An alleged victim of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein whose testimony was central to Epstein’s 2019 indictment in New York, was known to federal authorities 11 years prior, ABC News reported on Thursday.
H/T: National Review
“I certainly think with the FBI’s capabilities, even back then, that they could have unraveled the entire network from New York to Paris to New Mexico,” attorney Spencer Kuvin, who represented several of Epstein’s alleged victims in 2008, told ABC.
“The potential was always there. [Authorities] shut this thing down and pled this thing out before going through and talking to probably more than half of the women that were involved in this whole thing,” he explained. “Had they conducted a full investigation and taken their time, this would’ve been a whole different story.”
Epstein survivor, Maria Farmer began working for him shortly after the two met in 1995. She said he assaulted her at his home in Ohio and that she reported him to authorities afterward. Watch her describe working in his NYC townhouse below.
More than a decade ago, Epstein was investigated by local and federal authorities in Florida for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls. But despite what appeared to be overwhelming evidence of a horrifying pattern of abuse, Epstein managed to escape all but minor charges, striking a sweetheart deal with the government that required him to spend just 13 months in jail while granting him and his alleged co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution.
Listen to “Ep. 8: The Sweetheart Deal” of the ABC News podcast Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein below.