WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | Sex offender settles suit, averting accusers’ testimony

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | Sex offender settles suit, averting accusers’ testimony

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A rich and politically connected money manager accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls reached a last-minute settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit, denying his alleged victims — for now, at least — the chance to testify against him.

The case involved Jeffrey Epstein, a 65-year-old Florida financier who secretly negotiated plea a bargain a decade ago that enabled him to escape a possible life sentence on federal sex-trafficking charges.

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