KEY POINTS

  • Jeffrey Epstein victims have been granted a compensation fund
  • The program is going to act as a forum for more than 70 women
  • Victims will get compensation without having to fight their cases in court

 

Jeffrey Epstein's accusers are now able to get some justice as his victim's compensation fund is currently taking claims.

The fund administrator, Jordana Feldman, announced the news on Thursday, which would give victims of Epstein the chance to be heard outside the courtroom hearings. The victims would receive an acknowledgment by an independent third party concerning the legitimacy of their experience and the long term suffering they had gone through.

The program which was created in November by the same people involved in the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund is being run independently from his estate. His $634 million-estate will be used to pay the victims.

The program will also provide a confidential forum for 70 women that claim the late hedge fund billionaire sexually abused them. They will be able to get monetary compensation without having to fight their cases in court.

The accusers will also apply if their cases were time-barred in court or if there was a prior settlement. The standard for proving the accusations seems to be more relaxed than the way it would have been in court.

According to the New York Post, the victims can opt-in or -out of the fund though they would have to sign a release that says they cannot bring more legal actions against the estate. The estate and executors are not going to have a say in whether the case would be accepted or rejected.

Those who have not already filed suit or set a claim in the estate can register with the program online. The fund will be open to receive applications up until March 25, 2021.

Feldman added the fund is committed to processing the victims' claims justly and effectively.

The fund was stalled in court for months as lawyers, victims, estate executors and the AG of the Virgin Islands negotiated on how it ought to run. It was finally approved earlier in June.

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