One of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers has urged other women to come forward with allegations against the wealthy financier as US federal authorities prosecute him on sex charges.
Courtney Wild told reporters at a news conference in New York that Epstein “will never stop sexually abusing children until he is in jail”.
“We will not get justice until you speak out,” she said, addressing anyone who believes they have been abused by Epstein. “You are not alone, and this was not your fault.”
Ms Wild’s remarks came a day after she appeared in Manhattan federal court and urged a judge to deny Epstein bail. She said Epstein started sexually abusing her when she was 14 in Palm Beach, Florida.
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Epstein has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and sex trafficking charges brought by the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. Ms Wild’s accusations are not part of that indictment.
Epstein’s lawyers have argued that the new charges should not have been filed because he signed a non-prosecution agreement with the US Attorney’s Office in Miami more than a decade ago.
Ms Wild’s lawyer, Brad Edwards, said his client was first identified as a victim of Epstein in 2005 but was not consulted about the once-secret non-prosecution deal that allowed Epstein to plead guilty to lesser state charges.
He said he was surprised by Epstein’s recent arrest.
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