By The Shiny Sheet. A long-awaited-for trial that promises a first-ever exploration of the sexual misdeeds of billionaire convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is expected to begin Dec. 4 in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.
During a two-hour hearing on Wednesday, Circuit Judge Donald Hafele dispensed with a series of routine motions filed by attorneys representing Epstein and those representing his longtime nemesis, lawyer Bradley Edwards. . .
However, the money manager who counts President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew among his friends has no plans to be there, his attorneys said.
After Epstein paid $5.5 million to settle the three lawsuits and undisclosed amounts to settle dozens of others, he sued Edwards and his former boss, disbarred lawyer and convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. Epstein claimed Rothstein and Edwards used the cases they filed against him to lure investors into the $1.2 million Ponzi scheme. Investors were lured by tales of bogus settlements of various lawsuits filed against high-profile people.
After Rothstein was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison, Epstein dropped the lawsuit. Edwards responded by suing Epstein for malicious prosecution to clear his reputation. Epstein knew Edwards wasn’t part of Rothstein’s scheme but sued him to punish him for representing the young women, Scarola claims. (Read more from “Going to Trial This Year: Lawsuit Seeks to Expose Billionaire’s Pedophile Ring Involving U.S. Politicians, Other World Leaders” HERE)
Investors Claim Jeffrey Epstein Built $473m Ponzi Scheme
By Dave Simpson. Shareholders filed a putative class action against financier, billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in New York federal court on Tuesday for his alleged role in developing and executing a $473 million Ponzi scheme for which Steven Hoffenberg was convicted in 1997.
Hoffenberg signed an affidavit in a separate New York state court case last week, laying out all of Epstein’s alleged involvement in the scheme that landed Hoffenberg in prison. (Read more from “Investors Claim Jeffrey Epstein Built $473m Ponzi Scheme” HERE)