Jeffrey Epstein: Ponzier Made Reckless Sexual Allegations; Judge: Epstein’s Penis Remain Private

Our favorite convicted pedophile is back in the news.

WEST PALM BEACH from www.courthousenews.com – A Palm Beach billionaire convicted of soliciting sex from minors has sued alleged Ponzi scheme operator Scott Rothstein, a disbarred attorney, claiming Rothstein used the sexual indiscretions as a springboard to pursue frivolous molestation suits. Plaintiff Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy money manager disgraced in an underage prostitution scandal, says Rothstein tried to capitalize on the conviction by encouraging clients to fabricate allegations of sexual assault.

Rothstein was arrested in November in connection with an alleged $1.2 billion investment scam. He had been telling investors they could make huge profits by contributing to a fund that bought structured settlement receivables, FBI investigators say.

According to the FBI, Rothstein told the duped investors that his clients wanted their lawsuit settlement cash right away and were willing to sell him the right to receive the structured payments in exchange for a discounted lump sum.

But Rothstein was lying all the while, the FBI says. Investigators say Rothstein never organized the purchase of the receivables, and that many of the settlements he advertised were fake.

Rothstein went so far as to show investors bogus court documents to lure them into the scheme, investigators say.

Among the allegedly phony settlements was a $200 million payout that Rothstein claimed Epstein had arranged for more than 50 victims of sexual assaults and molestation.

In his complaint in Palm Beach County Court, Epstein says that “settlement” was one of Rothstein’s concoctions. Rothstein was simply trying to cash in on the publicity surrounding the solicitation investigation, Epstein says.

Epstein claims that Rothstein lined up a slew of frivolous sexual assault and molestation lawsuits for clients who Epstein says were willing sex workers.

Bradley Edwards, an attorney at Rothstein’s firm and a defendant in Epstein’s complaint, forwarded particularly reckless allegations, Epstein says.

“The evidence is really going to show [that] Epstein … has, every single day of his life, made an attempt to sexually abuse children. We’re not talking about five. We’re not talking about 20. We’re not talking about 400, which I believe is the number known to law enforcement. We’re talking about thousands of children,” Edwards allegedly said in a court proceeding cited in Epstein’s complaint.

These assertions are absurd, Epstein says.

The Palm Beach Police Department’s investigation of Epstein may complicate his case, however.

The police investigation alleges that in 2003, Epstein enlisted a 17-year-old girl to recruit high school classmates to visit him for “massages” at his Palm Beach mansion. Epstein paid the girls $200 to $300 per visit to strip down and massage him while he pleasured himself. The lid was blown off when the youngest of the girls, then 14, told her parents about the escapades.

Epstein’s recruiter and the girls have acknowledged that they knew what to expect, detectives say. According to the investigation, the 17-year-old explained to the girls what would happen in Epstein’s massage room, according to the police report.

Epstein cut a deal with federal agents to plead guilty to procuring minors for prostitution.

When the scandal was publicized, hordes of young women came out of the woodwork accusing Epstein of sexual battery. Many of the resultant cases were dismissed, including that of transgendered model Maximilia Cordero.

Epstein claims that Rothstein’s clients in the cases against him included a self-described prostitute who changed her story repeatedly.

In an early interview with FBI agents, cited in Epstein’s complaint, the prostitute, who admitted to having frequently brought young women to Epstein’s house for sex work, claimed, “Every girl that I brought to Jeffrey … said they were fine with it. … A lot of girls begged me to bring them back for the money, and as far as I know, we all had fun there.”

But Epstein says that after Rothstein recruited her as a client in a sexual assault suit, the prostitute reversed her tone. “Once [the girls] were [at Epstein’s house], they were scared out of their minds. They did it anyways, and some of them walked out and said, ‘Don’t ever do this to me again,'” the woman stated in a deposition.

Epstein demands damages from Rothstein for conspiracy and abuse of process. His lead attorney is Robert Critton Jr.

In other Epstein news: from www.palmbeachpost.com -WEST PALM BEACH — The private parts of convicted billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein will remain private, at least for now.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Donald Hafele this morning rejected a request to let an attorney inspect Epstein’s genitalia as part of a civil lawsuit the lawyer has filed on behalf of one of more than a dozen women who claim they were abused by the high-flying financial manager.

While the request may appeal to the public’s “prurient interests,” Hafele ruled that the alleged odd shape of Epstein’s penis isn’t relevant to the civil case — yet. If it becomes relevant, he said he would reconsider the request.

Attorney Spencer Kuvin argued that he was forced to make the unusual “motion to inspect” because Epstein has refused to answer any questions. When deposed, Epstein has asserted his constitutional right against self-incrimination on every question other than his name, Kuvin said.

The shape of his penis is relevant because one of the young women who claimed she was abused by Epstein at his Palm Beach mansion described his penis as “egg-shaped.” That would be an important identifying characteristic, Kuvin said.

However, attorney Robert Critton, who represents Epstein, said Kuvin’s client, identified only as B.B., hasn’t given a sworn statement in which she describes anything remarkable about Epstein’s genitalia. Until or unless she does, there is no reason to subject Epstein to such an invasion, he said.

“The physiology of Mr. Epstein’s private parts aren’t relevant in any way, shape or form,” he told Hafele.

Further, he said, there is no evidence B.B. ever saw Epstein’s penis. In the lawsuit Kuvin filed, she says he came into the bathroom and kept a wash cloth over his penis while he was massaged.

Epstein was arrested in 2006 and charged with soliciting under-age girls for massages and sex at his Palm Beach mansion. Last year, he pleaded guilty to solicitation of prostitution and procuring teenagers for prostitution. He was released from the Palm Beach County jail in July after serving 13 months of an 18-month sentence.

He now faces 17 civil lawsuits in state and federal court. The women were minors when they claimed they were paid to perform sexual favors for him.

Critton claims the women weren’t coerced or drugged. They came to his mansion of their own volition. Epstein has further claimed he didn’t know they were minors.

Kuvin said there is evidence, such as a high school transcript of one of the women at Epstein’s home, that refutes that claim.

The women are seeking millions in damages. While Kuvin hasn’t said how much he is seeking for his client, he last week asked to be allowed to seek punitive damages. He is also seeking to accuse Epstein of running a criminal enterprise which would allow his client to collect triple damages.

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