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USA: Alleged victims of Jefferey Epstein gather at NYC hearing02:05

USA: Alleged victims of Jefferey Epstein gather at NYC hearing

United States, New York CIty
August 27, 2019 at 20:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Sixteen accusers of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein spoke at a hearing at New York City's State Supreme Court on Tuesday, the first since Epstein was found dead in a jail cell on August 10.

"All I'm going to say is today is a day of power and strength," accuser Teala Davis told reporters on the side of the hearing, which mainly served to dismiss criminal charges against Epstein.

Attorney Gloria Alvarez called on the court to "supervise or conduct an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein's death. Just because I believe that all the victims and the public have the right to know the truth, whatever that truth."

"We will be filing against the state, we will be filing in New York and we are going to take appropriate action," Alvarez continued.

Epstein, who was convicted in 2008 for the forced prostitution and sex trafficking of underage girls, was being held without bail and awaiting trial since his second arrest on 6 July, 2019, for sex trafficking girls as young as 14. A New York coroner formally classified his death as a suicide.

Federal prosecutors in New York and US attorney general William Barr have vowed to continue the investigation into potential co-conspirators.

USA: Alleged victims of Jefferey Epstein gather at NYC hearing02:05
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Sixteen accusers of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein spoke at a hearing at New York City's State Supreme Court on Tuesday, the first since Epstein was found dead in a jail cell on August 10.

"All I'm going to say is today is a day of power and strength," accuser Teala Davis told reporters on the side of the hearing, which mainly served to dismiss criminal charges against Epstein.

Attorney Gloria Alvarez called on the court to "supervise or conduct an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein's death. Just because I believe that all the victims and the public have the right to know the truth, whatever that truth."

"We will be filing against the state, we will be filing in New York and we are going to take appropriate action," Alvarez continued.

Epstein, who was convicted in 2008 for the forced prostitution and sex trafficking of underage girls, was being held without bail and awaiting trial since his second arrest on 6 July, 2019, for sex trafficking girls as young as 14. A New York coroner formally classified his death as a suicide.

Federal prosecutors in New York and US attorney general William Barr have vowed to continue the investigation into potential co-conspirators.

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