- US District Judge Richard Berman approved a motion from federal prosecutors formally ending criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein.
- Epstein died by suicide on August 10 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking and conspiracy charges.
- Earlier this week, Berman allowed dozens of his victims to testify about their experiences in court.
- Attorney General Bill Barr vowed to go after Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators in the wake of his death.
- Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
The federal sex-trafficking court case against Jeffrey Epstein has been dismissed.
In a court document filed Thursday in New York, US District Judge Richard Berman approved a “nolle prosequi” motion from federal prosecutors, meaning they will no longer pursue criminal charges against Epstein.
Epstein died by suicide on August 10 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking and conspiracy charges.
“Because Jeffrey Epstein, the defendant, died while this case was pending, and therefore before a final judgment was issued, the Indictment must be dismissed,” the filing said.
Epstein was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges involving dozens of underage girls, in allegations dating back to the early 2000s.
The decision to dismiss the case against Epstein comes after more than 20 of his accusers attended a hearing in a Southern District of New York courtroom on Tuesday.
Sixteen women testified, recounting their experiences and allegations against Epstein, including some who said they were raped by the disgraced financier when they were underage girls.
The women said Epstein used his financial power and connections to famous people to sexually abuse them for years. Epstein has been linked to a long list of famous and powerful people, including President Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and former President Bill Clinton.
Attorney General William Barr has promised that the Justice Department will pursue charges against those who enabled Epstein,the Associated Press reported.
You can read Judge Richard Berman’s ruling below:
This article has been updated.
- Read more:
- Prince Andrew’s legal team reportedly thinks the picture of him and Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre is fake
- A timeline of the sexual abuse cases against Jeffrey Epstein
- Only 33% of Americans believe that Jeffrey Epstein actually died by suicide
- A Jeffrey Epstein accuser says Prince Andrew ‘knows exactly what he’s done’ and that she won’t stop until he’s ‘brought to justice’
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.