Several plaintiffs have filed a civil lawsuit against the United States government under the “Crime Victims’ Rights Act” claiming that prosecutors violated their rights by secretly cutting a sweetheart deal in a criminal case involving Jeffrey Epstein. Additional women are claiming that they are victims in the case as well and have formally moved the federal court for leave to join the suit. Several acquaintances of Epstein have been linked to the case through the paperwork filed in the lawsuit including Prince Andrew, Duke of York (54), Bill Clinton (68) and Alan Dershowitz (76). All of the men have denied any wrongdoing.
Last week, Virginia Roberts, one of the women trying to join the lawsuit, swore under oath that she had sex with Dershowitz when she was about 16 at the home of Epstein in New York where she called him “Alan”; at the Epstein home in Palm Beach, where he instructed her to have oral and sexual intercourse; at the Epstein ranch in New Mexico, where the pool was still being painted; at Little St James Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands; and on Epstein’s plane. Dershowitz denies the allegations are claiming that he “has never met her” and that he doesn’t “know who she is.”
As part of her declaration filed with the court on January 21, 2015, Roberts said she loved animals as a child, “but her life took a very different turn when adults began to be interested in having sex with me.”
COMMENT: Without question, these allegations could be false. It is easy to make such claims, mainly when so much time has passed since the claimed acts took place. The suit has been brought in part because the government allowed Epstein to plead guilty in state court in exchange for dropping the federal charges. The high profile targets seem to be most relevant to show how bad a guy Epstein was and how he was undeserving of the good deal given to him. However, Roberts has made her claims under oath. Her lawyers would like to have everyone else under oath as well. All of the targets should provide sworn statements as soon as possible knowing that they commit a felony if they do not tell the truth.
UPDATE: April 7, 2015
JUDGE DENIES JOINER REQUEST
Two unnamed victims, Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 sought to prosecute a claim under CVRA claiming that the government failed to consult with them before negotiating a non-prosecution agreement with Jeffrey Epstein who subjected them to various sexual crimes while they were minors. Later, two other unnamed victims, Jane Doe 3 and 4 sought to join the action, and in doing so, Jane Doe 3 alleged that she could prove that a non-party introduced her to Mr. Epstein and that Epstein sexually trafficked her to numerous prominent American politicians, influential business executives, foreign dignitaries, and people like Alan Dershowitz. The court denied the joinder request and struck most of these alleged controversial factual allegations and determined that it was unnecessary for Jane Doe 3 and 4 to proceed as parties in the action, in part, because they could always be called as fact witnesses in the existing lawsuit filed by Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2. In an Order issued by the court, the parties were cautioned that all fact witnesses must offer “relevant, admissible, and non-cumulative testimony.”