A lawyer for several purported victims of registered sex offender and alleged billionaire child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Brad Edwards, said Tuesday that the notorious American financier had "improper sexual contact" with "female visitors" while he was on work release during earlier jail time, local media reported.
Federal prosecutors say Epstein, 66, should be denied bail because there are no conditions under which a man with his money and worldwide connections could be prevented from fleeing the country if he was released.
"It was not for some business arrangement and it was for, if you're in jail, improper sexual conduct", said Edwards, who declined to identify the woman.
Judge Richard Berman, who was expected to decide the matter Thursday, said a document submitted to the court by Epstein's defence team assessed his fortune to be more than US$500 million.
At the time, he had pleaded guilty to drawl solicitation prices rather than face stricter human trafficking prices on allegations that he had sexually abused dozens of younger girls at his Palm Beach, Florida, property.
In a letter sent to Judge Berman on Tuesday, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman (no relation) wrote that the government is trying to find out how Epstein obtained the foreign passport and whether it is genuine or fabricated.
Judge Berman is expected to rule Thursday on whether Epstein, 66, should be detained until trial on charges that he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls in NY and Florida in the early 2000s. Epstein also owns a townhouse in Manhattan that was previously owned by Wexner.
A prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller, on Monday told the judge that a search of Epstein's home uncovered nude images of underage girls, including at least one who claimed to be among the financier's victims.
Epstein in 2008 reached a clandestine plea deal to end a federal sex abuse investigation, pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida and served 13 months in jail.
On July 6, Epstein was arrested on the charges of one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors between 2002 and 2005, according to court documents released by the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of NY. Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to keep him in jail as his case proceeds because they suspect he is a flight risk. "But let me assure you that I was NEVER aware of the illegal activity charged in the indictment", he said in the letter.
"If you have already made the decision to come forward, thank you".
"As long as the victims speak up", Wild says, "he won't get away with it this time". "You is doubtless to be now not alone, and this modified into now not your fault".
Alexander Acosta, who handled the 2008 case as US attorney for the Southern District of Florida, resigned as secretary of labor under President Donald Trump amid fresh outrage over that plea deal.
Epstein wore a navy blue prison uniform to Monday's hearing, where he was flanked by his lawyers.