Women who accused the late Jeffrey Epstein of sexual assault, Deutsche Bank AG and JPMorgan Chase & Co. sued, arguing that the banks facilitated and financially benefited Epstein’s sex trafficking operations.
Two separate lawsuits, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, allege that the banks knowingly profited from “assisting, supporting, facilitating and otherwise providing the most critical service to the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking organization to successfully rape, assault and forcibly sex trade” the women despite knowing about Epstein’s dealings.
The anonymous plaintiffs in both filings claim the banks knew they would “make millions of dollars” facilitating Epstein and “chosen profit over following the law.”
Epstein could not have sustained his sex trafficking operations without “the assistance and complicity” of a banking institution, the lawsuit states.
Attachment to a banking institution gave Epstein’s operations “special treatment” and “the appearance of legitimacy,” the Deutsche Bank charge reads.
The Hill has contacted Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase & Co. for comment.
The lawsuits come after New York on Thursday opened a year-long window under the state’s Adult Survivors Act, which waives customary statutes of limitations for filing sex crime lawsuits to allow survivors to file claims on old cases as long as they were older. than 18 when the alleged crime took place.
Epstein died in prison before he could stand trial for sex trafficking charges.
His longtime associate, socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was found guilty and convicted of grooming young girls for Epstein to abuse — many as young as 14 when the abuse began.
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