Tag: Florida Sexual Abuse Attorney

MASSAGE ENVY MASSEUSE IN WELLINGTON ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL CONTACT WITH CLIENT

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In September 2020, Message Envy’s massage therapist Jose Grajales, age 27, was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges in which it is alleged that he made unlawful sexual contact with a long-time female client of Massage Envy at its Wellington, Florida location.  According to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office records, in August 2019, a Massage Envy client was seeking pain relief from chronic fibromyalgia and migraine headaches.  On the date of the alleged incident, she was assigned to massage therapist Jose L. Grajales because her regular therapist was out sick.

The arrest affidavit states the woman reported that Grajales unlawfully initiated unwanted sexual contact with and ultimately penetrated her vagina with one or two fingers during the massage appointment.  Following the massage appointment, the client allegedly told Grajales he had touched in places she did not want to be touched. She also allegedly reported the incident to a Massage Envy associate and then to her therapist and the police.  Grajales has pleaded not guilty to the charge.  Despite the arrest, Grajales’ license is active and in good standing with the Florida Department of Health as of this date.

Massage Envy has seen an unwelcome amount of negative press in recent years as it has been the subject of multiple allegations of sexual assault of its female clientele. In 2017,  Buzzfeed reported that more than 180 people had filed sexual misconduct complaints against the franchise. SInce that time, dozens more have made public complaints and filed civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse at Massage Envy.  

When clients book a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life, and in cases like this to round out a medical treatment program. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy and other spas and resorts. If you are aware of incidents of sexual misconduct at Massage Envy or have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

TITUSVILLE MASSAGE THERAPIST ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED SEX CRIMES; 20 SUSPECTED VICTIMS

TITUSVILLE MASSAGE THERAPIST ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED SEX CRIMES; 20 SUSPECTED VICTIMS 

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Titusville Police arrested longtime massage therapist Thomas Gregory Grasso, age 57, of Port St. John, Florida after multiple alleged victims reported incidents of sexual abuse to police.  According to Titusville police, one of the alleged victims came forward in early October. During the initial battery investigation, detectives found evidence Grasso committed crimes against 19 more female clients over a period of years after they had been referred to him to get massages for medical reasons.

Grasso has been charged with two counts of Sexual Battery, two counts of Battery, two Counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of an Elderly Person and one count of Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Woman. He was arrested during a traffic stop and booked into the Brevard County Jail with a bond set at $96,000. Additional charges, 43 counts of battery and 14 counts of exposure of sex organs, are being sent to the State Attorney’s Office for reviewe.

In response to three sexual misconduct complaints by clients at Daly Family Chiropractic in Titusville,  in November 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of Grasso’s license for flagrantly disregarding the laws and regulations governing massage therapists. The Order prohibits Grasso from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida, and ensures he can no longer pose an immediate, serious danger to the public’s health, welfare and safety.

Grasso has been a licensed massage therapist since January 1993. A Titusville police investigation of the alleged incidents is ongoing.

When clients book a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa will act professionally and expect they are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at medical offices, spas and resorts. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation. 

FLORIDA NURSE FIRED FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM IN DRUG REHAB CENTER RESTROOM

FLORIDA NURSE FIRED FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, a Florida nurse was arrested for allegedly placing a hidden camera in a public restroom at the drug rehab facility where he worked. Davidson Rozier, age 33, of Lauderhill, was charged with video voyeurism, the act of secretly recording someone in an intimate state, without permission, usually for purposes of sexual interest or gratification.

According to the arrest report, the investigation began in early January when another employee at 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, found a small camera hidden inside a box of tissues. It had been placed on the back of a toilet in the rehab clinic’s unisex restroom. When clinic managers reviewed the footage, they saw Rozier’s face and badge as he set up the camera.  Rozier was immediately fired that same day. 1st Step Behavioral Health is a licensed dual-diagnosis long-term care facility that focuses on physiological rebalancing of the individual through medical, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual care.

Davidson Rozier’s nursing license was suspended, two days later, when the rehab center reported Rozier to the Department of Children and Families and Florida Department of Health. He had worked at 1st Step Behavioral Health since July 2018. Upon review of the video footage, investigators found images of at least one person who was filmed unknowingly while using the bathroom.

