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Elizabeth Warren demands billionaire Michael Bloomberg release accusers from NDAs

Elizabeth Warren demands billionaire Michael Bloomberg release accusers from NDAsMichael Bloomberg has been under scrutiny after he was accused of creating a hostile work environment for women in his company in the 1990s.



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Judge ends case against Epstein, with a nod to the accusers

Judge ends case against Epstein, with a nod to the accusersA judge formally ended the criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein on Thursday, but not without a final tribute to the women who spoke out against the financier. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman took the procedural step of adding his initials to an order dismissing the indictment that charged the 66-year-old Epstein with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking of minors in the early 2000s in Florida and New York. In requesting the action 10 days earlier, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, who is not related to the judge, noted that the law required the dismissal after Epstein killed himself in jail Aug. 10 while he was awaiting trial.



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Judge ends case against Epstein, with a nod to the accusers

Judge ends case against Epstein, with a nod to the accusersA judge formally ended the criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein on Thursday, but not without a final tribute to the women who spoke out against the financier.



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Epstein accusers detail sexual abuse in emotional court hearing

Epstein accusers detail sexual abuse in emotional court hearingAlleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein wept in court Tuesday as they told an extraordinary US hearing held weeks after his death how they were sexually abused by the disgraced financier. Epstein, 66, hung himself in his New York prison cell earlier this month while awaiting trial on charges he trafficked young women for sex, depriving alleged victims of their day in court. It was the first time most of the women had spoken publicly about Epstein.



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Jeffrey Epstein: What his accusers had to say when given their moment in court

Jeffrey Epstein: What his accusers had to say when given their moment in courtOne by one, the women stood in court, fighting back tears as they described how Jeffrey Epstein coerced and abused them, and – to the end – avoided efforts to bring him to justice.The women would have preferred a trial. But because Epstein, a politically connected multimillionaire, killed himself in federal custody this month, authorities said, they got only this: a three-hour hearing, convened ostensibly so a judge could weigh prosecutors' request to drop the sex-trafficking charges brought against the jet-setting financier.



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‘Depraved human being’: Jeffrey Epstein accusers voice their anguish in court

‘Depraved human being’: Jeffrey Epstein accusers voice their anguish in court* About 20 women detail turmoil from Epstein interactions * Accusers say billionaire sexually abused them as teenagersGloria Allred, representing alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein, arrives with an unidentified women at Manhattan federal court on Tuesday for a hearing in the criminal case against Epstein. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/ReutersJeffrey Epstein was called a coward and a “depraved human being” in a New York courtroom on Tuesday by women who accused him of sexually abusing them as teens.They had been expecting their day in court to come as part of the criminal prosecution and trial of Epstein after his arrest in July. But while in life they allege he robbed them of their innocence, with his suicide in a New York jail earlier this month, he robbed them of their chance to confront him in court in person.At a special hearing in Manhattan, alleged victims of the disgraced and now dead financier – whose political and royal connections have come under fresh scrutiny since his arrest in New York – were able to give voice to their anguish.About 20 women spoke in Manhattan federal court early on Tuesday, detailing the emotional turmoil they continue to experience from their interactions with Epstein.The subject of his former girlfriend and close associate Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the late press baron Robert Maxwell, also came up at the hearing on Tuesday.“Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused me for many years, robbing me of my innocence and mental health,” said accuser Courtney Wild on Tuesday. She continued: “Jeffrey Epstein robbed myself and all the other victims of our day in court to confront him one by one, and for that, he is a coward.”Many Epstein accusers had heralded his 6 July arrest as an opportunity for justice after years of inaction from authorities. But Epstein killed himself in custody in New York on 10 August, bringing an end to the criminal case against him.However, Manhattan federal judge Richard Berman, who was overseeing the case, last week scheduled this morning’s proceeding in light of Epstein’s death, giving his accusers the opportunity to speak.“I feel very angry and sad,” said Wild. “Justice has never been served in this case.”Several women testified in tears. Others choked up as they took their place before the judge to give their accounts of what happened to them and the impact his sudden death has had on his victims.Some women identified themselves, and others preferred to withhold their names. Their ages were not given, but they described being in their teens when they encountered Epstein in the past.The suicide “felt like a whole new trauma all over again”, said one unnamed accuser. “I don’t know why, because I’m trying to defend myself against him at this point in my life, but it still does not feel good. It didn’t feel good to wake up that morning and hear that he had allegedly committed suicide.”Another, who chose to remain anonymous, said: “I’m just angry that he’s not alive anymore to have to pay the price for his actions.” She claimed Epstein sexually assaulted her several months after she moved to New York for modeling as a teenager.Another woman who spoke claimed that Maxwell, long accused of procuring victims for Epstein and of sexual misconduct herself, introduced her to Epstein.The woman alleged that Epstein raped her at his home in the Virgin Islands. “I tried to pull away, but he was already unbuttoning my shorts,” she said. “All I could say was ‘No, please stop,’ but that just seemed to excite [him] more. I spent two weeks vomiting almost to death in a [Los Angeles, California] hospital after that first encounter.”Others were willing to identify themselves and accused Epstein and Maxwell of wrongdoing.“I’m a victim of Jeffey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s international sex trafficking ring,” said accuser Sarah Ransome, who urged prosecutors: “Please, please, finish what you have started.”Maxwell has emphatically denied all allegations of wrongdoing and has gone to great lengths to contest allegations involving her. She was most recently photographed in public in Los Angeles.Alleged victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre told the court: “I am a victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell and the dark and cruel criminal acts they committed against me … for years and years and years unstopped.”Epstein, long accused of abusing teen girls, had been charged with sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy counts.“He robbed me of my dreams,” said a woman who accused Epstein of raping her when she was a minor. “He stole my chance of really feeling love.”The US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, which prosecuted the case, alleged that the financier sexually abused minors as young as 14 at his Palm Beach, Florida, and New York City homes between 2002 and 2005. He had pleaded not guilty.Judge Berman said: “Mr Epstein’s death obviously means that a trial in which he is a defendant cannot take place. It is a rather stunning turn of events.”Federal prosecutors in New York and US attorney general William Barr vowed that the investigation into potential co-conspirators would continue.Epstein pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges in Florida a dozen years ago, rather than face more serious federal charges to allegations involving numerous minors, in a controversial legal deal.He was required to register as a sex offender. He served 13 months in a local jail but then returned to elite society before being arrested last month.



