Women who have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse filed lawsuits against Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase for purportedly aiding in his alleged sex-trafficking operation, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.
The suits seek class-action status and an unspecified amount of monetary damages, according to WSJ. Lawyers who have represented many of Epstein’s accusers filed both lawsuits in federal court Thursday, the outlet continued.
One lawyer, Bradley Edwards, reportedly told WSJ in a written statement that “the time has come for the real enablers to be held responsible, especially his wealthy friends and the financial institutions that played an integral role.” A spokesman for Deutsche Bank told the outlet “we believe this claim lacks merit and will present our arguments in court,” according to the report.
Women who accused Jeffrey Epstein of abuse are suing JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank, saying they facilitated his alleged sex-trafficking operation https://t.co/Hn7W7HzK3f
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 24, 2022
The lawsuit against Deutsche Bank cites allegations from New York state’s top financial regulator about the bank’s purported ties to Epstein, WSJ continued. The JPMorgan Chase lawsuit is based on an alleged relationship between Epstein and a top executive at the bank, according to the outlet. (RELATED: Reporter Asks Bill Clinton Point Blank About His Alleged Ties To Epstein)
Both lawsuits claim the banks assisted and participated in Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking by enabling him to pay women for sex acts and making money off of his activities, according to WSJ. The banks allegedly worked with Epstein for years after he pleaded guilty in 2018 to soliciting prostitution from a minor, the outlet continued.
The anonymous woman suing JP Morgan used to be a ballet dancer in New York, and was allegedly sexually abused by Epstein from the years 2006 to 2013, WSJ reported, citing the woman’s lawsuit. The other unnamed woman suing Deutsche Bank claims in her lawsuit that she was sexually abused by Epstein from approximately 2003 to about 2018, according to the outlet.
Epstein died in 2019, when he reportedly committed suicide in jail pending trial on federal sex trafficking charges.