Epstein’s estate lawyers seek rush ruling on victims fund

New York Post 2 days ago

With lawsuits piling up against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, his lawyers asked a judge Wednesday to hasten approval of a victim-compensation fund, according to new court papers.

The program was proposed last month, in order to facilitate settling claims with victims who say they were sexually abused by the dead pedophile, and the estate’s lawyers asked for an “expedited approval” at the time.

The hope was to have the program up and accepting claims within 90 days, the lawyers said at the time.

Wednesday, the lawyers gave the judge another nudge, asking that their Nov. 14 motion be ruled on right away.

“The urgency for a ruling on the Expedited Motion cannot be overstated as the window of opportunity to proceed with the proposed Program will likely close without timely action by the court,” the Virgin Islands Superior Court papers say.

Since filing the motion, five more lawsuits were brought against the estate — bringing the total tally to 17 cases comprised of 26 accusers, the estate lawyers say.

And there could be dozens more cases to come, the court papers say.

Just Tuesday, another nine women came forward, claiming they too were abused by the financier.

A Manhattan federal judge has encouraged the establishment of the program and the people who would set it up are ready to go pending the Virgin Islands judge’s approval, the court papers say.

“Given the time-sensitive nature of the Expedited Motion and prejudice to claimants and the Estate in not timely resolving claims, we request on behalf of the Co-Executors that the Court grant the Expedited Motion forthwith,” the court documents say.

The hedge-funder committed suicide Aug. 10, according to officials.

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