Town of Palm Beach police recommended that Epstein be charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and with lewd and lascivious molestation charges. The police chief, who feels that justice has not been adequately served, has referred the case to the FBI. Epstein's attorney said the grand jury and the State Attorney acted reasonably.
Now, Fort Lauderdale lawyer Brad Edwards is helping to write a new chapter in this murky and sordid tale. Representing two alleged victims identified only as Jane Doe No. I've never been in the same place with her. She's made up the whole story completely from whole cloth. Department of Justice to prosecute Epstein for sex trafficking of children by fraud and use of interstate commerce to entice a minor to commit prostitution, among other offenses.
A wealthy Wall Street money manager who had once attempted to purchase New York magazine, Epstein traveled the world in circles that included President Bill Clinton and businessman Donald Trump. Despite his vast fortune and mansion in Palm Beach, Epstein kept a low profile and wasn't a regular in the wealthy island's social scene.
The low profile vanished in , when a woman contacted the Palm Beach police fearing that Epstein had molested her year-old daughter. Police then located a community college student who gave a sworn statement that she had taken six girls, all between the ages of 14 and 16, to Epstein.
Police referred the case to the FBI. In September , Dershowitz helped Epstein negotiate a then-secret non-prosecution agreement with the U. In , Epstein pleaded guilty to a state charge of soliciting prostitution with a minor and served 13 months of an month sentence. After his conviction, Epstein's story grew even more bizarre, with anonymous women accusing him in federal court of conspiring with Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late British media baron Robert Maxwell, to operate an international underage sex ring.
The case has been pending for more than six years before U. District Judge Kenneth A. Epstein forced Jane Doe No. Dershowitz denied the claims, describing them as part of an extortion plot. He called the filing "the sleaziest legal document I have ever seen.
Dershowitz said he intends to file complaints against Edwards and Cassell. As such we would not comment on the detail. Knowingly making defamatory statements in court records can be grounds for disbarment. Information from the Associated Press supplemented this report.