Billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s underage sex trafficking indictment unsealed

Former US President Bill Clinton reportedly traveled on Epstein's private plane during the 1990's

Former US President Bill Clinton reportedly traveled on Epstein's private plane during the 1990's

Eleven years ago, Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta - now President Donald Trump's labor secretary - approved an extraordinary secret agreement in which Epstein pleaded guilty to lesser state charges rather than face much tougher federal prosecution on charges he sexually abused underage girls at his homes in Florida and NY from 2002 through 2005.

Epstein's case drew renewed attention earlier this year after the Miami Herald reported the plea deal and his alleged victims' ongoing struggle for justice amid the #MeToo movement that has unveiled sexual abuse and harassment by powerful men.

He says that Epstein had this star defense team that was very aggressive.

"We live in a different world; today's world does not allow some of the victim shaming that would have taken place at trial 12 years ago", Acosta said.

Under the deal, he pleaded guilty to a state charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor and served 13 months in a county jail.

A handful of other prominent Democrats have begun calling for Acosta's resignation over how he handled the case against Epstein, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On Monday, Weingarten told the court that the government is "seeking two bites at the apple", adding that "for due process reasons, double jeopardy reasons, we don't think that will stand".

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, 50, was serving as a federal prosecutor in Florida when his office entered into the controversial plea agreement with lawyers for financier Jeffrey Epstein.

She told reporters Tuesday that it was "no surprise" Trump was standing by Acosta. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private talks. He has pleaded not guilty. Federal prosecutors have said he is a flight risk because of his wealth and worldwide ties. He is being criticized for his part in a secret 2008 plea deal that let Epstein avoid federal prosecution on charges that he molested teenage girls. But it appears to be based on the same time period that Acosta was looking at in Florida and the same type of conduct. He allegedly paid hundreds of dollars in cash to girls as young as 14 to have sex with him at his Upper East Side home and his estate in Palm Beach, and paid some of his victims to recruit other girls for him to abuse. "No jail time. Nothing". "He has enormous wealth and the charges are very serious". He also welcomed the new case against Epstein, revealed in an unsealed indictment on Monday. And again, it was a decision made, I think, not by him but by a lot of people.

Messages left for Edwards, as well as Epstein's criminal lawyer, Reid Weingarten, were not immediately returned.

Clinton's press secretary Angel Ureña said in a statement on Monday that Clinton "knows nothing about the bad crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or with those which he has been recently charged in NY".

"If he were immunized for the same exact crime that he committed here, even though there's nothing legal preventing him from being prosecuted here, it's certainly a great deviation from the norm", said Maimin, now a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

Jennifer Araoz (Uh-ROHS') said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show she hasn't spoken to authorities about her allegations against the wealthy financier because she feared retribution.

She downplayed his role in the case, saying the focus should be on Epstein. She says he "forcefully raped" her when she was 15 despite her pleas asking him to stop.

Epstein was also a campaign donor to the Clintons, a friend of fellow billionaire Richard Branson, singer Courtney Love and hosted Mr Trump at his Manhattan apartment.

"Jeffrey Epstein should have been behind bars years ago as a serial sex trafficker of children".