Top Democrats are calling for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to resign over the way he handled the prosecution of multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago.
Best-selling author James Patterson - who wrote "Filthy Rich: The Billionaire's Sex Scandal-The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein" - told Fox News on Tuesday that then-private citizen Donald Trump threw alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein out of Mar-a-Lago after he was notified about complaints being made against Epstein.
Epstein's case drew renewed attention earlier this year after a Miami Herald report highlighted the plea deal and victims' ongoing struggle for justice.
"We live in a different world; today's world does not allow some of the victim shaming that would have taken place at trial 12 years ago", Acosta said. In a court appearance, Epstein pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The officials spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending case. Epstein has pleaded not guilty. In February, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the agreement between Acosta and Epstein violated the victims' rights.
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U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta makes a statement on his involvement in a non-prosecution agreement with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who has now been charged with sex trafficking in underage girls, during a news conference at the Labor Department in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2019.
The women said they hoped Epstein this time stays behind bars permanently. But Trump added that "there were a lot of people involved in that decision, not just him". "No jail time. Nothing". Federal prosecutors say, essentially, a deal's a deal and the agreement must stand. "He has enormous wealth and the charges are very serious".
Epstein has pleaded not guilty to recent NY charges.
In his comments Tuesday, Trump sought to distance himself from Epstein, with whom he had often socialized in Palm Beach.
On Monday, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced the indictment of Epstein, 66, on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges stemming from at least some of the same conduct that was covered in the agreement over a decade ago.
"If he were immunized for the same exact crime that he committed here, even though there's nothing legal preventing him from being prosecuted here, it's certainly a great deviation from the norm", said Maimin, now a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP.
She says after months of massages, he forcibly raped her in 2002.
Epstein has not been charged with assaulting Araoz, but he could face additional state or federal charges as victims like her come forward with new allegations.
President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday he had a falling out with admitted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein "a long time ago".
Jennifer Araoz (Uh-ROHS') said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show she hasn't spoken to authorities about her allegations against the wealthy financier because she feared retribution. They also say the Florida case must continue to achieve justice there despite the filing of charges against Epstein in NY.
Schumer also called on Trump to explain his past relationship with Epstein.
Now grown up, the women plan to attend the latest appearance of Epstein in Manhattan Federal Court on charges of allegedly sex trafficking in minors.
Laufer and other lawyers said they believed that high-profile defendants such as Epstein enjoyed better protections than most, in part because prison officials are mindful of the embarrassment that harm to a well-known inmate could bring.