Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Accuser says Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was 15

Accuser says Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was 15

On Monday, the USA attorney in Manhattan said it was not bound by the plea deal and accused Epstein of luring dozens of girls, some as young as 14, and coercing them into sex acts. Prosecutors are likely to argue he is a flight risk and should remain in jail instead of being released on bail pending trial. On Monday, Weingarten told the court that the government is "seeking two bites at the apple", adding that "for due process reasons, double jeopardy reasons, we don't think that will stand". Epstein was arrested at Teterboro airport in New Jersey on Saturday night after returning from Paris in his private jet. Mr Berman appealed to anyone who may have been a victim or have information to come forward. Court documents related to the case have been kept under seal, and no official announcement of Epstein's arrest has been made.

However, Acosta said he would respect the president's choice if he later decided he was not the best person for the job. She told NBC that Epstein "raped me, forcefully raped me ..." "He's a lot of fun to be with". "It is even said that he likes handsome women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side".

Now, after veteran Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown previous year exposed how Acosta let Epstein walk away with the deal of a lifetime, Epstein has been arrested on new sex-trafficking charges related to incidents that allegedly occurred in 2005.

The former hedge fund manager, known for socialising with politicians and royalty, first came under investigation in 2005 after police in Palm Beach, Florida, received reports he had sexually abused minors in his mansion there.

Acosta, who was a US prosecutor in Florida at the time, has been the target of criticism that his office approved a lenient deal and allowed Epstein to avoid full responsibility. He served 13 months in a county jail, but was allowed to leave during the day to go to his office, and agreed to register as a sex offender.

"The alleged behaviour shocks the conscience", he said. Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges; if convicted he could be imprisoned for the rest of his life.

That agreement allowed Epstein to plea to a lesser offence.

Another former SDNY prosecutor said she believed that, while Epstein's attorneys are not likely to make a successful argument in court that the agreement applies to the NY district, they could make that appeal to the deputy attorney general.

U.S. Secretary of Labour Alex Acosta, shown after an event at the White House in Washington in April, was a federal prosecutor in Florida when Epstein was given a plea deal in 2008. A spokeswoman for the Labor Department declined to comment on Sunday.

"Let me ask you this, because tonight President Clinton has spoken out and said I want to make it clear that there was some travel with him, there was always Secret Service, two had brief meetings, people who are trying to tie the two of them together, just like there are people trying to tie Epstein to President Trump, that those are unfair leaps in logic, the Clintons say", Fox host Shannon Bream said. "I have 28 girls coming.' It was him and Epstein".

Were Trump and the others aware that Epstein was allegedly molesting underage girls?

Epstein's personal address book, copies of which have been included in legal filings, lists multiple private numbers for contacting Trump, his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka, as well as Trump's butler, executive assistant and security staff.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled in February that prosecutors in Florida were wrong not to consult the victims before reaching the non-prosecution agreement, though he did not invalidate the agreement.

The non-prosecution agreement, examined in detail in a series of stories in The Miami Herald, is being challenged in federal court in Florida.

Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Jamie Raskin sent Acosta a letter Wednesday inviting him to testify July 23. Rep. "He called me this morning to say, if asked, that our relationship is excellent too and any articles to the contrary are in his words 'BS'".

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