Prosecutors: Jeffrey Epstein Paid $350,000 to ‘Silence’ Potential Witnesses

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2019

Federal prosecutors in NY accused Jeffrey Epstein, the multimillionaire charged with sex trafficking, of possible witness tampering, saying in a court filing Friday he made $350,000 in payments to two possible co-conspirators after a series of newspaper stories alleged he sexually abused dozens of girls. Brown spoke to Epstein's accusers, who, as she reported past year, "believe they were betrayed by the very prosecutors who pledged to protect them".

The allegations were made in a court filing asking that Epstein be denied bail while he awaits trial.

Epstein's non-prosecution agreement allowed him to plead guilty to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution instead of facing federal charges.

During his Senate confirmation hearing in March 2017, Acosta defended his record as a USA attorney and addressed his decision to not indict Epstein on federal charges.

Isidro "Sid" Garcia, another Palm Beach lawyer who is also representing an Epstein accuser told NPR it wasn't a bad idea for Acosta to go.

Acosta is a former federal prosecutor in South Florida.

Those payments, according to court documents: $100,000 paid to a person from a trust account Epstein controlled and another $250,000 paid to a second person paid from that same account. They did not name the two people who received the money.

"This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations", prosecutors said. Epstein has sought to be released from jail and allowed to remain under house arrest in his Manhattan mansion.

They cited his payments to possible witnesses and the risk that he would flee as reasons to keep him in jail, while describing him as "unrepentant and unreformed".

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Mr Acosta did not apologise for his handling of the case, saying only that the deal - which closed the FBI investigation into whether there were more victims or perpetrators - was a guarantee of jail time.

"If Mr. Acosta was truly concerned with the state's case and felt he had to rescue the matter, he would have moved forward with the 53-page indictment that his own office drafted". On ABC's The View, Joy Behar also tried to connect Epstein to Trump this week, but not Clinton. In a 2016 lawsuit filed against Trump by a woman in her thirties alleging that the President raped her when she was 13 in Epstein's NY townhouse.

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta's resignation announcement on Friday sparked demands from progressive groups for Congress to "hold abusers and their enablers"-including President Donald Trump-"accountable". He added that he didn't think it was right for his handling of Epstein's case to distract from his work as secretary of labour.

"I said you don't have to do this", Trump told Acosta.

A mansion belonging to Jeffrey Epstein at East 71st street is seen on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on July 8, 2019 in New York City.

In a 2002 profile in New York Magazine, Mr Trump referred to Epstein as a "terrific guy".

"I do hear that there were a lot of people involved in that decision", the president said. "I wasn't sure at the time who dropped the ball or failed to do what they had to do", Garcia said. "This was him, not me, because I'm with him", Trump said.

Reports of Epstein's current wealth vary, with his Virgin Islands-based firm generating no public records.

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