WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Moments before the jury selection was scheduled to begin on Tuesday in a lawsuit that was to include testimony on charges of violence allegedly suffered by billionaire criminal Jeffrey Epstein, the case was closed, ending at nearly a decade of legal wrangling between Epstein and a lawyer who represents women. Epstein, 65, who has ties to President Trump and former President Bill Clinton, was the focus of the case here in Florida, where he allegedly molested dozens of girls in his Palm Beach mansion. while they were teenagers. Epstein was suing lawyer Bradley Edwards, alleging that Edwards had helped to spawn false accusations as part of a fundraising program. On Tuesday, Epstein apologized for the "false and hurtful allegations" that he had made against Edwards. Epstein was not present in court and did not apologize directly to the women represented by Edwards. But Edwards said women, now in their twenties and early thirties, can console themselves in the aftermath of the case. "It does not only justify me; it justifies them and their credibility, "said Edwards. [Palm Beach had potential to reveal details of billionaire’s alleged abuse of teen girls]
Jeffrey Epstein, showing in a July 2006 file a photo provided by the Palm Beach sheriff's office. Epstein, a talented financier with ties to the country's ruling elite, pleaded guilty in 2008 to a crime of congratulations to underage girls. He was sentenced to 13 months in prison, which gave him a lot of freedom. prison cell during the day. Although Epstein was held responsible at the state level, his accusers have long argued that the sentence was light and that federal charges – which were not pursued in the United States at that time – # 39; era. The lawyer Alexander Acosta – should not have broken down. Jack Scarola, an Edwards lawyer, on Tuesday described the outcome of the criminal case as "a dubious treaty of advocacy" that failed to do justice.[[[[Acosta, union candidate, has reached an agreement with a billionaire guilty of sexual abuse]The development Tuesday ended what was supposed to be a 10-day trial with potentially revealing information about Epstein's alleged abuses. But the tragedy is not over: Edwards and Scarola are still trying to overturn Acosta's non-suit agreement and promise to make sure women talk openly about what happened. "In this case, so many victims who will testify will be able to testify," said Edwards. "The number identified by the American lawyer is 36 to 40 women. There is more. It depends on where you want to go. The operation involved recruiting underage women and then recruiting them by other women. Epstein's excuses, read by his lawyer, Scott Link, explain that his lawsuit against Edwards was an attempt to thwart Edwards' efforts to continue his actions. "Despite my efforts, he continued to do a great job for his clients and, thanks to his relentless pursuit, kept me responsible," Epstein said in a statement. "I admit now that I was wrong and that what I said in an attempt to damage Mr. Edwards' reputation as a litigator was false." Tuesday's agreement also includes a non-financial settlement. disclosed. Epstein's case also drew attention to Acosta, who was the American lawyer in Miami at the time of the lawsuits. The agreement reached between Acosta, now Secretary of Labor of President Trump, ended the previous federal procedure and kept most details of the charges against Epstein confidential for years. A recent Miami Herald investigation into Epstein's criminal case has led some lawmakers, including Democrat Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach, to request an investigation into Acosta's alleged violation of practices or procedures when signed the agreement. Acosta was introduced as a possible successor to Jeff Sessions, ousted Attorney General. "Obviously, a legislative committee has much more investigative power than ours in a trial," Scarola said. "We hope this will lead to answers about how such a situation could have occurred." Epstein's lawyer could not be contacted for comment. Epstein owns an island in the Caribbean and has homes in Palm Beach and New York. While he was accused of assaulting teenage girls more than ten years ago, he attended parties in Mar-a-Lago and Trump took his private plane at least once. As part of his conviction in 2008, Epstein must register as a sex offender. Scarola and Edwards have stated that the #MeToo movement has helped encourage their customers to express themselves. Scarola said that what "Epstein" had done to his child victims was heinous "and that Epstein had settled the case because he did not want their stories to be told in open court . "The worst thing that could happen to him from his point of view was a protracted trial, where there would be news every day about the seriousness of his conduct," Scarola said. Rozsa is a freelance journalist based in Florida and a regular contributor to the Washington Post. .