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Epstein's accusers say now that he's dead the government should rescind the generous 2007 plea deal that protected any accomplices

Epstein's accusers say now that he's dead the government should rescind the generous 2007 plea deal that protected any accomplicesThe deal Jeffrey Epstein reached in 2007 protected four unnamed associates from prosecution. His accusers' lawyers in Florida want it overturned.



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Jeffrey Epstein is 'gone, but justice still must be served': Accusers say they feel robbed

Jeffrey Epstein is 'gone, but justice still must be served': Accusers say they feel robbedAfter the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, women who say he raped them are angry and want authorities to continue the investigation.



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‘We live with scars’: accusers demand Epstein’s death not derail investigations

‘We live with scars’: accusers demand Epstein’s death not derail investigationsAnger and regret after Epstein was found dead in jail by apparent suicide: ‘He will never face the consequences of his crimes’Alleged victims Annie Farmer and Courtney Wild look on as their lawyers speak to the press at federal court following a bail hearing for Jeffrey Epstein, on 15 July. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesVictims of an international sexual trafficking scheme allegedly operated by Jeffrey Epstein reacted to his death with expressions of outrage and regret, and demanded that investigations of the scheme not be derailed.Epstein, 66, who faced charges of sex trafficking and a related conspiracy charge, was found dead in jail in New York City on Saturday morning.“I am angry Jeffrey Epstein won’t have to face his survivors of his abuse in court,” said Jennifer Araoz, who accused Epstein of raping her when she was 15. “We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed, the pain and trauma he caused so many people. Epstein is gone, but justice must still be served. I hope the authorities will pursue and prosecute his accomplices and enablers, and ensure redress for his victims.”Eva Ford, mother of alleged Epstein victim Courtney Wild, questioned how Epstein, who had previously been placed on suicide watch, was not subject to special monitoring.“How does someone who is this high profile commit suicide?” Ford told the Miami Herald. “They had to have cameras on him! Someone must have been paid to look the other way.”Despite the participation of Donald Trump in spreading conspiracist claims about Epstein’s death, no evidence of foul play has emerged. Staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, New York, said Epstein’s body was found at 6:30am, and attorney general William Barr called Epstein’s death an “apparent suicide”.Alleged victim Michelle Licata, who met Epstein when she was 16 and a sophomore at Palm Beach High School in Florida, said she didn’t want anyone to die.“I just wanted him to be held accountable for his actions. Simple as that,” she said.Jena-Lisa Jones, 30, who said she was just 14 when she was introduced to Epstein and was paid $ 200 by him to give him a massage at his home, said he took “the easy way out”.Jack Scarola, an attorney representing several of Epstein’s alleged victims, said: “While I’m sure none of the victims regret his death, all of them regret the information that died with him. The one expectation is that Epstein’s death not derail the investigation into the named and unnamed co-conspirators who still need to be brought to justice.”Lawyer Brad Edwards, who has represented other Epstein accusers, said Epstein’s death had seen him avoid being held responsible.“While we engaged in contentious legal battles for more than a decade, this is not the ending anyone was looking for,” he said in a statement. “The victims deserved to see Epstein held accountable, and he owed it to everyone he hurt to accept responsibility for all of the pain he caused.”The federal investigation into the allegations remains ongoing, said Geoffrey Berman, attorney for the Southern District of New York.He noted in a statement Saturday that the indictment against Epstein includes a conspiracy charge, suggesting others could face charges in the case.Others involved in the effort to bring Epstein to justice said his death would not end their efforts to secure financial damages.Sigrid McCawley, lawyer to Virginia Giuffre and other victims, said in a statement that Epstein’s suicide was “no coincidence”.“We are hopeful that the government will continue to investigate and will focus on those who participated and facilitated Epstein’s horrifying sex trafficking scheme that damaged so many. The victims await the true justice they have sought and deserve,” she said.Civil rights lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents several alleged victims, called for Epstein’s estate to be held for his accusers. She tweeted: “I am calling today for the administrators of Jeffrey Epstein’s estate to freeze all his assets and hold them for his victims who are filing civil cases. Their lives have been shattered by his sexual assaults, their careers derailed. They deserve full and fair compensation NOW.”On Friday, more than 2,000 pages of documents were unsealed from a 2015 defamation claim in the US by Virginia Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell, settled in 2017. The records contain graphic allegations against Epstein, as well as the transcript of a 2016 deposition of Epstein in which he repeatedly refused to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself.The Associated Press contributed to this report



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Epstein: How he died and what it means for his accusers

Epstein: How he died and what it means for his accusersFinancier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York, officials said Saturday. Epstein was accused of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then sexually abusing them at various locations, including homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and New York from 2002 through 2005. WHO WAS JEFFREY EPSTEIN?



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