It’s filled with shocking details that I had not been aware of. Epstein is the serial abuser of underage girls who used to hang with everybody who was anybody, including Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. His lawyers included Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz. (Here is Epstein’s Wikipedia page.)
Many believe his connections got him a sweetheart deal for crimes that should have left him in prison for life. The Herald said it found about 80 women Epstein allegedly molested or sexually abused over a five-year period, and the report charged that even Epstein’s brief state prison time was lax, being housed in a private wing at the Palm Beach County jail and allowed outrageous work release privileges (12 hours per day, 6 days per week) and a private security detail.
Here are some of the juicier quotes:
In the affidavit, Roberts claimed that Epstein and Maxwell directed her to have sex with (Prince) Andrew and (Alan) Dershowitz and others. She had sex with Andrew three times, she alleged — once in London, when she was 17, again in New York, when she was 17, and a third time, as part of an orgy on Epstein’s island, when she was 18. By law, at 17, she would have been above the age of consent in New York and England, but not in Florida, where the age of consent is 18. As part of the affidavit, Roberts furnished a photograph of her with the prince and Maxwell, which she said was taken in London.
Dershowitz, who was part of Epstein’s criminal defense team, was often a guest at Epstein’s homes, she said. “I had sexual intercourse with Dershowitz at least six times,’’ Roberts wrote in the 2015 court affidavit. “The first time was when I was about 16, early on in my servitude to Epstein and it continued until I was 19.’’ She detailed some of those trysts, which she said happened at Epstein’s homes in Palm Beach, New Mexico and on Epstein’s island. One of Epstein’s housemen, Juan Alessi, testified in a 2009 sworn deposition that Dershowitz visited Epstein’s Palm Beach home four or five times a year.
Perhaps most outrageous of all: The prosecutor who gave Epstein his outrageously lenient sentence is now Trump’s Secretary of Labor. Some of the current lawsuits involving the case are against Secretary Acosta. The women argue Acosta and other federal prosecutors broke the law in their handling of the case.