Managers of the compensation fund for convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein said they expected 100 sexual assault victims to come forward — more than 200 did.
The figures were revealed on Aug. 9 as the managers announced they were closing the fund, the day before the second anniversary of the sexual predator’s suicide.
The Epstein’s Victim Compensation Program handed out nearly $125 million from his estate to 150 eligible victims, according to a news release from the program’s administrator. The program started in June 2020.
The program expected 100 abuse victims to seek claims, but 225 claims were filed. There were about 75 people who were not awarded money.
Most people were paid within 60 to 90 days of filing their claims and 92 percent of victims accepted the compensation offers.
The program was run by an administrator and not connected to Epstein’s estate.
“This important, independent Program allowed victims/survivors who were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein to resolve their claims outside of court through a voluntary, confidential, fair, empathetic and expeditious process – beyond the glare of public proceedings and without the costs and confrontation of litigation. Every claimant had an opportunity to be heard in a safe space, to share the intimate, personal, often harrowing accounts of what they endured and how it has affected them,” Program administrator Jordana Feldman said in announcing the fund’s closure. “I was continually struck by the resilience and courage of the victims who put their faith and trust in this process.”
Epstein was convicted in Florida for child-sex crimes. He served slightly more than a year in prison and was released. But he was allowed to travel to Manhattan and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It there, victims said more sexual assaults occurred.
Federal prosecutors also gave Epstein a sweetheart plea deal that shielded him from further charges. But, when media reports surfaced about the deal, it pushed Epstein back into the limelight, and he was charged in connection to human trafficking in 2019.
Epstein was being held at the federal detention center in Brooklyn, New York, when he committed suicide ahead of his trial. His death has sparked numerous conspiracy theories as some believe the acquaintances killed Epstein to stop him from talking about others who might have engaged in similar behaviors.
His mistress, Ghislaine Maxwell, was also charged in connection to the alleged human trafficking. She is being held in the same Brooklyn facility and faces a trial in the fall on the allegations.