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Settlement reached in Jeffrey Epstein civil lawsuit

Posted at 8:41 AM, Dec 04, 2018

A settlement has been reached in a civil lawsuit against multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein in Palm Beach County.

An attorney for Bradley Edwards, who was seeking unspecified damages from Epstein, announced in court on Tuesday that a financial settlement has been reached, but the details are confidential.

The deal came on the same day jury selection was set to begin in the civil case.

Epstein was accused of luring underage girls into a life of sexual abuse. The 65-year-old pleaded guilty in 2008 to state prostitution charges and served 13 months in jail, although he was allowed to leave during the week to go to work. He also became a registered sex offender.

Last week, a report from the Miami Herald revealed that current Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, then a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida, cut a deal with Epstein that kept him out of prison.

Edwards, who represented some of the alleged victims in the Epstein case, claimed Epstein tried to damage his reputation by suing him.

In court on Tuesday, Epstein's attorney read back an apology letter from Epstein to Edwards.

"What happened today was a win," said Edwards at a news conference after the settlement was announced.