As reported by Vox Aug. 26, 2019:
Now that Jeffrey Epstein is dead, the many women who have accused him of sexual abuse will not get the opportunity to face him in court.
But they may still have a chance for restitution. Even though Epstein will not stand trial for the sex trafficking charges he was facing when he died, several of his accusers are pursuing civil action. One woman, who filed suit this week against Epstein’s estate, says that in addition to sexually abusing her, Epstein forced her to marry one of his female associates, a non-US citizen, so she could stay in the country.
Epstein signed a will two days before he died, leaving his $577 million estate in a trust. But according to the New York Times, the lawsuits against Epstein’s estate may have to be resolved before any beneficiaries get money from the will.
Authorities in New York are continuing to investigate Epstein’s case and could be looking at charges against potential co-conspirators. And the FBI is investigating how authorities at a Manhattan jail allowed Epstein to die by suicide, even though he had been placed on suicide watch several days prior. In late August, subpoenas were sent to correctional officers at the jail where he died, according to CNN. Meanwhile, French authorities have opened their own preliminary investigation into the allegations against Epstein, focusing on possible crimes committed in France or against French citizens.
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