Jeffrey Epstein’s estate has taken legal steps to start a special compensation program for his “victims,” the group announced Thursday.
The estate filed papers in the Superior Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands — where Epstein’s will was also filed before his death — seeking “expedited approval” for a confidential claims resolution program.
It is to be led by Jordana Feldman, who previously helmed the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund — and who will have full power over the estate in deciding eligible pay-outs.
The program hopes to start accepting claims in 90 days, it said.
“This important program will offer victims the opportunity to obtain long-overdue compensation, to be heard and treated with the compassion, dignity and respect they deserve, and to achieve some measure of justice and validation that has eluded them for so many years,” Feldman said in a statement Thursday.
“The claims resolution process will be fair, prompt, and non-adversarial, and will provide victims with a meaningful alternative to years of protracted civil litigation and its associated costs, risks and uncertainties.”
The estate will not be able to contest the team’s decisions, it said in a release. Accusers who take money, however, will waive their right to take the estate to court in the future, administrators said.
“We are … eager to begin designing it so that claimants will have a forum where their suffering is acknowledged and their claims are promptly and appropriately compensated,” said Kenneth Feinberg, another of the three administrators in charge.
Epstein’s estate, which is valued at $577 million, has been inundated with lawsuits in the months since his death from women who say they were abused by the convicted pedophile — who depositions claim required sex at least three times daily.
At least 11 lawsuits have been filed in Manhattan federal and state courts since his death.
Brad Edwards, an attorney for some of the accusers, called it a “positive step.”
“In the meantime, we intend to get the filed cases to trial quickly. Either way, justice for our clients, without delay, is our goal,” he told The Post.
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