Jeffrey Epstein

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Suit: Billionaire Raped Me at Epstein's Mansion

Cheri Pierson sues Apollo Global Management co-founder Leon Black, Epstein's estate

(Newser) - A woman claims billionaire Leon Black raped her in a "brutal attack" at the Manhattan home of Jeffrey Epstein. In a lawsuit filed Monday, Cheri Pierson says she was "in desperate need of money" when she agreed to massage the co-founder and former CEO of Apollo Global Management...

Women Who Accused Epstein Now Go After Big Banks

They allege JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank facilitated, profited from sex trafficking operations

(Newser) - JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank have each been hit with a lawsuit that claims the banks enabled Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking operations and financially benefited from doing so. The suits, brought by anonymous female plaintiffs who accused Epstein of sex abuse, are seeking class-action status and unspecified damages. The...

Epstein Victim, Dershowitz Issue Joint Statement

Virginia Giuffre admits possible 'mistake in identifying' the celebrity lawyer in sex abuse

(Newser) - Virginia Giuffre, the woman who has long claimed sex abuse by Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew, and Alan Dershowitz, now says she may have "made a mistake" in accusing that third man. "I have long believed that I was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to Alan Dershowitz. However, I was...

Ghislaine Maxwell Speaks in Jailhouse Interviews

She says she pities her 'dear friend' Prince Andrew

(Newser) - As he has fought off allegations of sexual impropriety from years past, Prince Andrew has maintained that he was never close friends with Ghislaine Maxwell . But in one of two jailhouse interviews, Maxwell—now a convicted sex trafficker thanks to her association with Jeffrey Epstein—says quite the opposite. "...

Ghislaine Maxwell Gets 20 Years in Epstein Case

It's far fewer than the 30 to 55 years federal prosecutors sought

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors wanted 30 to 55 years, but Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to far fewer on Tuesday. The jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents, and billionaires was sentenced to 20 years for helping the financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. Defense attorneys wanted a five-year term. That...

Ghislaine Maxwell Could Get 55 Years in Prison

She wants 5 years; prosecutors say her claim of being a scapecoat is 'absurd and offensive'

(Newser) - The "shockingly predatory" Ghislaine Maxwell should be sentenced to 30 years up to the maximum 55 years for helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse four teenage girls over a decade, federal prosecutors write in a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. The 60-year-old played an "instrumental role...

James Patterson Says White Male Writers Face Racism
James Patterson
Quickly Backtracks
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James Patterson Quickly Backtracks

He's sorry he said white male writers face racism

(Newser) - Update: James Patterson is apologizing after a comment he made in a recent interview didn't go over well. "I apologize for saying white male writers having trouble finding work is a form of racism," the author tweeted Tuesday. "I absolutely do not believe that racism is...

Epstein Islands Hit the Market
Epstein's Islands Are for Sale

Epstein's Islands Are for Sale

Retreats where prosecutors say financier abused girls and women are listed at $125M

(Newser) - Two islands where Jeffrey Epstein was accused of sexually assaulting women and girls are for sale. Known as Great St James and Little St. James, the Caribbean islands are listed at $125 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. An attorney for the estate of Epstein, a financier whose 2019 death...

Melinda French Gates: Epstein Gave Me 'Nightmares'

Bill's ex says she hated that her husband met with the man

(Newser) - Melinda French Gates' full interview with Gayle King of CBS Mornings aired Thursday, and it reveals more details about her divorce and her future:
  • Not friends: French Gates said she and Bill have a "working relationship" now, but that's about it. While they are "friendly," they'
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Barclays Holds Back $29M Bonus From Ex-CEO Tied to Epstein

Jes Staley resigned late last year amid an investigation by UK banking regulators

(Newser) - Update: More bad news this week for Jes Staley, as UK banking regulators continue to investigate exactly what his relationship was with the late Jeffrey Epstein. The Guardian reports that Barclays will be holding back up to $29 million in bonus and share payouts to its former CEO, who resigned...

