Araoz found Epstein welcoming, showing her his mansion filled with exotic taxidermy and elaborately painted ceilings, while his staff offered her wine and cheese, she said.
Acosta says, "In our heart we were trying to do the right thing for these victims". "Without the work of our prosecutors Epstein would have gotten away with just that state charge". Members of Congress are now calling for Acosta's resignation or termination, though he reportedly is not expected to step down voluntarily.
Acosta has served as Trump's labour secretary since April 2017. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private talks.
Epstein grew up in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, the son of a New York City parks department employee.
Acosta then said that his office intervened on behalf of Epstein's victims.
Federal prosecutors acknowledged Monday that the current charges overlap with the Florida case from more than a decade ago. Epstein's attorneys now argue that the non-prosecution agreement in Florida should bar the new charges filed in NY. He said Acosta's hands were legally tied due to "what was, at heart, a local sex abuse case".
"The president obviously wasn't involved in the case, didn't know Acosta at the time and didn't follow the case very closely", she added. "No jail time. Nothing".
CORNISH: Let's unpack that 2008 decision now with former federal prosecutor Ken White. That meant the local and federal prosecutors' offices in Florida, who had been investigating Epstein's crimes in that state.
According to NY state law, the statute of limitations for sexual misconduct against minors is two years after the minor turns 18.
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The 32-year-old makeup artist told "Today" she never went to police because she feared retribution from the well-connected Epstein, who is now facing federal charges of abusing dozens of underage girls in NY and Florida in the early 2000s.
Lawyers for 32-year-old Jennifer Araoz (uh-ROHS') filed the papers Wednesday in NY, seeking information from Epstein. She now has filed court papers seeking from Epstein in preparation for suing him.
Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in NY, on charges of sex trafficking involving children.
According to court documents, one of Epstein's sexual fixers began recruiting the young woman outside her Manhattan high school.
She said he manipulated her into stripping down to her panties and giving him a massage while he masturbated.
"We live in a different world; today's world does not allow some of the victim shaming that would have taken place at trial 12 years ago", Acosta said.
Earlier Wednesday, another alleged victim of Epstein went public with her claim that he raped her when she was 15 years old.
The woman, whose father was a maintenance manager at Trump's club, said she was then kept by Epstein as a sex slave for the next four years. He elaborated that securing a guilty plea from Epstein, forcing him to register as a sex offender and having him pay restitution to the victims was too much to gamble in order to pursue federal charges.
"Instead of prosecuting a predator and serial sex trafficker of children, Acosta chose to let him off easy", said Schumer.
The billionaire has been hit with a long list of charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.