’s office. Berman declined to discuss media speculation about people affiliated or associated with Epstein, telling reporters: “I urge you not to read into that one way or the other.” Trump praised Epstein in an interview with New York magazine in 2002. “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump said. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
EARLIER DEAL
Epstein first came under investigation in 2005 after police in Palm Beach, Florida, received reports he had sexually abused underage girls in his mansion there. By 2007, Epstein was facing a potential federal indictment for sexually abusing dozens of girls between 1999 and 2007, directing others to abuse them, and paying employees to bring victims to him, according to court filings. However, Epstein struck a deal to plead guilty in 2008 to a lesser Florida state felony prostitution charge, and register as a sex offender. He served 13 months in a county jail, but was allowed to leave during the day to go to his office. Some of Epstein’s accusers have criticized that agreement as too lenient. Berman, the U.S. attorney, said he was not bound by it. Reid Weingarten, a lawyer for Epstein, told the magistrate judge that his client had led a “law-abiding life” since 2008, and that the indictment appeared to be “essentially a do-over.” Prosecutors who helped craft the Florida agreement included Alex Acosta, then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and now Trump’s Secretary of Labor. A spokeswoman for the Labor Department declined to comment on Sunday.
‘MASSAGES’
According to the indictment, Epstein would initially recruit victims to provide “massages,” which they would perform nude or partially nude. Prosecutors said the encounters would become increasingly sexual in nature, sometimes including groping and indirect contact with victims’ genitals, where Epstein would typically masturbate and ask victims to touch him while he did. Epstein paid girls to recruit new girls, to ensure a “steady supply of new victims to exploit” prosecutors said. Three unnamed employees, one in Manhattan and two in Palm Beach, aided Epstein by arranging some of his sexual encounters, the indictment said. Several of Epstein’s accusers said that in the Florida deal, they were denied a chance to express their views, violating the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act. In February, a federal judge in Florida called the deal illegal. Even so, the Department of Justice said in a June court filing that there was no reason to cancel it. At a second court hearing on Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said some of Epstein’s victims have been informed of the new indictment. Rossmiller, asked by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman whether other people might be charged, said no further indictment was imminent but one was possible “down the road.” Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives confronted Acosta about his role in the Florida agreement in April, during a hearing on a routine budget matter. Acosta assured lawmakers that human trafficking was “an incredibly important issue,” and said his office’s efforts ensured that Epstein would be punished. “I understand the frustration,” Acosta said. “It’s important to understand that he was going to get off with no jail time or restitution. It was the work of our office that resulted in him going to jail.” The Justice Department is investigating whether government lawyers committed professional misconduct in the Florida case.
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Bill Clinton 'not telling the truth' about Jeffrey Epstein, says investigative journalist who first revealed allegations in 2010

Postby smix » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:39 pm

Bill Clinton 'not telling the truth' about Jeffrey Epstein, says investigative journalist who first revealed allegations in 2010
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URL: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bill-c ... journalist
Category: Politics
Published: July 9, 2019

Description: Investigative journalist Conchita Sarnoff said Monday that former President Bill Clinton isn’t telling the truth when he says he "knows nothing" of the alleged crimes of Jeffrey Epstein. Sarnoff, who’s the executive director of Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking and the author of her book “Trafficking,” appeared on Fox News @ Night after an indictment alleging sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy was unsealed Monday morning against Epstein, while Clinton's spokesman issued a statement denying knowledge of Epstein's alleged behavior. Epstein, the wealthy and politically connected financier who pleaded not guilty during his initial appearance in a New York City federal court, is accused of preying on "dozens" of victims as young as 14. Clinton, meanwhile, said in a statement that he “knows nothing” about the “terrible crimes,” insisting that he took “a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane” in 2002 and 2003 – while his Secret Service detail traveled with him at all times – and that he had only brief meetings with Epstein.

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But Sarnoff, who first broke the Epstein story back in 2010, says the figure isn’t accurate, claiming that Clinton was a guest on Epstein’s planes many more times over a longer period. “I know from the pilot logs and these are pilot logs that you know were written by different pilots and at different times that Clinton went, he was a guest of Epstein's 27 times,” she said, adding that “many of those times Clinton had his Secret Service with him and many times he did not.” “Almost every time that Clinton's name is on the pilot logs there are underage girls there are initials and there are names of many many girls on that private plane.” Sarnoff went on to say that she believes Clinton “is not telling the truth” about his ties to Epstein. “I'm saying, sadly, that he is not telling the truth,” she said. “First of all, Gerald Lefcourt, who was one of Epstein's attorneys back during the original arrest and the original investigation, wrote a letter which has been made public.” She added: “In that letter, Gerald Lefcourt claims that Epstein was one of the original funders of Clinton Global Initiative. He gave President Clinton four million dollars, according to a source who knows a story about that.” Sarnoff said she requested interviews with Clinton about the matter, but he "would not agree" to talk to her.
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