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From the Palm Beach Daily News: http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com:
Settlement reached in Epstein case; Frankel urges probe of Acosta
By Jane Musgrave Posted at 10:06 AM Updated at 11:05 AM
WEST PALM BEACH — Moments before jury selection was to begin in what promised to be a salacious trial [1] plumbing the misdeeds of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, both sides announced a settlement had been reached, negating the need for the much-anticipated three-week trial [2].

While the terms of the monetary settlement were confidential [3], as part of the accord, Epstein apologized for filing a lawsuit against attorney Bradley Edwards. In the lawsuit, Epstein accused the Fort Lauderdale lawyer of trumping up allegations that he had sexually assaulted young women at his Palm Beach mansion.

Epstein accusers to get day in court: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20181130/epstein-sex-abuse-accusers-to-get-their-day-in-court

Epstein paid $5.5 million to settle the claims against three of the young women Edwards represented and eventually dropped the suit against Edwards. But, Edwards turned the tables on Epstein, filing a malicious prosecution lawsuit against the 65-year-old wildly successful money manager. That was the lawsuit that was to be decided by a Palm Beach County Circuit Court jury.

In the apology that was read aloud in court, Epstein admitted he sued Edwards because the lawsuits the attorney filed on behalf of the young women were “troublesome for me.”

“The lawsuit I filed was my unreasonable attempt to damage his business reputation and cause Mr. Edwards to stop pursuing cases against me,” attorney Scott Link said on behalf of Epstein, who was not in the courtroom. “It did not work.”

Epstein paid three women $5.5 million to end underage-sex lawsuits: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime–law/epstein-paid-three-women-million-end-underage-sex-lawsuits/8GEJk4YYa2X4ffig4HAqyJ/

Epstein, who spends most of his time on his private island in the Virgin Islands or at his New York penthouse apartment, said what he did was wrong.

“I am now admitting that I was wrong and that the things I said to try to harm Mr. Edwards reputation as a trial lawyer were false,” he said in the statement. “I sincerely apologize for the false and hurtful allegations I made and hope some forgiveness for my acknowledgement of wrongdoing.”

But Edwards and his attorney, Jack Scarola, said the saga that began in 2009 is far from over.

Edwards said he will continue to pursue a lawsuit now pending in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach, accusing federal prosecutors of violating the federal Crime Victims Rights Act by signing off on agreement that allowed Epstein to escape federal prosecution.

The so-called non-prosecution agreement allowed Epstein to plead guilty to two state charges — procuring a minor for prostitution and solicitation of prostitution. Epstein served 13 months of an 18-month sentence in a vacant wing of the county stockade — a cell he was allowed to leave during the day so he could continue to work.

Federal judge Kenneth Marra has been considering claims by Edwards that prosecutors signed off on the sweetheart deal without first telling victims, as required by the federal act. Federal prosecutors, including former South Florida U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who is now U.S. Labor secretary, claim they wanted to make sure Epstein would pay his victims and feared he would escape any punishment without the deal.

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and 11 House members sent a letter requesting an inspector general investigation into why Acosta agreed to the much-criticized plea deal for Epstein.
[1] https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime–law/breaking-feds-explain-sweet-deal-for-billionaire-sex-offender-epstein/nN5WTmFcZRaRXzHZSYWtLP/
[2] https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20181130/epstein-sex-abuse-accusers-to-get-their-day-in-court
[3] https://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/crime–law/fight-reopen-teen-sex-case-against-jeff-epstein-may-set-precedent/hxt8lQgkABEc59vrbz8teK/
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