Accusers won't testify for now against wealthy sex offender: report

None of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers will be able to testify against the wealthy sex offender for now under a last-minute settlement reached Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to state sex charges, served just more than a year in jail and became a registered sex offender, is accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls.

He was in court Tuesday for a civil lawsuit against Bradley Edwards, a former state prosecutor who represents some of his accusers, according to the AP. 


Epstein had claimed Edwards committed legal misdeeds in representing several accusers in a case that would have allowed several of them to testify for the first time, the news service noted.

Epstein's case was pushed into the national spotlight after a Miami Herald investigation revealed that he avoided a possible life term during the initial case in 2008 through a secret deal with federal prosecutors led by now-Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaFlorida sheriff ends work release program criticized over Jeffery Epstein The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by National Association of Manufacturers — Whistleblower complaint roils Washington On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena MORE.

Under that agreement, Epstein was also allowed to leave jail during his 13-month sentence for 12-hour periods six days a week to commute to his private office for work. The agreement was kept secret from his accusers.

A second lawsuit, which is still pending, seeks to invalidate the nonprosecution agreement to send Epstein to federal prison.