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(Bloomberg) -- As two alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein urged a judge to keep him locked up, prosecutors said they had found piles of cash, dozens of diamonds and an expired foreign passport, with Epstein’s picture and a different name, in a safe in his Manhattan mansion.“He’s a scary person to have walking the street,” Courtney Wild, who claims Epstein sexually abused her at 14, said at his bail hearing Monday in Manhattan. She asked U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to deny bail to the 66-year-old money manager and keep him locked up “for the safety of any other girls who are going through what I’m going through.”Epstein, arrested in New Jersey on July 6 after stepping off his private jet from Paris and charged with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy, will learn on Thursday morning whether he will return to his home or to the jail he now shares with Paul Manafort and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Epstein, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused of molesting girls from 2002 to 2005 and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.“He was inappropriate with me,” Annie Farmer told the judge at the hearing, trembling as she spoke and accompanied by her lawyer, David Boies. “I’d prefer not to go into the details of that at this time.”Boies represents three women who say Epstein molested them when they were girls.Epstein’s WealthEpstein’s lawyers said their client was being prosecuted a second time for acts that ended in 2005 and were resolved in a non-prosecution agreement in 2007. Since then, they argued, Epstein had engaged in “14 years of self-discipline,” hadn’t broken the law and had complied with all the requirements of his sex-offender status. They noted that other prominent defendants, including Bernard Madoff, had been released on bail and appeared in court.Prosecutors, pointing to Epstein’s wealth, told Berman no conditions would ensure his appearance and that the bail terms he has proposed -- a “substantial” bond, a GPS ankle bracelet and confinement to his home under watch by a “trustee” -- would establish a “gilded cage” from which he could still influence witnesses, as they claim he has as recently as December.Arguing that Epstein is a flight risk, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said that in addition to the trove of cash and diamonds FBI agents found were works of art he hadn’t accounted for in a one-page financial-disclosure statement he filed with the court. Berman called the disclosure “cursory,” saying that it “does not fully assist me” in deciding whether to free Epstein on bail or remand him to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.In the statement, Epstein said his assets include $57 million in cash, $14 million in fixed income, $113 million in equities and $195 million held in hedge funds and private equity. The values of his six homes range from $8.7 million in France to a $64 million private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. All told, he says, he’s worth $559 million.Witness Tampering?Berman seemed skeptical of arguments that Epstein must be released to adequately prepare a defense. The judge said other prominent defendants had been able to consult their lawyers while detained and noted that the charges in this case typically don’t allow for bail. He said he would rule Thursday morning at 9:30 on Epstein’s request to remain confined to his Manhattan mansion.Prosecutors said Epstein had made two payments totaling $350,000 two days after the Miami Herald published a series on his alleged crimes in November. Epstein’s lawyer Martin Weinberg said there had been no effort to derail any investigation and that these were merely payments to a former employee and a friend.“This is not witness tampering simply because the Miami Herald wrote an article,” Weinberg said.Boies told Berman he had a civil suit pending against Epstein at the time and that after the fund manager made the payments, witnesses who had been cooperating suddenly no longer spoke to him. Boies then stood alongside Farmer, who approached the courtroom podium and stopped about five feet from Epstein to speak.“I was 16 years old when I had the misfortune of meeting Jeffrey Epstein in New York,” Farmer said. “He later flew me to New Mexico. I want to voice my support that he not be set free.”Trove of PhotosNoting that Weinberg had argued that his client’s wealth had been an “incentive” to many women to claim to be victims, she said instead it had made it harder to come forward against Epstein and his team of lawyers.“It’s the opposite,” she said. “His wealth and privilege would often make it more difficult.”She disputed Weinberg’s argument that Epstein had engaged in “self-discipline” after winning the non-prosecution agreement, noting that FBI agents said they had turned up hundreds and perhaps thousands of pictures of nude women and girls at his home.“The victims in these photos are continuing to be victimized,” Farmer said.The case is U.S. v. Epstein, 19-cr-00490, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).(Updates with filing on Epstein’s assets in fourth paragraph under Epstein’s Wealth.)\--With assistance from Gerald Porter Jr..To contact the reporters on this story: Bob Van Voris in federal court in Manhattan at email@example.com;Chris Dolmetsch in Federal Court in Manhattan at firstname.lastname@example.org;Patricia Hurtado in Federal Court in Manhattan at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at firstname.lastname@example.org, Peter JeffreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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|Italy seizes 'combat-ready' missile and automatic weapon stash in raids on far-Right figures ||Warriors GM: We didn't acquire Russell to flip him |
Italian police have seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, in raids on neo-Nazi sympathisers, they said on Monday. Elite police forces searched properties across northern Italy following an investigation into Italians who had fought alongside Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, a police statement said. Three men were arrested, including a customs officer who has previously stood for parliament for an extreme right party. During their raids, police discovered a French-made Matra air-to-air missile that appeared to have once belonged to the Qatar armed forces. Subsequent checks showed the weapon was in working condition but lacked an explosive charge. A big cache of guns and ammunition was seized by the Turin special police force Credit: FRANCESCO AMMENDOLA,HO/AFP/Getty Images Police said the suspects had tried to sell the missile in conversations with contacts on the WhatsApp messaging network. Among other weapons uncovered were 26 guns, 20 bayonets, 306 gun parts, including silencers and rifle scopes, and more than 800 bullets of various calibres. The arms were primarily from Austria, Germany and the United States. Police also seized Nazi memorabilia from the properties. "The police investigation ... came into being because of the activities of some Italian fighters with extremist backgrounds who had taken part in the armed conflict in the Ukrainian region of Donbass," the police statement said. More than 10,000 people have been killed since 2014 in fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine.
