UK Epstein victims but to come back ahead, says fund lawyer

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UK Epstein victims yet to come forward, says fund lawyer

British victims of the late Jeffrey Epstein have yet to report, said a U.S. lawyer for a compensation fund.

Epstein, a former friend of the Duke of York, spent some time in London in the 1990s when he allegedly abused underage girls at the age of 14.

The embarrassed American financier killed himself last August before being tried for sexual trafficking and conspiracy.

On Thursday, British celebrity Ghislaine Maxwell was accused in the United States of facilitating his sexual exploitation of girls.

Ghislaine Maxwell in 2000 (Chris Ison / PA)

In the meantime, victims of the Epstein Victims Compensation Program can claim claims against his estate of $ 630 million (£ 505 million).

US lawyer Jordana Feldman, architect of the program, encouraged more British women to register.

She said: "We believe there are still victims worldwide, including in the UK."

Jill Greenfield, personal injury manager at Fieldfisher in London, advised on possible lawsuits against the Epstein property for alleged sexual assault.

She said: “This fund is very good news for Epstein victims in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

“Everything that makes the process of financial support easier for victims of sexual assault is extremely positive.

“In Britain we have a controversial system for dealing with such claims that can cause further harm to the victims themselves.

"I would be very interested in Britain repeating these US plans to use recourse without bringing people into extreme need to go to court."

She added: “I work with the Victim Fund to ensure that the confidentiality of British victims built into this process is sufficient to protect them.

"This is particularly important because British victims of sexual assault are granted automatic anonymity that is not automatic in the United States."

The program was set up to work independently from the Epstein estate and has worked with lawyers for more than 70 victims.

The deadline for submitting all claims is March 25, 2021.

Maxwell, the daughter of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell, has previously denied any misconduct or knowledge of sexual misconduct by her former friend Epstein.

Earlier this week a source near the Duke of York said he was "confused" by claims by the US authorities that he hadn't offered to cooperate with the Epstein case.

More information about the compensation program can be found at www.epsteinvcp.com.