Agent Accused of Aiding Epstein Found Dead in Cell

Jean-Luc Brunel was under investigation in France for rape, human trafficking

(Newser) - A modeling agent accused of being an accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his Paris jail cell Saturday. French prosecutors said that an investigation into the death of Jean-Luc Brunel, 75, had begun, but that early signs suggested it was suicide, the Guardian reports. He had been hanged...

Andrew Settles With Accuser, Slams Epstein in Court Filing

But the prince admits no wrongdoing in case involving Virginia Giuffre

(Newser) - (This file has been updated throughout with new details.) It looks like Prince Andrew won't be going to trial . The prince's lawyer said Tuesday that a settlement has been reached with Virginia Giuffre, the woman who accused Andrew of sexually assaulting her decades ago when she was...

Epstein Paid $500K to Giuffre in Lawsuit

Prince Andrew's accusers say the terms shield him from legal action

(Newser) - The terms of a 2009 settlement between Jeffrey Epstein and an accuser, Virginia Giuffre, have been unsealed by a federal court considering her current sexual abuse lawsuit against Britain's Prince Andrew. The documents show Epstein paid Giuffre $500,000 to drop her suit, the Guardian reports. Under the agreement,...

Judge Says Case Against Prince Andrew Can Continue

Rejects argument regarding Virginia Giuffre's residency

(Newser) - Prince Andrew’s effort to immediately block the progression of a lawsuit by a woman who says he sexually assaulted her when she was 17—on the grounds that she no longer lives in the US— was rejected by a federal judge as oral arguments were set to proceed Monday...

Maxwell Verdict Called a 'Towering Victory'
Maxwell Verdict Called
a 'Towering Victory'
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Maxwell Verdict Called a 'Towering Victory'

Family says they have launched appeal

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on five out of six charges Wednesday, including the most serious, sex trafficking of a minor—and Sigrid McCawley, a lawyer for one of the four accusers who testified, called it a "towering victory" not just for the four, but "for the women...

Maxwell Verdict Is a Chance to End Enabling of Rich Predators

The next move is up to the rest of us, Deborah Tuerkheimer writes

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell's conviction Wednesday was a milestone, Deborah Tuerkheimer writes in an opinion piece in the New York Times , a first during the #MeToo era. And while it demonstrates that those who enable criminals are subject to criminal prosecution themselves, it's only a step, she says. The nation'...

Ghislaine Maxwell Guilty of Sex Trafficking

Jury found her guilty on 5 out of 6 charges

(Newser) - A day after Judge Alison Nathan warned the jury in Ghislaine Maxwell's trial that there was a high risk they would end up in quarantine, they returned with a verdict: Guilty on all but one charge. Maxwell, who turned 60 on Christmas Day, was found guilty of sex trafficking...

As Jury Deliberates, Ghislaine Maxwell Turns 60

British socialite is back in court Monday

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell reached her 60th birthday behind bars Saturday as she awaited the outcome of her sex trafficking trial. The British socialite is scheduled to return to a Manhattan courthouse Monday to await word from a jury entering its third full day of talks after hearing over two dozen witnesses...

Rep Suggests Ghislaine Maxwell 'Too Fragile' to Testify
Defense Rests
Without Testimony
From Maxwell
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Defense Rests Without Testimony From Maxwell

Defendant tells judge prosecution hasn't proven its case

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated with the defense resting its case. Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers wrapped up their case Friday in her New York trial on charges that she helped Jeffrey Epstein recruit and sexually abuse underage girls. The jury did not hear from the defendant, the AP reports....

Final Witness Recounts Nude Massage From Maxwell

Prosecution rests, and defense begins next week

(Newser) - Prosecutors rested their case against Ghislaine Maxwell on Friday much earlier than expected—it took 10 days instead of the expected four weeks, notes the BBC . Her defense team is expected to take no more than a few days after they begin their presentation next week. The big question is...

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