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R. Kelly doesn’t have freedom, money for this legal battle

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The difference between R. Kelly’s life in 2002 when he was last charged with child sex-related crimes and his arrest last week on even more serious charges was on full display when the R&B singer turned and slowly walked out of court.

Each step Tuesday was cut shorter than normal by the shackles around his ankles — a reminder of how small his world has become and how the advantages he once possessed have vanished. He was not posting bond and leaving by the front door to return to his life as an international recording artist as he did 17 years ago. He was heading back to a federal jail cell knowing there’s a good chance he will stay there for months or even years before his case comes to trial, after a judge said the charges against him are too serious to release him on bond.

R. KELLY’S INNER CIRCLE TURNED OVER SEX TAPES TO FEDS: REPORT

In the space of an hour, a federal prosecutor and Kelly’s own lawyer outlined many of the ways the 52-year-old singer’s life has changed. When he eventually went to trial in on child pornography charges in 2008, his lawyers convinced a jury that Kelly was not guilty and prosecutors couldn’t prove that it was Kelly or a certain 14-year-old girl in a grainy sex video.

“You are almost better off asking what’s not different for him, the situation is like night and day,” said Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago. “R. Kelly is now facing an array of challenges that he wasn’t facing years ago and the resources the federal government can bring to bear far exceed anything he faced in state court.”

R. KELLY ARRESTED ON FEDERAL SEX TRAFFICKING, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

For starters, the federal prosecutors in New York and Chicago and the FBI agents who have been working on the case are among the most experienced law enforcement officials in the world.

“He’s facing a team of agents used to putting together complex, challenging cases against well-funded defendants,” he said. “They did the El Chapo case,” he said, referring to the federal probe that led to the conviction in New York of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the wealthiest and most powerful drug lords in the world.

And unlike often financially strapped state prosecutors, the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI won’t be outspent, he said.

R. KELLY DOESN’T WANT HIS EX-WIFE TO SPEAK ABOUT HIM PUBLICLY

The federal indictments in New York and Chicago accuse Kelly of kidnapping and coercing women and girls into having sex, producing and receiving child pornography, inducing minors to engage in sexual activity, and taking part in a conspiracy worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover up sex crimes going back decades. Kelly, who has been in jail since Friday, was arrested on state sexual abuse and sexual assault charges involving three minors and one woman over roughly a 10-year period. As with his not guilty plea to the federal charges on Tuesday, he has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the case in 2008 and now is the girl at the center of the charges. She didn’t testify then, perhaps as Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull suggested to U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber, because Kelly paid her off. But in this case, she has already told her story.

R. KELLY’S LAWYERS ASK JUDGE TO DISMISS SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT

“The victim has testified it was Kelly who did this,” Krull said. The young woman told a federal grand jury that she and Kelly appear in the three videos prosecutors say they have, in which he repeatedly made her call him “Daddy.” Prosecutors have five witnesses who will back up her account, Krull said. “There is no doubt it is him.”

It’s not just that the federal cases are potentially stronger this time. It’s that Kelly is weaker.

The two men who prosecutors say helped Kelly fix the first case have been charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to recover child sex tapes to keep them away from prosecutors before Kelly’s 2008 trial. They’re no longer in a position to help him and could actually hurt his case.

R. KELLY PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO NEW SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES

Mariotti said he suspects that when prosecutors charged the two they did so thinking they might cooperate in exchange for reduced or dismissed charges. “I certainly think that was in the back of their minds when they charged them,” he said.

And while in 2002, Kelly walked out of court and into his recording studio to make a string of albums before his trial six years later, on Tuesday he did not return to the luxurious Trump Tower where he’s been living, but to jail.

Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, said his client is being held in isolation where he doesn’t even have access to television, and about the only technology he is afforded is a telephone for no more than a few minutes a week. That means Kelly, who has already been dropped by his record company and seen concert after concert canceled, has no way to make a living as long as he’s locked up.

R. KELLY CHARGED WITH 11 NEW SEX-RELATED COUNTS

All those millions and millions he made during his long career? Between child support payments, hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in a costly divorce settlement and, according to prosecutors, money he paid to find and keep young girls and prevent what he is doing with them from becoming public, Kelly is pretty much broke.

“He has no money,” Greenberg told the judge on Tuesday.

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In fact, he is so short of funds that after he was arrested in February he sat in jail until a fan put up the $100,000 to bail him out.

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DNA from cigarette butts links man to 12-year-old’s kidnapping, sexual assault: prosecutors

A Connecticut man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the May kidnapping and sexual assault of a Massachusetts 12-year-old after investigators used DNA from discarded cigarette butts to tie him to the case, prosecutors said.

