Prosecutors are pushing back on the claim that accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein never used a fake passport from the 1980s that lists Saudi Arabia as his residence, alleging in a new filing that he used it to travel to four different countries.
The filing, posted to the public docket the day before a Manhattan federal judge is set to rule on Epstein’s application for house arrest while he awaits trial, states that, contrary to Epstein’s lawyers’ contention that he’s never used the phony passport, the document itself indicates that it’s been used to get into the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Saudi Arabia.
Epstein’s attorneys said in a filing submitted on Tuesday that he obtained the passport because he felt it could give him some protection if he fell victim to an airline hijacking or a terrorist incident and that it’s been expired for more than three decades.
His lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Prosecutors also say that the disgraced financier has yet to disclose how he obtained the passport, which was issued by Austria, and whether or not he holds citizenship in other countries besides the United States.
Epstein is due back in court on Thursday morning for District Judge Richard Berman of the Manhattan federal court to rule on his bail application.
Prosecutors are fighting to keep him in the Metropolitan Correctional Center while he awaits trial on sex trafficking and a related conspiracy charge, and have argued that the fake passport, which turned up in a raid of his Upper East Side townhouse, shows that he’s a flight risk.
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