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- Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown appeared on the “Today” show Tuesday morning to discuss the Jeffrey Epstein case.
- Brown’s 2018 report on Epstein helped spark a new federal investigation into the pedophile financier.
- After Epstein’s death on Saturday, Brown said she reached out to some of his victims, who were “distraught” that he wouldn’t be facing justice.
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The Miami Herald reporter whose report on Jeffrey Epstein helped spark a federal sex trafficking investigation of the disgraced financier spoke out about his death on the “Today” show Tuesday morning.
Julie K. Brown was invited on the show to discuss the case, following Epstein’s apparent suicide at a New York jail over the weekend.
When asked how the victims she spoke to are doing following the news, Brown got tearful.
“It’s been quite a journey for them. They were the first people I called when I heard about it,” she said.
“They [the victims] were the first people I called when I heard about it [Epstein’s death]. And it was very painful, actually, to hear how upset they were… to them this was another really big blow in another piece of the criminal justice system… that is broken.” –@jkbjournalist pic.twitter.com/Y2ph83AUvn
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 13, 2019
Brown continued: “It was very painful actually to hear how upset they were and distraught because they had finally been at the point where they felt like, you know, he was under arrest and they were going to try him. They had even set up a trial date.
“So to them this was another really big blow and another piece of the criminal justice system, the prison system in this case, that is broken and betrayed them in some respect,” she said.
Though the sex trafficking case against Epstein is moot, there may still be hope that accomplices will be prosecuted in the conspiracy case against him. On Monday, Attorney General Bill Barr held a news conference and promised justice for the victims.
“Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice and they will get it,” he said.
Barr also said there were “serious irregularities” in how Epstein was watched over at the Metropolitan Correctional Center that were “deeply concerning” and demanded an investigation.
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