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DOJ settlement with Larry Nassar victims could benefit Epstein accusers

The FBI’s $139 million settlement with more than 100 victims of disgraced Dr. Larry Nassar sets a precedent that could improve the chances of success for Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers in similar cases. Experts say it is possible.

“I think the Nassar settlement bodes well for Epstein,” said Neema Rahmani, a Los Angeles-based trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor. “It is not easy to seek damages for government inaction.”

The Justice Department last week awarded $138.7 million to settle 139 lawsuits brought by victims who accused the FBI of mishandling sexual assault charges against the disgraced former sports doctor in 2015 and 2016. We agreed to pay USD.

Justice Department settles $138.7 million with Larry Nassar victims over FBI mismanagement of sexual assault charges

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears for final sentencing in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan on February 5, 2018. (Lena Laverty/AFP via Getty Images)

“It is not easy to seek damages for government inaction.”

— Neema Rahmani, former federal prosecutor

“Civil liability against government agencies and employees typically requires an active act, such as police brutality or civil rights violations,” Rahmani added. “The fact that Nassar’s victims were able to obtain nine-figure settlements means that the Epstein plaintiffs will likely follow the same strategy.”

In 2022, the Department of Justice paid a $127.5 million settlement in a lawsuit related to the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

Nicole Parker, a former FBI agent who investigated the Parkland aftermath, said it’s another example of potential benefits for Epstein’s accusers.

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“Like Parkland, it wasn’t sexual in nature, but it sets a precedent,” she told FOX News Digital. “When the FBI drops the ball on these terrible violent crimes, that’s a problem.”

But she added that part of the blame for the Epstein case lies with federal prosecutors who essentially slapped Mr. Epstein on the wrist with sex trafficking charges in 2008. Mr. Epstein spent 13 months in prison, during which time he was released from work and continued to abuse his accused victims.

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Jeffrey Epstein Harvard Sweater

Jeffrey Epstein photographed on September 8, 2004 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Rick Friedman/Rick Friedman Photography/Corbis via Getty Images)

“When the FBI drops the ball on these terrible violent crimes, that’s a problem.”

— Nicole Parker, former FBI agent

Mr. Nassar was convicted, but Mr. Epstein died before he could stand trial. Despite a series of lawsuits against the rich and powerful around him, only his right-hand woman, Ghislaine Maxwell, was criminally convicted. she is attractive

Nassar worked at Michigan State University and was a team doctor at USA Gymnastics in Indianapolis. Several current and former athletes, including Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Maggie Nichols, all testified in a 2021 Senate hearing that the FBI did not respond to the charges against him.

In February, more than a dozen Jane Dawes filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, accusing the FBI of failing to properly investigate the financier’s sex trafficking crimes dating back to the 1990s.

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US gymnasts testify as Senate investigates FBI handling of Larry Nassar investigation

Former U.S. Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney (center) and Simone Biles (right) finish testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Building at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2021. They leave the venue holding hands. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Jeffrey Epstein’s penchant for teenage girls was an open secret in the high society of Palm Beach, Florida, and Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and the FBI ignored him,” Jane Doze said on behalf of 12 people. The lawsuit states:

“Epstein orchestrated an illegal sex-trafficking ring for the elite, and the FBI failed to properly investigate the abuse, interview victims, and conduct criminal investigations, despite credible reports and information. Failed to follow prescribed procedures and failed to provide victim assistance.”

Jeffrey Epstein victim sues FBI for failing to investigate ‘elite sex trafficking ring’

Partially edited evidence photos show various girls at Jeffrey Epstein's Little St. James Island

Partially redacted photo evidence showed various girls at Jeffrey Epstein’s Little St. James Island in 2006. A federal judge has released documents related to a 2017 civil lawsuit filed by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell. (SDNY)

Allegations of child sex trafficking began in 1996, when Epstein’s defendant Maria Farmer told New York City police and the FBI that she and her sister were victims of Epstein and Maxwell, according to the complaint. It had already surfaced. But, according to her complaint, the FBI “‘hanged up’ on her and did nothing to investigate her report.”

Allegations continued to surface until Epstein was arrested in 2005 for having sex with a child prostitute. Even his bank, JPMorgan Chase, recently warned the government about “suspicious transactions.” But that information remained secret for almost 20 years, according to the complaint.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein smile in this undated photo

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein smile in this undated photo. The photo was one of many unearthed during Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial in the Southern District of New York, where she allegedly worked with Epstein to sexually abuse minors. He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2022. (U.S. Department of Justice/Mega)


“The FBI’s repeated failures, delays, and inaction allowed Epstein and others to continue their sex trafficking conspiracy for almost 25 years,” Douz’s lawyers argue.

The FBI has a policy of not commenting on pending litigation.

“While we are satisfied that the FBI did the right thing for Nassar’s victims, the FBI continued to cover up despite Christopher Wray being ordered to do so by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Jeffrey Epstein refuses to accept responsibility for his sexual abuse victims,” ​​said Jordan Marson, one of the attorneys for Epstein’s accusers.

Merson added that while the lawsuit was originally filed on behalf of more than a dozen women, his firm now represents 30 women.

Epstein died in a federal prison cell in New York in 2019 while awaiting trial on additional sex trafficking charges. His death was officially ruled a suicide. His family and some experts say the evidence doesn’t add up.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.