Back in the United States, 16 accusers of deceased serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein appeared in a New York City federal court Tuesday to describe their experiences of sexual abuse at Epstein’s hands. Jeffrey Epstein was represented by an empty chair next to three of his lawyers. Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell earlier this month of an apparent suicide, and prosecutors requested charges against him be dropped, but U.S. District Judge Richard Berman decided to allow survivors of Epstein’s abuse to testify against him. This is attorney Gloria Allred, speaking outside the courthouse.
Gloria Allred: “It took a lot of courage for them to write the statements and to have their voice heard, and I really commend them for being here, because Jeffrey Epstein’s death, whether it was a suicide or murder, does not end the case, does not end their fight for justice. It does not end their feeling that they were manipulated and victimized and that they were child victims of Mr. Epstein. So, today they spoke truth to power. They spoke truth to what happened to them.”