According to Florida Statute 810.145, the most basic charge of video voyeurism occurs when an individual:

“For his or her own amusement, entertainment, sexual arousal, gratification, or profit, or for the purpose of degrading or abusing another person, intentionally uses or installs an imaging device to secretly view, broadcast, or record a person, without that person’s knowledge and consent, who is dressing, undressing, or privately exposing the body, at a place and time when that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Healthcare facilities have an obligation to make sure their providers are helping, not harming their patients. Someone who violates patients’ rights has no place working in the nursing field. Any facility in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential employees and safeguard their patients.

Horowitz Law represents victims who were sexually abused and exploited in a healthcare facility.  If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a nurse, doctor or health care professional or administrator, contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

ARREST OF SOUTH FLORIDA THERAPIST FOR RAPING 14-YEAR OLD PATIENT SHOCKS COMMUNITY

ARREST OF SOUTH FLORIDA THERAPIST FOR RAPING 14-YEAR OLD PATIENT SHOCKS COMMUNITY

On Sunday, November 8, 2020 a licensed mental health therapist was arrested in Miami-Dade County, Florida for allegedly raping and molesting his 14-year-old patient. According to law enforcement records, Fernando Gautier, 36, would book sessions with patients at their schools, homes and daycares. He is accused of raping the his female patient multiple times beginning when she was 13 years old, in his car, in a stairwell and in the victim’s apartment. 

During the COVID-19 shutdown, therapy sessions were conducted through video calls, where Gautier also had the girl perform virtual sex. Messages found between Gautier and the victim show “the subject spoke about wanting to repeat the previous sexual experiences with the victim.”

The arrest warrant said the alleged abuse started in January. It was only when the victim’s mother found out Gautier was fired from his agency that she became aware of the alleged rape and molestation. His license as a Register Clinical Social Worker Intern was issued in February 2020.

Gautier was arrested on one count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 16. He will stay in jail until his trial, potentially at the end of 2021, as the charges brought against him are not bondable. 

One in five Americans suffers from a mental health illness that affects their mood, thinking and behavior. Many children have anxieties, fears and worries, and may feel sad and hopeless from time to time. When parents book a counseling appointment they trust the licensed mental health professional will develop a therapy plan that works best for the child and family. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any therapist to touch a client in any sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched by health care professionals. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery by a therapist or counselor, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

VENICE MASSAGE THERAPIST ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF DISABLED WOMAN

VENICE MASSAGE THERAPIST ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF DISABLED WOMAN

In early November 2020, Sarasota Police arrested massage therapist, Mark Douglas Elliott, 64, of the 400 block of Appian Way in Venice, for allegedly committing sexual battery on a disabled patient. According to records, Elliott, a licensed massage therapist since December 2011, was hired in April 2020 to treat the physically incapacitated woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

According to court records, her injury requires she receive 24-hour nursing care and outpatient therapies, including massage therapy. She is entirely dependent on others to move as a result of paralysis down the right side of her body. She also suffers from cognitive delays and short-term memory loss.

The victim told police that Elliott repeatedly sexually battered her from January to May 2020 during scheduled visits. He reportedly asked her to not tell her mother, his wife, or other nurses about the abuse. Due to her memory loss, she couldn’t remember exact details of past incidents, but was able to remember the last one.

Letters from the victim’s psychologist state she has “severe physical and cognitive limitations” and “is completely dependent on her mother and staff for all daily wants and needs.”

The psychologist further explained to police that she has the emotional and cognitive abilities of a young teen. She requires around the clock care to keep her healthy and safe. Police said Elliott knew about her inability to consent to sexual activity, and took advantage of her diminished cognitive and physical state.

When clients book a massage, it is usually to decompress from the stresses of life, or as in this case, to round out a medical treatment program. They trust that the licensed massage therapist hired is safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any therapist to touch a client in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Florida Attorney General Report on Clergy Abuse & Cover Up Disappoints

The more we read the just-released report by Florida state authorities into Catholic child sex crimes and cover ups, the more disappointed we are at Horowitz Law. Here are some of the reasons why:

—-Unlike reports issued in other states, Florida officials refused to make even one recommendation to reduce the chances of abuse and cover up in the future (neither for external reforms through the legislature nor internal church reforms).

—-The report misleadingly implied that one recently-adopted legal change (extending the criminal statute of limitations) was sufficient to prevent scandals like this in the future.

