Alleged Epstein victims eye civil cases after death ends criminal case: ‘We’re just getting started’

Saturday, August 10, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Carlin Becker
August 10, 2019

Several of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims may pursue civil cases against the alleged sex trafficker after his apparent suicide Saturday morning ended the criminal case against him, according to lawyer Lisa Bloom.

The billionaire was awaiting his trial on charges of child sex trafficking next year. After he reportedly hanged himself in his jail cell, the criminal case against him came to an end as no one else had been charged. An official cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

The alleged victims, however, may still seek financial damages by pursuing civil cases against Epstein’s estate.

“On behalf of the victims I represent, we would have preferred [Jeffrey Epstein] lived to face justice,” the attorney representing some victims said in a statement. “Our civil cases can still proceed against his estate. Victims deserve to be made whole for the lifelong damage he caused. We’re just getting started.”

Bloom doubled down during an appearance on MSNBC Saturday morning, calling on Epstein’s estate to freeze his assets “so his victims can get full and fair compensation for the lifelong injuries he’s caused them.”

“They can still bring a civil case against his estate, and we are on the verge of filing one,” she said. “They deserve compensation.”

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