Trump Was Named As Co-Defendant In a Federal Lawsuit Alleging He And Epstein Raped An Underage Girl
On Saturday, money manager Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in New Jersey and charged with sex trafficking, in connection with allegations that he recruited young girls for abuse at his homes in New York and Palm Beach.
Epstein, who is friends with President Donald Trump, has been accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, bringing them to his home for massages during which he had intercourse with them. He was indicted in 2007, but as Julie K. Brown reported at the Miami Herald, he ultimately got just 13 months in a county jail, thanks to a deal signed by Alexander Acosta, then the US attorney for Miami and now President Trump’s secretary of labor.
Because he has been able to avoid harsh punishment and minimize publicity around the details of his case, Epstein has also been able to keep details about anyone else who may have been involved out of the public eye.
But now, the women who say Epstein abused them may get their day in court — and the web of power and influence that protected Epstein and those close to him from scrutiny may finally begin to unravel.
Enter Donald Trump.
President Trump has publicly acknowledged that he knew Epstein and was aware of the investor’s interest in “younger” women.
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump told New York Magazine back in 2002. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
But Trump has been eerily silent on the case, and for a good reason.
A federal lawsuit filed in California in April 2016 accuses Trump and Epstein of sexually assaulting a by a 13-year-old girl at a series of parties at Epstein’s Manhattan home in 1994. The suit was dismissed by a federal judge in May 2016 because it did not raise valid claims under federal law. The woman filed another federal suit in New York in June 2016, but it was mysteriously withdrawn three months later, without even being served on the defendants.
A third federal suit was filed in New York in September 2016. The two latter suits included affidavits by an anonymous witness who attested to the accusations in the suits, and a person who declared the plaintiff had told her about the assaults at the time they occurred.
The plaintiff, who had filed anonymously as Jane Doe, was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles press conference six days before the 2016 election, but abruptly canceled the event; her lawyer Lisa Bloom asserted that the woman had received threats.
Trump attorney Alan Garten denied the allegations, while Epstein declined to comment.
Legal experts say the lawsuit will likely be reinstated and Trump could be dragged to court to testify.
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