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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Jeffrey Epstein, aged 63, is a billionaire and former Bear Sterns financier who made a fortune with his own financial firm, “J. Epstein and Co.” in 2008. He is also a registered sex offender who was arrested and convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution, for which he served a year and a month in prison. He currently is living in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Now, he is dealing with lawsuits related to his sexual activities.

Mr. Epstein has now had to pay $5.5 million to settle lawsuits that were filed against him by over two dozen teens.  The accusations in the lawsuits included charges that Epstein recruited underage girls to serve as sex slaves for his rich friends.  He’s had to pay out $1million to a victim known as “L.M.,” $2 million to another victim known as “E.W.,” and $2.5 million to a third victim who was only designated as “Jane Doe,” according to the newspaper, the Palm Beach Post.

An ongoing feud has been happening between Mr. Epstein and two lawyers named Bradley Edwards and Scott Rothstein. The settlement details with the payouts to the teenagers involved were revealed as part of the feud.

Scott Rothstein himself has his own legal troubles. He’s currently incarcerated and serving a 50-year jail sentence after being convicted of sponsoring a $1.2 billion “Ponzi” confidence scheme. Mr. Rothstein and Edwards had originally been sued by Jeffrey Epstein, who alleged that Bradley Edwards completely made up the accusations about him running the sex slave ring in order to preserve Mr. Rothstein’s ongoing Ponzi scheme. Mr. Edwards had filed the lawsuits for several of the teens accusing Mr. Epstein of recruiting them for the sex slave ring.

While this original lawsuit that Jeffrey Epstein filed against Edwards and Rothstein had been dropped in 2012, Epstein has since been sued by Bradley Edwards for malicious prosecution. 

That case is due to go to trial in December.

Tonja Haddad, Jeffery Epstein’s lawyer, has requested on Tuesday a postponement of the trial.  The reason she gave was that she has been unable to communicate with Mr. Epstein since Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc on the private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands where he maintains a personal estate.  Judge Donald Lafele, a Palm Beach Circuit judge, had since refused the request, bringing up Jeffery Epstein’s considerable wealth and the fact that he has a private jet, stating how he should be able to travel if he wishes to.

Jeffery Epstein originally pled guilty to charges in 2008 of seeking sexual services from a 14 year-old girl. This was part of a larger plea bargain that ended up with him sentenced to 18-months in prison. He only served 13 months of that original sentence. 

In May of this year, Virginia Giuffre, one of the supposed teenage sex slaves that Mr. Epstein obtained, reached an agreement in a defamation lawsuit she had filed against Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend.

By: Anat Ghelber