Jeffrey Epstein is back in the news as it was announced that he has reached a settlement in a long-running lawsuit—just before dozens of his accusers would have the opportunity to testify.
Epstein is a billionaire financier who was forced to register as a sex offender a decade ago after he pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. At the time, he was actually accused of sexually abusing dozens of young girls and running a child sex trafficking ring for the benefit of his closest friends.
He was facing life in prison, but the non-prosecution agreement he accepted put him in jail for just 13 months, and it protected anyone who was associated with him from having to face charges.
Epstein just reached an undisclosed settlement in a lawsuit he filed against Bradley Edwards, a Florida lawyer who represented several of the girls who said that Epstein paid them for sex. Epstein sued Edwards for going after him, and this settlement comes just before a number of the victims could have had an opportunity to testify in court.
However, Edwards said that he is not discouraged by this development, and he still has hope that the victims will eventually have the opportunity to have their day in court—something arguably should have happened a decade ago.
Alexander Acosta was the U.S. attorney for Florida’s southern district at the time, and he the one who negotiated Epstein’s incredibly light plea deal. Now, Acosta is the U.S. Secretary of Labor, and a group of 15 Democratic lawmakers is calling for an investigation into his plea deal with Epstein.
Ten of the lawmakers are representatives in Florida, and the fact that they are all Democrats is notable because while Epstein’s close circle of friends included everyone from Donald Trump to Prince Andrew, it also included Bill Clinton—a fellow Democrat who was incredibly close to Epstein when he was in office.