—-While 97 accused Florida predator priests are mentioned by name in the report, almost no details about them are given – no photos, work histories, last known whereabouts,

—-While dozens of accused priests from other states, who came to or were sent to Florida, are listed by name, almost no details about them are given, not even the names of the dioceses in which they offended or were ordained.

—-Almost no ‘enablers are mentioned by name, the non-offending church staff and supervisors who ignored suspicions or reports of abuse and/or hid those suspicions or reports from police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the press.

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—-Only two child molesting clerics – Fr. Rocco D’angelo and Ernesto Garcia-Rubio – are examined in any depth.

In fairness, there are some positive parts of the report:

–It did list more than 170 accused child molesting Catholic clerics in Florida by name.

–It concluded what many of us have known for years, that “Florida was one of the states to where (accused predator) priests were routinely relocated.”

–It noted that sometimes, though not always, noting that sometimes Florida bishops were warned (by bishops elsewhere) of the clerics’ criminal pasts.

–It include the names of those pedophile priests from up north who came down here. (Some are notorious serial predators, like Romano Ferraro, now serving a life sentence in Massachusetts, and Norman Rogge, who may be the only priest who was put back into ministry twice, after two child sex abuse convictions.)

https://www.snapnetwork.org/ma_mo_victims_applaud_tough_sentence_for_abusive_priest

https://www.snapnetwork.org/a_priest_on_his_way_to_breaking_an_abuse_record

–At least one ‘enabler’ — Bishop (later Archbishop) Coleman Carroll of Miami – is named.

Sadly, throughout the document, nearly all other enablers remain concealed. When discussing the cover ups, the authors use the passive voice: “Law enforcement was not notified of the crimes.” Or the enablers are identified as institutions, not individuals: “.”

Maybe the most upsetting parts of the report, however, are one likely outcome and one glaring omission.

The outcome

First, for wounded victims, there’s usually relief when long-hidden crimes and cover ups like this are revealed (especially if names and details of predators and enablers are disclosed).

For innocent children, however, there’s risk when revelations like this happen. The risk (as we explained in our earlier post) can be summed up in one word: complacency.

We tend to assume that once scandals have been publicized, those in charge are already taking steps to prevent future scandals. And of course, in the worlds of business, politics and non-profits, that often happens.

But the Catholic church is different. It’s an ancient, resilient, secretive kingdom headed exclusively by unelected, elderly, hand-picked “don’t rock the boat” men (the pope and his bishops) who hold their rarified positions in this rigid hierarchy until they die. People literally kneel before them, kiss their rings, and call them ‘your excellency,’ ‘your grace’ and similar titles. And neither their paychecks, their power, their prestige nor their perks are hurt when they perform poorly.

That’s NOT a recipe for reform. That’s a recipe for continued irresponsible behavior. And that’s still the practice, culture and climate in Catholicism.

(For more reasons to stay vigilant, avoid complacency and basically ignore the church hierarchy’s claim that ‘all’s now well,’ check out this report done by an independent non-profit).

https://childusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Archdiocesan_Policies_WhitePaper_10-1-20s.pdf)

The omission

The report should have been replete with sentences like these:

“We beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to keep calling us.”

“Disclosing such horror is tough, so we commend the brave survivors who have spoken up.”

“Our hearts ache that none of these selfish and callous clerics can be criminally charged.”

“Police and prosecutors are getting more aggressive and skilled at pursuing crimes, even ones that happened long ago. So please pick up the phone.”

“We know only a small minority of victims ever come forward, so no one should consider this a thorough document.”

These omissions, tragically, send precisely the wrong message to still-suffering victims who feel trapped in silence and hopelessness. That message is “All’s OK now. We don’t particularly care about your pain. And we’re not especially anxious to hear from you.”

Please know, however, that we at Horowitz Law feel differently. We are ALWAYS anxious to hear from those who hurt and who seek justice, healing and prevention.

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/florida-closes-investigation-into-catholic-church-alleged-sexual-abuse-by-priests

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a Catholic priest, clergyman or other lay employee of a Diocese or Archdiocese in Florida, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in Florida  have legal options, but statutes of limitations will apply so do not delay in contacting us now.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide.

