Nearly a decade of vexatious civil litigation in Palm Beach County court between convicted underage sex molester Jeffrey Epstein and Fort Lauderdale trial attorney, Bradley Edwards, who represented pro bono many of Epstein’s victims, concluded rapidly on December 4 after Edwards’s attorney, Jack Scarola, announced an out-of-court settlement between Epstein and Edwards. Under the terms of the agreement, termed a “surrender” by Epstein, a confidential financial settlement was reached in favor of Edwards and an apology by Epstein to Edwards for wrongly suing him in an effort to “damage his reputation” and divert attention from Epstein’s victims. The Epstein suit was designed to force Edwards to abandon Epstein’s victims, including Courtney Wild, formerly known only as “Jane Doe 1,” who was recently identified in a three-part series on the Epstein case in The Miami Herald.
In 2007, Epstein struck an agreement with the U.S. Attorney for South Florida, Alex Acosta, and the state of Florida that saw Epstein plead guilty to two counts of engaging in prostitution with a minor female in return for a federal Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA). The NPA meant that neither Epstein nor any of his named and unnamed co-conspirators could ever be prosecuted by the federal government or Florida for any crimes involving trafficking in underage females for sexual purposes. Ironically, Acosta now serves as Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary and is responsible for enforcing federal laws against human trafficking.