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|Founder of neo-Nazi website should pay Jewish woman $14m for unleashing antisemitic 'troll storm' on her, judge rules ||Heat's Waiters answers trolls with new physique |
The founder and editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer should be forced to pay more than $14m (£11.2m) to a Jewish woman targeted by a “troll storm” of abusive messages for months on end, a judge has said.The US magistrate called the campaign, launched by the website’s publisher Andrew Anglin, as “egregious and reprehensible” with Tanya Gersh, her husband and her 12-year-old son being flooded with vile phone calls, text messages, emails and social media posts that included death threats and antisemitic slurs.Ms Gersh, from Whitefish, Montana, said that she was told she should have perished in the Holocaust and that voicemails she received contained the sounds of guns firing again and again. The mother was left suffering from panic attacks that left her short of breath and vomiting.“I was frightened to the point that we couldn’t think straight,” Ms Gersh – a real estate agent – said after a recent court hearing. “We talked about waking our children in the middle of the night — to run from Nazis.”The abuse began in December 2016 after The Daily Stormer published, under Mr Anglin’s byline, a call to arms to readers. “Are y’all ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm?” the post said. “Because AYO — it’s that time, fam.” Ms Gersh’s contact details were posted online and followers were urged to “tell them you are sicked by the Jewish agenda”. There were also photographs of Ms Gersh and her son, photoshopped against an image of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The Daily Stormer claimed the posts were protected by free speech laws.Judge Jeremiah Lynch said that Mr Anglin had “acted with actual malice” in posting the contact details.The source of the abuse followed accusations from Mr Anglin and others that Ms Gersh had tried to extort the mother of prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer. Spencer has been widely denounced for telling supporters to “party like its 1933” – the year Adolf Hitler came to power – after the election of Donald Trump. Mr Spencer was also a featured speaker at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a civil rights activist was killed and 19 other people were injured in August 2017.Sherry Spencer, who owned a commercial property in Ms Gersh’s town of Whitefish, had faced scrutiny over her son’s extreme views and residents had discussed protesting outside the building.According to her lawsuit, Ms Gersh said that Ms Spencer had phoned her for advice after Ms Gersh had contacted friends in the building to tell them protests may be coming.Ms Gersh suggested that Ms Spencer sell the building and disavow her son’s views, with the lawsuit saying Ms Spencer had appeared receptive, but that changed.More than 30 articles naming Ms Gersh were then said to have appeared on The Daily Caller, according to the lawsuit filed on her behalf by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The suit claims that Ms Gersh and her family received more than 700 hate-filled messages.With Mr Anglin having not appeared at a deposition in April, Judge Lynch recommended a default judgement against the publisher – but he went further. He recommended that Mr Anglin, who is in his mid-30s, be ordered to pay $4,042,438 in compensatory damages and $10 million, the maximum under Montana state law, in punitive damages for “the particularly egregious and reprehensible nature of Anglin’s conduct.” Judge Lynch's findings and recommendations must be approved by US District Judge Dana Christensen to take effect.Ms Gersh said that she may not receive the money, but Monday’s judgement has sent a message to others.“A clear message has been sent to Anglin and other extremists: No one should be terrorised for simply being who they are, and no one should ever be afraid for being who they are,” she said in a statement.“This lawsuit has always been about stopping others from enduring the terror I continue to live through at the hands of a neo-Nazi and his followers, and I wanted to make sure that this never happens to anyone else,” she added.Last month, Mr Anglin was ordered to pay $4.1 million after he failed to respond to a defamation lawsuit filed by the Muslim radio host and comedian Dean Obeidallah after The Daily Stormer falsely labelled him a terrorist.
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