Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against Epstein sex abuse accuser

Supreme Court leaves in place ruling dismissing lawsuit filed by woman who accused billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing her as a child

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court stands by a ruling dismissing a lawsuit brought by a woman who accused billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexually assaulting her as a child.

The High Court said on Tuesday it would not review the case. As usual, the court did not comment on the dismissal of the case, which was on a list of cases the court had said it would not take. The Biden administration had urged judges not to hear the case.

A three-judge panel of the 11th United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against Wild in April 2020, saying a lower court properly dismissed his lawsuit.

Wild’s trial revolved around a secret plea bargain with Epstein that spared him serious federal charges and allowed him to plead guilty to lesser prostitution-related charges in Palm Beach County, Florida. Epstein spent 13 months in prison while being allowed to go to his office almost daily, paid financial compensation to victims and was registered as a sex offender.

The lawsuit claimed the deal was never discussed with any of his victims in violation of the Crime Victims Rights Act.

Epstein was later charged by the federal government in New York. He was accused of paying hundreds of dollars in cash to underage girls for massages and then sexually assaulting them at his homes in Florida and New York. He was found dead in prison on August 10, 2019, at the age of 66. A medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

A federal judge in Florida initially ruled that prosecutors violated victims’ rights law and asked for recommendations from both sides on what to do about it. But after Epstein’s death, the lawsuit was thrown out.

The Associated Press does not name victims of sexual abuse without their permission. Wild has given numerous interviews and discussed at length publicly his experiences with Epstein.

ABC News

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