LAPD OFFICER LINKED TO TWO SEPARATE RAPE CASES BY DNA ‘COLD MATCH’: POLICE

Joshua Besaw, 35, of Thompson, Conn., faces several federal charges, including kidnapping and transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, Connecticut’s U.S. District Attorney’s Office said. He was arrested Wednesday after police worked for almost two months to identify a suspect.

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Joshua Besaw, 35, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old in May. (Webster Police Department)

Besaw allegedly lured a 12-year-old girl off her bicycle and into his car at a park in Webster, Mass., on May 31. Court documents said Besaw told the girl his name was Chuck and he needed help because his girlfriend’s parents hated him, Western Mass News reported.

The man then transported the girl over state lines into Connecticut where he pulled over in a wooded area and sexually assaulted her, the Webster Police Department said. He eventually dropped the girl off in Dudley, Mass. where she ran to a resident’s home and called her mother.

Police asked the public on Facebook in June to help officials identify a suspect in the case. Investigators obtained surveillance video from several homes and businesses that lead them to Besaw. On July 10, investigators picked up cigarette butts that they witnessed Besaw throw away. The DNA on the cigarette butts matched DNA extracted from the victim on May 31, police and prosecutors said.

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The FBI, Connecticut State Police and local police departments in Massachusetts and Connecticut aided in the investigation.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s mysterious passport is Austrian, was needed for ‘personal protection,’ attorneys say

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Attorneys representing registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein said Tuesday that an expired passport federal investigators found in a safe in the well-connected financier’s Manhattan home was necessary for his “personal protection.”

During a two-hour bail hearing on Monday, prosecutors used the passport to bolster their argument that Epstein was a flight risk. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said the passport photo appeared to be Epstein, but the name on the document was different and placed the holder’s home address in Saudi Arabia.

In response, Epstein’s attorneys said the passport was Austrian and expired 32 years ago.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN ACCUSERS’ LAWYER SAYS FINANCIER ABUSED FEMALE VISITORS WHILE ON WORK RELEASE FROM JAIL 

“The government offers nothing to suggest – and certainly no evidence – that Epstein ever used it,” they wrote in the filing, addressed to U.S. District Judge Richard Berman. “In any case, Epstein – an affluent member of the Jewish faith – acquired the passport in the 1980s, when hijackings were prevalent, in connection to Middle East travel.

“The passport was for personal protection in the event of travel to dangerous areas, only to be presented to potential kidnapers [sic], hijackers or terrorists should violent episodes occur.”

In a letter sent to Judge Berman on Tuesday, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman (no relation) wrote that the government is trying to find out how Epstein obtained the foreign passport and whether it is genuine or fabricated.

“The defendant’s possession of what purports to be a foreign passport issued under an alias gives rise to the inference the defendant knows how to obtain false travel documents and/or assume other, foreign identities,” he wrote in the filling. “This adds to the serious risk of flight posed by the defendant.”

Judge Berman is expected to rule Thursday on whether Epstein, 66, should be detained until trial on charges that he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. Epstein has pleaded not guilty.

In addition to the passport, investigators also discovered diamonds and cash in the safe during the raid of Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion following his July 6 arrest.

On Tuesday U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a filing that “the Government has learned that the safe contained more than $70,000 in cash. In addition, the safe contained 48 loose diamond stones, ranging in size from approximately 1 carat to 2.38 carats, as well as a large diamond ring …  Such ready cash and loose diamonds are consistent with the capability to leave the jurisdiction at a moment’s notice.”

JEFFREY EPSTEIN HAD MYSTERIOUS PASSPORT, ‘PILES OF CASH,’ AND ‘DOZENS OF DIAMONDS’ IN HOME SAFE: PROSECUTORS

Epstein’s safe was also where hundreds of photos “of what appeared to be underage girls” were discovered after his arrest, prosecutors said. In addition to the disclosure of what was in the safe, prosecutors said their case is getting “stronger by the day” after several more women contacted them in recent days to say he abused them when they were underage.

In a written submission to Berman  Friday, prosecutors said they believe Epstein might have tried to influence witnesses after discovering that he had paid a total of $350,000 to two individuals late last year. That came after the Miami Herald reported the circumstances of his state court conviction in 2008, which led to a 13-month jail term and a deal to avoid federal prosecution.

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In Tuesday’s filing, U.S. Attorney Berman asked for Epstein to “be detained pending trial.”

