FBI workers experienced” batches of cash ,” dozens of diamonds and an expired foreign passport in Jeffrey Epstein‘s safe when they attacked his Manhattan mansion last week, prosecutors divulged Monday.
The passport was issued in the 1980 s and caused a residency of Saudi Arabia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said. It was not issued under Epstein’s name but did have what appeared to be a photo of him.
The safe’s materials were disclosed during a indemnity hearing at which prosecutors–and accusers–argued that Epstein is a flight probability and should be kept locked up until his sex-trafficking trial.
” I was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein go at age 14 ,” accuser Courtney Wild told the court.” I would just like special courts to not to grant him bond, just for the safety of any other girls out there. He is a creepy person to have walking the streets .”
Another woman, Annie Farmer, said she was 16 when she convened Epstein and he flew her to New Mexico.” He was inappropriate with me ,” she said.
Farmer &# x27; s older sister, Maria, claimed in an declaration in April that Epstein had abused her underage sister in New Mexico and too alleged Epstein and his alleged madam, socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, of raping her at billionaire Les Wexner &# x27; s Ohio Mansion. The retail mogul Wexner is Epstein &# x27; s only known buyer. He did not respond to Maria Farmer’s allegations.
Journalist Vicky Ward has said that the Farmer sisters and their mother tried to warn about Epstein’s sex predations in 2003 for her now-famous profileof the speculator for Vanity Fair , but that writer Graydon Carter trimmed the allegations from the final case.( Carter has claimed that he didn &# x27; t “have confidence” in Ward &# x27; s reporting at the time .)
Epstein, 66, ogling fatigued and wearing navy-blue jail garb, looked blankly ahead for most of the hearing.
He has been held at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan since his July 6 arrest but has asked to be released and put on house arrest with armed patrols and surveillance.
Prosecutors said that was inadequate to make sure he would not skip town.
” The accused is asking for special treatment to build his own penitentiary ,” Rossmiller told the court, adding that Epstein has ” vast assets and every incentive in the world to use those resources .”
Bank reports both governments came last week show Epstein has $110 million in a single account–and another $400 million in many confines, Rossmiller noted.
A federal probation power agrees with lawyers that Epstein should be detained, but U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said he has not decided whether to grant bail and won’t announce a rule until Thursday.
He told the defense he is not satisfied with the financial information that Epstein filed under seal, which amounted to” less than a sheet ,” and is inclined to make it public.
Epstein’s crew said the bail submission was ” admittedly bumpy .” But, lawyer Martin Weinberg included,” Let me be deadened, whatever bond you demand Mr. Epstein to sign … he will sign. He perfectly intends to appear .”
To bolster his argument that Epstein should be allowed to await trial on house arrest in what attorneys referred to as his” gilded enclose ,” Weinberg plunged their lists of two of the most important fiscal rogues in modern U.S. history who got bail: Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and Enron felon Jeffrey Skilling.
” He’s not an out-of-control rapist ,” Weinberg said of his client.
” How do you know that ?” Judge Berman retorted.
Monday’s hearing followed a flurry of filings in which Epstein’s defense team and “prosecutors ” dueled over whether the filthy-rich financier would go on the lam if he was released.
The government argued that Epstein’s international connections and asset entailed it would be easy for him to get beyond the limb of the law.
Even if he didn’t turn fugitive, prosecutors disagreed, Epstein has a history of witness-tampering, including wiring $350,000 late last year to two alleged accomplice after the Miami Herald wrote its exposure on his Florida plea deal.
Epstein’s advocates, on the other hand, have alleged that the indictment unsealed last week is so flimsy that their consumer, who pleaded not guilty, has no reason not to fight the charges.
” You don’t punish first and have a trial second ,” Weinberg told the judge.
Epstein has offered up a bail package that included forearmed wards and surveillance cameras, a GPS ankle monitor, and a “trustee” who would live in the seven-story mansion and report back to the feds.
Epstein had just returned from France–where he has a luxury apartment on one of the showiest superhighways in Paris–when the FBI swooped down a week ago and arrested him at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Two days later, an indictment charging him with sex-trafficking and conspiracy was unsealed, disclose the allegations that the former prep-school math teacher had paid dozens of daughters for massages that turned sex and turned some of them into recruiters. Experts also detected hundreds of nude and semi-nude photos they believe include minors.
The charges were not new. More than ten years ago, jurisdictions in Florida analyse Epstein for the very same thing, but U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta signed off on a sweetheart distribute that allowed him to plead guilty to a country prostitution accusation. He helped 13 months of an 18 -month-sentence in jail, while being allowed to leave for several hours during the day on handiwork secrete.
The Miami Herald investigations conducted by that plea cope, together with disputes by accusers, facilitated amp up the pressure on Epstein, and the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan launched a new probe, which culminated in the indictment and arrest authorize earlier this month.
Those counsels have left open the door to a superseding allegation that could contain more charges against Epstein or contribute alleged accomplice as co-defendants. Prosecutors from the public corruption unit are in charge of the case, though authorities have not said whether any government officials are targets of the ongoing investigation.
Although the summon items alleged crimes against merely three daughters between 2002 and 2005, other accusers have come forward since Epstein’s arrest–in New York and in New Mexico, where he owns a spread of shore called the Zorro Ranch.
The case, Rossmiller said, is” get stronger every day .”
Epstein likewise owns a private island in the Caribbean and a lavish property in Palm Beach, a fleet of cars and a private jet-black that has hosted former President clinton, performer Kevin Spacey, Prince Andrew, and lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
Two of Epstein’s accusers have said in court articles that Dershowitz was aware of and even made its participation in the sex with minors–which he has forcefully rejected. Clinton put out a statement last week distancing himself from Epstein, but failed to mention at least one dinner they attended.
The Epstein scandal has already had a political significance. Acosta, who chose not to accuse Epstein federally in Florida when he was U.S. attorney, was forced to step down as President Trump’s labor secretary amid ferocity over his actions in the case.
Trump used to be sidekicks with Epstein but claims to have had a falling-out with him a decade ago.
Additional reporting by Marianne Dodson