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Jeffrey Epstein victims sue FBI, allege coverup

More than a dozen victims of Jeffrey Epstein filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the FBI of covering up a botched investigation of the late financier and allowing sex trafficking to continue for more than two decades.

The victims, who used the pseudonym Jane Doe, said the FBI had received credible information as early as 1996 that Epstein was trafficking young women and girls, but they still interviewed the victims. He said he has not shared what he knows with federal or local law enforcement.

Victims say the FBI finally began investigating in 2006, but closed it two years later after Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in Florida, and ignored tips until his arrest in July 2019. I continued to do so.


Victims of Jeffrey Epstein are suing the FBI, accusing it of covering up a botched investigation into the late financier and allowing sex trafficking to continue for more than 20 years. Reuters

Jeffrey Epstein's mansion on Little St. James Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, July 9, 2019.
Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion on Little St. James Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, July 9, 2019. AP

Epstein committed suicide a month later.

“Plaintiffs should not have continued to be subjected to sex trafficking, abuse, rape, torture, and intimidation as a direct and proximate cause of the FBI’s negligence,” the complaint states.

It added: “Jane Das 1-12 brought this lawsuit to uncover once and for all the FBI’s role in Epstein’s criminal sex trafficking ring.”

The U.S. Department of Justice did not respond to a request for comment.

Wednesday’s complaint, filed in federal court in Manhattan, seeks damages from the U.S. government, the sole defendant.

The newspaper cited FBI Director Christopher Wray being asked at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Dec. 5, 2023, why the FBI didn’t do more.

He promised to “work with the team to see if there is any further information we can provide.”

The number of Epstein’s victims is believed to be well over 100.

Victims have so far received compensation before legal fees and expenses through a program funded by Mr. Epstein’s estate and two of Mr. Epstein’s banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM.N) and Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE). A settlement of approximately $500 million was reached. A new tab will open.

It is unclear whether the 12 plaintiffs received compensation from these settlements.

Their attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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