Epstein case judge invites accusers to hearing next week

NEW YORK (AP) — The judge presiding over the federal sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein has invited his accusers and their lawyers to a hearing next week where he’ll consider prosecutors’ request to dismiss the indictment.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said Wednesday he’ll conduct a brief hearing Tuesday to consider the dismissal since the financier killed himself in his prison cell Aug. 10.

The judge said he believes the public may have an interest in the legal process surrounding dismissal of charges.

Epstein was accused of sexually abused girls and young women.

Berman had ordered him held without bail after two accusers urged at a hearing that Epstein remain behind bars.

The judge said prosecutors and Epstein’s lawyers can be heard Tuesday, along with accusers and their lawyers.

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