The U.S. Virgin Islands filed a lawsuit alleging that deceased multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein trafficked young girls as recently as 2018.
The lawsuit, filed by the top law enforcement officer in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday, comes as more evidence surfaced raising suspicions about the death of the convicted sex offender.
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“This lawsuit focuses on conduct that happened here in the Virgin Islands in violation of Virgin Islands law,” Attorney General Denise George said at a news conference Wednesday, the Miami Herald reported. “The conduct described in our complaint … betrays the deepest principles and values of the government and the people of the Virgin Islands.”
Epstein allegedly employed “a complex web” of false companies in holding the properties such as Little St. James and Great St. James, where he conducted his criminal behavior, according to George.
BREAKING: US Virgin Islands sues Jeffrey Epstein estate for sex trafficking hundreds of women and girls to his island in the Caribbean for decades, some only as old as 11 and 12
— Jack Posobiec?? (@JackPosobiec) January 15, 2020
“We do need your help to see that justice is done now,” she said, announcing a hotline established for victims and the public to report on any of Epstein’s activities as she revealed he had created at least six corporate entities through which he “carried out and concealed his criminal conduct,” including companies that held private planes and helicopters used to transport victims.
The islands, valued at more than $86 million, are being sought by the government in the lawsuit which alleged that Epstein brought girls as young as 11 there and even kept a database to keep tabs on their availability and movements.
According to the Miami Herald:
Most of the Virgin Island companies were created in 2011 and 2012, soon after Epstein registered as a sex offender in the Virgin Islands following his 2008 guilty plea to state prostitution charges in Palm Beach County, the lawsuit said.
But the lawsuit filed Wednesday alleged that Epstein not only sexually trafficked women and young girls after his Florida conviction — he intended to expand his illicit operation in the Virgin Islands for years to come by purchasing Great St. James, the island closest to Little St. James, to conceal his conduct from public view and to evade oversight by the police.
“Epstein and his associates could avoid detection of their illegal activity from the Virgin Islands and federal law enforcement and prevent these young women and underage girls from leaving freely and escaping the abuse,” by using Little St. James, the lawsuit said.
Epstein was found dead in August at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center where he was awaiting trial and his death was ruled a suicide. But discrepancies and puzzling evidence, as well as charges against corrections officers who failed to check on him regularly, have fueled theories that he was murdered.
In an interview on “The Dr. Oz Show” scheduled to air on Thursday, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden claimed that the burst capillaries in Epstein’s eyes are indications of strangulation and not hanging.
“In a hanging, the arteries and the blood vessels, the veins are both clogged off and the person is pale. The face is pale,” Baden said in a preview clip seen by Daily Mail.
“It suffocates you, no blood goes up there,” Dr. Oz added.
“That’s right. No blood coming in or out…. with a manual strangulation, there’s a backup of pressure and the little capillaries can rupture and they’re best seen in the eye,” Baden explained.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden opens up about what he saw at the autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein. pic.twitter.com/iyGofAzC2r
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) January 16, 2020
Baden, who was among the pathologists who examined Epstein’s body in the autopsy, also pointed out that the color of his lower legs revealed more “red flags” about his death, noting that they were pale rather than showing purple or maroon color if he had died by hanging.
The pathologist questioned the “noose” Epstein allegedly used, saying it was inconsistent with his injuries.
Baden also found how Epstein’s death was ruled to be “very unusual.”
“The initial death certificate was issued at the time of the autopsy, it’s pending further study, getting more information,” he explained. “Five days later it was changed to hanging suicide and one of the things the family wishes to know, the estate wishes to know is, what was that additional information that caused them to change it when five months later and the family still doesn’t know what happened to in the first encounter and what happened to him when he was found dead.”
“The problem I think why we’re here today, five months later,” Baden added, “is that there’s been a total lack of transparency in what happened to Epstein.”
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