Epstein Estate Agrees to Pay U.S. Virgin Islands More Than $105 Million

Last December, Ghislaine Maxwell, one of Mr. Epstein’s longtime associates and a former girlfriend, was convicted in federal court in Manhattan on charges that she helped him sexually traffic and abuse young women and teenage girls. Ms. Maxwell, a former socialite, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Federal authorities have not charged anyone else in connection with Mr. Epstein’s activities, which reportedly occurred at his residences in the Virgin Islands, Manhattan, New Mexico and Palm Beach, Fla., according to court papers and lawsuits.

Mr. Epstein’s estate agreed to provide Ms. George’s office with documents to help with additional investigations. Over the course of the litigation, Ms. George, working with lawyers from Motley Rice, has served subpoenas on banks that worked with Mr. Epstein and some of the wealthy men who did business with him, including the Wall Street billionaire Leon Black.

Mr. Black, a co-founder of Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm, and a friend of Mr. Epstein’s, had paid at least $158 million to Southern Trust for financial and tax advice. Mr. Black accounted for nearly 80 percent of the revenue taken in by Southern Trust, which Mr. Epstein had told Virgin Island officials was developing sophisticated algorithms to mine financial and DNA databases.

On Monday, Mr. Black was sued by Cherie Pierson, who claimed that he raped her while receiving a massage at Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan mansion in 2002. Her lawsuit, filed in New York State Court, said Mr. Epstein had helped arrange the meeting with Mr. Black.

According to the lawsuit, Mr. Epstein told Ms. Pierson, who was a single mother, that he was going to introduce her to a “very powerful and wealthy” man who might be able to provide her with financial help.

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