Epstein pays three ac­cusers $5.5 mil­lion

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE MUS­GRAVE

End­ing years of spec­u­la­tion about how much Palm Beach bil­lion­aire Jef­frey Epstein paid young women who claimed he used them as sex toys, court doc­u­ments filed last week show he shelled out $5.5 mil­lion to set­tle lawsuits with three of more than two dozen teens who sued him.

Re­spond­ing to re­quests from Epstein’s at­tor­neys in a com­plex law­suit that was spawned by the sex scan­dal, at­tor­ney Bradley Ed­wards said the po­lit­i­cally con­nected 64-year-old con­victed sex of­fender paid more than $1 mil­lion to each of the three women Ed­wards rep­re­sented.

Iden­ti­fied in court papers only by their ini­tials or pseu­do­nyms be­cause of the na­ture of the al­le­ga­tions and their young ages, L.M. was paid $1 mil­lion, E.W. $2 mil­lion and Jane Doe $2.5 mil­lion, Ed­wards said of the set­tle­ments he ne­go­ti­ated with Epstein to end the lawsuits.

Jack Gold­berger, one of Epstein’s crim­i­nal de­fense at­tor­neys, on Tues­day de­clined to com­ment on the rev­e­la­tions, cit­ing con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ments that were part of the set­tle­ments. For the same rea­son, he de­clined to say whether Epstein paid sim­i­lar amounts to set­tle roughly two dozen lawsuits filed by other

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