Jeffrey Epstein supplied his $77m Manhattan mansion as a part of a bond to safe bail in a courtroom movement on Thursday that previewed how his attorneys will struggle federal intercourse trafficking costs in opposition to the cash supervisor.
Mr Epstein is presently in jail after his arrest final weekend on costs that he allegedly trafficked and sexually abused underage ladies between 2002 and 2005. He pleaded not responsible to the costs in an preliminary listening to on Monday.
The case introduced by the Manhattan US legal professional’s workplace got here greater than a decade after a controversial plea deal in Miami that prevented a federal indictment on the time. In 2008, he pleaded responsible to state prostitution offences.
Within the submitting on Thursday, Mr Epstein’s attorneys argued that he posed no hazard to the group and stated prosecutors had alleged no misconduct since 2005.
“Any hazard that Mr. Epstein could have as soon as posed to the group has lengthy since abated,” stated the attorneys, Reid Weingarten, Martin Weinberg and Marc Allan Fernich.
Mr Epstein supplied a “substantial” bond secured by a $77m mortgage on his Manhattan mansion, in addition to dwelling detention within the residence. He requested to file details about his funds beneath seal to permit the courtroom to determine the bond quantity.
Prosecutors earlier this week urged the decide overseeing the case, Richard Berman, to maintain the 66-year-old financier in jail pending his trial, pointing to his wealth and entry to 2 non-public jets as proof that he might flee the nation.
Mr Epstein’s attorneys previewed two key parts of their defence within the submitting. They argued that the non-prosecution settlement struck in 2007 by Alexander Acosta, the US labour secretary who was then the US legal professional in Miami, barred the brand new indictment.
In addition they stated the alleged conduct didn’t quantity to trafficking, arguing that there have been no claims he “trafficked anyone for business revenue; that he compelled, coerced, defrauded, or enslaved anyone”.
“The principal conduct underlying the indictment is Mr. Epstein’s fee of cash for massages that purportedly escalated to alleged intercourse acts,” they wrote, likening it to “client or purchaser behaviour”.