By James Hill | August 13, 2020
A lawyer for an alleged child-sex trafficking victim contends in a new court filing that attorneys for Jeffrey Epstein‘s $655 million estate are engaged in a “concerted and coordinated effort” to delay the woman’s lawsuit in an attempt to steer her claims into a private victim compensation fund established by the estate.
“They have done everything they can to make these cases as difficult as possible for the victims so the victims feel like they have no real choice but to submit to the fund and postpone the proceedings indefinitely,” Robert Glassman, an attorney for the alleged victim who sued under the pseudonym Jane Doe, wrote.
Doe filed the lawsuit against the estate in January. The complaint also names Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged accomplice, as a co-defendant. Doe alleges she was recruited by the pair in 1994 when she was a 13-year-old music student at a summer camp in Michigan.
Of the more than 30 women who brought legal claims against Epstein’s estate following his death last year, Doe is the only accuser who has declined to put her lawsuit on hold to pursue an alternative resolution via the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Fund, a voluntary non-adversarial program that began evaluating claims in June.
In the seven months since Doe filed the lawsuit, estate lawyers have yet to turn over a single document in response to pretrial requests and have “resorted to belittling [Doe] … simply because she is exercising her constitutional right to pursue a legal claim against those responsible for causing her unimaginable harm,” according to Glassman’s claims in a letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman.