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Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Face Sex Trafficking Lawsuits Over Ties to Epstein

© AFP 2023 / TIMOTHY A. CLARYPeople walk past the JP Morgan Chase Building on Park Avenue May 15, 2012 in New York
People walk past the JP Morgan Chase  Building on Park Avenue  May 15, 2012 in New York - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.03.2023
The order was issued by a federal judge after two women lodged the case against the two banks amid accusations that Epstein sexually assaulted them.
A US court has ruled that JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Deutsche Bank, which were connected with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, will face lawsuits over claims they enabled his sex trafficking.
The ruling comes after two women, who claimed that Epstein sexually abused them, brought the case against the two lenders. The financier reportedly was a client of JPMorgan from 2000 to 2013, and of Deutsche Bank from 2013 to 2018.
In a four-page order on Monday, US District Judge Jed Rakoff wrote that the women could try to make the case that the banks had "knowingly benefited from participating in a sex trafficking venture."
While JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Deutsche Bank declined to comment on the judge’s ruling, Brad Edwards, a lawyer for the women, touted it as a "landmark decision."
"To my knowledge, it's the first time a class of victims can pursue sex trafficking cases against two major financial institutions. Complicity of the banks was a necessary ingredient of Epstein's abuses, and this provides a final layer of accountability."
In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to procuring a person under 18 for prostitution and felony solicitation of prostitution. The 66-year-old billionaire financier was later released under a plea deal, only to be charged with sex trafficking in July 2019.
In this Thursday, July 2, 2020, file photo, Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, gestures as she speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, in New York - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.10.2021
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In August of that year, he was found dead in his prison cell in New York City, with officials declaring his death a suicide. The cause of his death, however, remains disputed as conspiracy theorists continue to wonder whether Epstein was murdered to prevent him from testifying against his high-profile friends, including Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew.
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