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NEW: I’m at Manhattan federal court right now where dozens of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims are expected to testify.
1. Today was historic. One after another of Epstein’s victims came forward (some for the first time) to speak out about the abuse they faced and how they were robbed of justice from his death. Many spoke through tears. #JeffreyEpstein
2. At least 20 victims were heard in court today, either through testifying in person or through written statements. Some used their real names, most wanted to be referred to as Jane Doe.

They talked about how Jeffrey Epstein robbed them of their innocence and their childhood.
3. Many of the victims talked about being recruited by other females into Epstein’s mansion and other residences. They were vulnerable and very young. Today, the victims still seek justice, some pleaded with the court to go after the co-conspirators and enablers.
4. Some of the victims specifically named Ghislaine Maxwell as the person who recruited them into Epstein’s trafficking ring.

Maxwell is Epstein’s former girlfriend and a long time associate of his. Maxwell needs to be brought to justice, some of the victims stressed.
5. Courtney Wild, an alleged victim of Epstein and one of the few who used their real name in court testified that his death "robbed our day in court to confront him."

"Justice has never been served in this case," she said through tears.
6. Both the victims and their lawyers praised District Judge Richard Berman for allowing them to speak freely in court today.

Some victims spoke about the need to investigate Epstein's death, saying it started a whole new trauma for them to deal with.
7. One alleged victim described how Epstein was "very strategic" in how he approached them. She only realized she was a victim until much later.

The victim said she often blamed herself for Epstein's abuse.
8. Nearly all victims described how their life fell apart and fell into darkness after being sexually abused by Epstein.

"We will always carry irreparable damage in our life. Jeffrey Epstein took away the future I envisioned for myself as a young girl," one alleged victim said.
9. One alleged victim read out loud a letter she wrote to Jeffrey Epstein.

"You got a plea deal no one else would have got."

"You physically and mentally traumatized me."

"I will never ever be able to get over the overwhelming emotions."
10. Virginia Giuffre (an accuser who was listed in the recently unsealed docs) testified about being 17 years old when she met Epstein, thinking she had got a break in life.

"My hopes were dashed and my dreams stolen."

"The reckoning will not end. It will continue."
11. One alleged victim testified about being eventually forced to have sex with Epstein after massaging him on 4 occasions. The abuse continued for years as she struggled internally.

"I purchased a gun and drove myself to an isolated place."
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