Damning new documents released in the sex-trafficking case againsthave shed new light on the fight against the high-profile pedophile. Further details about the feds’ decision not to pursue charges against Jeffrey Epstein in 2016 – when several lawyers warned he might still be abusing girls.
Documents released in the sex-trafficking case against the late millionaire pedophile’s pal,, on Friday show that lawyers for one of his accusers, Virginia Giuffre, told prosecutors at the time that the British socialite took sexually explicit photos of the younger woman regularly and even gave one to Epstein for his birthday — when Virginia was 16. , the discussion came between a New York assistant US attorney and a trio of lawyers representing Ms. Giuffre.
At the time, Epstein had alreadyto state prostitution charges in Florida in 2007 but escaped related federal sex-trafficking charges through a controversial non-prosecution agreement. In the meeting, Ms. Giuffre’s lawyers detailed a range of accusations against Epstein and Maxwell, including the alleged underage nude birthday photo, according to notes taken by the prosecutor, which were included in the documents.
After the meeting – which was held in a Lower– the prosecutor, who is identified as “AK”, spoke to the head of the criminal division for the Southern District of New York about the possibility of pursuing charges against Epstein. “One thing that leaned in favor of taking action was that one of the lawyers … said that FBI agents in the Florida case were not happy with the result and how the case was resolved,” the prosecutor later recalled, according to the documents.
“That concerned AK because experienced FBI agents in this area usually, in AK’s experience, make collaborative decisions with the US (Attorney’s Office),” the documents state. After speaking with the head of the criminal division, the prosecutor decided to call a higher-up in the FBI to ask him to ask the Florida agents if they felt “justice had not been served”. The FBI honcho did not respond — and the prosecutor “took the radio silence to mean that the FBI agents in Florida did not express dissatisfaction”, according to the documents.
No investigation was launched in 2016 – and Epstein remained free until a series of damning articlesabuse in the Miami Herald again placed him on the feds’ radar. He was died by suicide in a lower Manhattan jail cell. Maxwell was arrested for allegedly grooming and sex-trafficking underage girls for Epstein to abuse in the 1990s and early 2000s. She maintains her innocence. The documents unsealed Friday were included in legal briefs filed by federal authorities who argued against several of Maxwell’s pre-trial motions in her Manhattan federal court .