DESTIN MASSAGE THERAPIST ARRESTED ON TWO COUNTS OF BATTERY ON CLIENTS

DESTIN MASSAGE THERAPIST ARRESTED ON TWO COUNTS OF  BATTERY ON CLIENTS

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A massage therapist in Destin, Florida has been arrested on two battery charges for sexual acts he allegedly perpetrated on two female clients at two different massage spas. According to a news release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Alan McCullough, age 60, allegedly fondled the breasts of one woman who was visiting from Texas, during a massage at a business located on Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. She reported the incident in November 2019. McCullough denied the allegation and the case was closed because there were no witnesses to the incident.

More recently, in September 2020, a 25-year-old college student from Tennessee reported to police that massage therapist Alan McCullough inappropriately touched her between the legs. This time, he was reportedly working at a different massage business on Commons Drive in Destin. Again, McCullough denied any wrongdoing.

Following McCullough’s arrest on two separate counts of battery, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office stated that “separate accusations under similar circumstances reveals a pattern of conduct of unauthorized touching that no reasonable person would conclude is consistent with a legitimate therapeutic massage.”  Alan McCullough has been licensed a massage therapist in Florida since April 2019 according to pubic records. McCullough’s bio on LinkedIn claims he was an assistant manager at Walmart in Destin and previously served in the Navy for 26 years.

When clients book a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at spas and resorts throughout the State of Florida. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

HOROWITZ LAW FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ALLEGING SEXUAL ABUSE OF 13 YEAR OLD GIRL

HOROWITZ LAW FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ALLEGING SEXUAL ABUSE OF 13 YEAR OLD GIRL

In September 2020, Horowitz Law filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually abused while she was enrolled during the 2019 summer session at the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County located at 877 NW 61st Street in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The suit describes how a 17-year-old male club member sexually assaulted the girl, who was between her seventh and eighth grades in school.

The girl’s mother enrolled her daughter in the summer 2019 Youth Education Success Program with the understanding that she would be placed in a group with other club members similar in age and maturity, and that the children would be looked after by responsible adults. Under the classification of club members into age-specific groups, her daughter fell into the “Juniors” (11-13 year olds) category. “Seniors” were between 16-17 years old. The campus design of the Boys & Girls Club provided separate buildings in which the different age groups participated in activities.

Unaware that in the weeks leading up to the assault of her daughter in mid July 2019, “Junior” and “Senior” club members were allowed to spend time together. As such, one 17-year-old club member engaged in lengthy conversations with the 13-year-old and showered her with attention. So much so, that an instructor and employee of the  Boys & Girls Club, admitted under oath that he had to repeatedly reprimand the “Senior” to stay in his assigned seat. 

In the late afternoon of July 16, 2019, while in the computer lab together with other club members, the “Junior” girl and “Senior” boy sat near each other, talked and engaged in friendly horseplay. Soon after, the boy moved his seat directly next to the younger girl. Usually, two adults supervised the computer lab, but not on this date. The boy started touching the girl’s thighs and moved his hand up to her vaginal area. When he inserted his fingers into her vagina she repeatedly told him “No!” 

Eventually, the one supervisor present realized that the boy was acting inappropriately and sent him out of the lab. He never once asked the girl if she was okay and failed to offer any help. Furthermore, he did not report the sexual abuse at that time. Since the incident, the girl has suffered severe emotional trauma and has been hospitalized multiple times.

The Boys & Girls Club of America advertises its local clubs as having access to all the resources of the national organization, which serves 4 million children a year at 4,300 facilities.  A Hearst Media investigation in 2019 found an alarming 250 victims in 30 states who say they were sexually abused as children at the hands of employees, volunteers and other members of Boys & Girls Club of America affiliates. There is an expectation of trust when parents enroll their children in youth groups like the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County. As it is stated on their website, “The Safety and Well-being of Young People is Our Number One Priority.” Claims of offering a safe, fun environment for kids, “ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct”, fall flat. This is especially true when the organization claims it provides “significant resources to ensure this priority is achieved.” The very act they say they can ensure does not happen…does, and sadly, did.

Sexual abuse by a youth club employee or member not only breaches the trust of parents and their children, but it breaks the law. Any youth organization or institution in which sexual abuse is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly safeguard members and to protect the public. 