“The defendant cannot meet his burden of overcoming the presumption that there is no combination of conditions that would reasonably assure his continued appearance in this case or protect the safety of the community were he to be released,” he wrote in the filing.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun, Marta Dhanis, Tamara Gitt, Maria Paronich and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida dad who raped 1-year-old daughter, posted videos on dark web, gets 70 years: report

A former paramedic from Florida was sentenced to 70 years in prison for recording a series of heinous videos of himself raping his 1-year-old daughter and posting them to the dark web.

James Lockhart, 31, made the sickening four-video series of the sexual abuse between March 2016 and February 2018 and uploaded the clips on dark web forums using the screen names “StrangeWood” and “HardWood,” according to court records.

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James Lockhart has pleaded to charges of producing, distributing, and possessing child pornography. (DOJ)

Lockhart, who worked at Paramedics Logistics Florida from 2012 to October 2018, pled guilty to charges of producing, distributing and possessing child pornography in March. He was sentenced on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced.

In addition to what he posted online, investigators found more videos and photos showing the baby being sexually abused in Lockhart’s possession, authorities said.

Lockhart’s wife and the mother of his two children, a boy and a girl, identified the baby in the video as their daughter. She also ID’ed the man’s hand in the video as her husband’s, according to Newsweek.

The sick Bradenton, Fla., man also bragged about sexually abusing another 1-year-old child, authorities said.

LOUISIANA MAN ARRESTED AFTER WIFE ALLEGEDLY CATCHES HIM RAPING 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL: REPORT

He was arrested Oct. 5, 2018 after Homeland Security agents searched his home and found the sick images on his computer, The Miami Herald reported.

On his devices, investigators also found a collection of child pornography that included 4,000 images and 43 videos.

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“HSI’s national and international partnerships have helped ensure that this predator will never again harm a child.”

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Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case draws his New Mexico ranch into investigation

A sprawling desert ranch south of Santa Fe is tied to a New Mexico state attorney general investigation targeting financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to reports.

News of the probe comes as Epstein, a 66-year-old registered sex offender in Florida and New York, faces new charges of sex trafficking underage girls in an indictment Manhattan federal prosecutors obtained last week.

Also drawing scrutiny is a New Mexico law that allowed Epstein to avoid having to register as a sex offender in the state.

“New Mexico continues to lag behind the rest of the country in strengthening outdated and weak laws that fail to protect our children from abuse,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas told The Associated Press in an emailed statement. “This is a huge black eye for our state.”

LABOR SECRETARY ACOSTA ANNOUNCES HE WILL STEP DOWN, AMID CRITICISM OVER EPSTEIN PLEA DEAL

A Balderas spokesman confirmed his office had interviewed possible victims of Epstein who visited the ranch, the AP reported. The office has not said how many accusers were interviews or elaborated on what they say took place at the property.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in Stanley, N.M. is shown Monday, July 8, 2019. Epstein is entangled in two legal fights that span the East Coast, challenging his underage sexual abuse victims in a Florida court hours after he was indicted on sex trafficking charges in a separate case in New York. (KRQE via AP)

In a 2015 court filing in Florida, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Epstein said she had been abused at several locations, including the New Mexico property, according to the AP.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution under an agreement that required him to spend 13 months in jail and register as a sex offender. The agreement has been widely criticized for secretly ending a federal sex abuse investigation involving at least 40 teenage girls at the time that could have landed him behind bars for life.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN PAID $350G TO POTENTIAL WITNESSES IN SEX TRAFFICKING CASE, PROSECUTORS SAY

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he’s stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of the 2008 deal with Epstein. Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw the non-prosecution agreement.

Epstein purchased Zorro Ranch from the family of former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King years ago.

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This March 28, 2017 image provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. The wealthy financier pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York on Monday, July 8, 2019, to sex trafficking charges following his arrest over the weekend. Epstein will have to remain behind bars until his bail hearing on July 15. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)

In 2010, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety sent Epstein a letter saying he had to register as a sex offender and then sent a second letter a month later saying that he did not have to register, KOAT-TV reported.

Epstein wasn’t required to register because the age of the victim in the Florida prostitution case involved a girl who was 17 and the rules are different for that offense in New Mexico, according to the station.

He would have been required to register if the victim was 16 or younger, according to reports.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges.

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A judge will hear his application for bail on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nursing assistant caught on video raping disabled care-home resident: prosecutors

A Seattle nursing assistant was arrested earlier this month for allegedly repeatedly raping a 50-year-old disabled woman in his care at an assisted living facility, according to reports.

