Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s estate argued in new court papers that they shouldn’t be forced to give an accuser’s legal team access to the late multimillionaire’s properties — especially in the midst of a global pandemic.
Attorneys for a woman identified as Priscilla Doe filed a motion last week asking for court-ordered permission to enter Epstein’s East 71st Street townhouse for five hours and his elaborate compound on Little Saint James Island for eight hours to take video, photographs and measurements.
They argued that the design of the townhome and the remoteness of the US Virgin Islands property would show that Epstein’s victims couldn’t have left easily.
“The inspections were nonviable in light of the current pandemic,” wrote estate attorney Bennet Moskowitz in the response letter filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court. Even if the world weren’t in a health crisis, the request is overly broad and irrelevant to her allegations, the letter states.
“Plaintiff repeatedly alleges that Mr. Epstein was able to continue his abuse by promising her things of value and because she felt intimidated by his wealth and power — not because of physical limitations or restrictions,” Moskowitz wrote.
Besides, the filing says, floor plans of the locations at issue would show their layouts and be far less cumbersome than onsite inspections.
Priscilla’s lawsuit says she was 20 when she met Epstein and he promised to advance her dancing career. She alleges that Epstein forced her to have sex with another woman while he choked her, and coerced her into performing sexual acts for his friends.
Epstein hanged himself in his jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.