Horowitz Law has made obtaining justice for people sexually abused in the Boys & Girls Club a cornerstone of its sexual abuse practice. If you or someone you know have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery while involved with the Boys & Girls Club, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

FORT MYERS PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT

FORT MYERS PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT

On July 9, 2020, Akepe Ntube, a licensed physical therapist assistant, was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Grace Medical and Chiropractic located at 13720 North Cleveland Ave. in North Fort Myers, Florida. Police said initiated unwanted sexual contact with the woman while treating her. Ntube, 46, of Lehigh Acres was arrested on one count of sexual assault after the woman reported the incident to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. 

According to the arrest report, the woman said upon completion of the chiropractor’s treatment, she was lying face down on the massage table for her usual five minute massage of her hamstrings and glutes. She was fully clothed in shirt, shorts and shoes, when Ntube started to massage the back of her leg and moved his hand up toward her buttocks. He slid his hand under her shorts and underwear and quickly stuck his fingers in her vagina. The woman became immediately frightened and pushed his hand away, asking why he would do such a thing. Ntube apologized and begged her to not tell anyone. She went straight to the police.

When the detective interviewed Ntube he claimed the woman became “upset” for no apparent reason and didn’t finish her massage. When asked if he had touched her vagina he said, “I don’t think so.”  He was told the woman was getting a medical exam which included DNA collection from her vaginal area. The detective asked if his DNA would be found.  At that point, Ntube asked to speak with a lawyer.

According to the Florida Department of Health, Ntube received his physical therapist license in February 2012. No previous disciplinary action or complaints have been reported. The judge set a $20,000 bail for his release. He was released the following day. His scheduled trial date is set for August 8, 2020.

When patients schedule physical therapy sessions it is to improve bodily movement, manage pain and recover and heal from injuries or other medical conditions.  They trust that therapists employed at the medical office are carefully vetted, professional and safe.  It is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee to touch a patient in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against health care professionals on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery by a health care professional, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S ABUSE SURVIBORS CAN NOW SEEK COMPENSATION FROM FUND

SURVIVORS OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S ABUSE CAN NOW SEEK COMPENSATION FROM FUND

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The Epstein Victims Compensation Fund, authorized by the Probate Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands officially started accepting claims Thursday, June 25, 2020 from alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein, many of whom were girls between 12 and 17 years old at the time. To avoid legal action, attorneys for Epstein’s estate executors first filed a request in November 2019 to pursue a victim compensation fund. It took months of negotiation with several victims’ attorneys to finalize the fund.

According to court documents, the fund administrator, Jordana Feldman, known for her work as the former deputy special master of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, will review claims and determine how much each victim is awarded. At the insistence of the U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George, a child sexual abuse expert, Marci Hamilton, who heads Child USA will be part of the compensation process. 

As long as the estate funds last, there is no cap on the amount available to settle with eligible victims. Feldman said she expects “they will run from the thousands to the millions.” If victims accept compensation, they then waive their right to pursue future legal action against Epstein’s estate. The release doesn’t prevent a criminal case from being brought against anyone complicit in Epstein’s crimes nor does it prevent victims from working with authorities or going public with their story.

“This Program provides victims of Jeffrey Epstein the opportunity to be heard outside the glare of public courtroom proceedings, and to receive acknowledgement by an independent third party as to the legitimacy of their experience and the long-term suffering it has wrought,” Feldman said in a statement.

According to a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands,  from 2001 through 2018, Epstein allegedly transported minor girls to his homes in the US Virgin Islands and forced them into sex work. Charged in a federal criminal case alleging that he ran a sex trafficking enterprise at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, Epstein committed suicide by hanging in a federal detention facility in August 2019 before he could be brought to trial. 

Epstein’s estate was valued in the ballpark of $560 million before the COVID-19 pandemic struck globally. The lawyers for the 70 victims that Feldman has been in contact with “have all expressed that their clients are interested in participating in the program.”

“Treating victims with dignity and respect and providing them with appropriate compensation is central to our work with the Program, even as we recognize that no amount of money will erase the years of pain these victims have endured,” Feldman said.

Victims looking to file a claim with the Epstein Victims Compensation Fund can call the toll-free number 877-312-3055, send an email to claimantservices@epsteinvcp.com or visit the website www.epsteinvcp.com. The fund will accept applications until March 25, 2021.

Horowitz Law is a nationally recognized law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse, and has filed numerous sexual abuse claims on behalf of those who were abused by Jeffrey Epstein. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested, by Jeffrey Epstein contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.