Nshimiyiana O. Hamzat, 29, was charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape and indecent liberties after he was caught by a hidden camera placed in the room by the victim’s family, Seattle’s KIRO-TV reported.

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The family reported the assaults to police and installed the camera after the victim told them she was being abused by Hamzat.

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“The camera captured the defendant sexually assaulting her twice a day, on two different days. The videos did not capture the totality of the sexual abuse the victim suffered at the hands of the defendant,” prosecutors wrote in charging documents, according to KIRO.

Hamzat denied any wrongdoing and even after he was shown an alleged rape on video he claimed he was doing patient care.

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He was booked into the King County Jail on July 3. His bail is set at $200,000, KIRO reported.

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Joy Behar says Alex Acosta can now defend R. Kelly: ‘He has the skill set’

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“The View” host Joy Behar tore into Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Friday’s episode, joking that his retirement would allow him to move onto to defending another alleged sex offender.

“He’s kind of free to defend R.Kelly now, isn’t he?” Behar asked, referring to the singer arrested Thursday on child pornography and other charges. “He has the skill set.”

Co-host Meghan McCain seemed slightly disturbed, remarking, “Oh God…” When Behar asked McCain if she was too rough, McCain didn’t respond.

ALEX ACOSTA’S CONNECTION TO JEFFREY EPSTEIN SCANDAL EXPLAINED

“The View” hosts have been critical of Acosta, calling for his resignation amid news that Jeffrey Epstein faced an indictment on sex trafficking charges. Acosta has been accused of giving Epstein a “sweetheart” plea deal in 2008 when he was a U.S. attorney in Miami, Florida.

Co-host Sunny Hostin, for example, accused Acosta of allowing “new victims to be victimized.” Acosta announced his resignation on Friday morning while appearing alongside President Donald Trump.

“Over the last week, I’ve seen a lot of coverage about the Department of Labor,” Acosta said, noting news headlines have been focusing on the Epstein scandal — “I do not think it is right and fair to this administration’s Labor Department to have Epstein as the focus rather than the incredible economy that we have today.”

“And so I called the President this morning. I told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside,” he added.

‘VIEW’ HOSTS CALL FOR ALEXANDER ACOSTA’S RESIGNATION OVER EPSTEIN DEAL: ALLOWED ‘NEW VICTIMS TO BE VICTIMIZED’

Co-host Ana Navarro said that she hoped Acosta’s resignation wouldn’t be the end of his legal troubles. “He needs to be held accountable and we need answers,” she said.

President Trump, on Twitter, praised Acosta and called out the way the press treated him.

“Alex Acosta informed me this morning that he felt the constant drumbeat of press about a prosecution which took place under his watch more than 12 years ago was bad for the Administration, which he so strongly believes in, and he graciously tendered his resignation,” he said. According to Trump, Acosta’s deputy, Pat Pizzella, will replace him.

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Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Brooke Singman contirbuted to this report.

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USC gynecologist charged with abuse sold photos and videos of girls he met in hotel rooms while abroad, prosecutor says

A former University of Southern California gynecologist charged with sexually assaulting girls during exams also sold photos and videos of girls he met in his hotel room while traveling overseas, a Los Angeles prosecutor alleged Tuesday, according to a report.

George Tyndall was charged last month with abusing 16 women who visited the USC clinic between 2009 and 2016. The alleged victims were between 17 and 29 years old. He has been accused of unnecessary touching, taking inappropriate photos of women’s genitalia and making sexually suggestive comments during exams.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge reduced Tyndall’s bail Tuesday from $2.1 million to $1.6 million because of his lack of criminal history. The prosecutor tried to persuade the judge to raise his bail back to $2.1 million, claiming he is a flight risk and a danger to society, The Los Angeles Times reported.

FORMER USC GYNECOLOGIST GEORGE TYNDALL CHARGED IN SEX ASSAULTS OF 16 PATIENTS

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The University of Southern California faces several lawsuits over its failure to address complaints from campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who was accused last week of harassment and racial discrimination. (USC)

If Tyndall was able to film girls in his hotel room, “he can certainly do it in his bedroom,” the prosecutor said. He also noted Tyndall makes frequent trips to the Philippines, The LA Times reported.

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Two of the 16 alleged victims also spoke to the judge about keeping his bail at $2.1 million. Knowing “that he is somewhere out there will haunt me,” Jane Doe 6 wrote in a statement read to the judge. “Please do not make my nightmare a reality.”

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New York woman says she was drugged, raped, thrown from balcony at Dominican Republic resort: report

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A New York woman was allegedly drugged, raped, and thrown from the second-story balcony while vacationing in the Dominican Republic last month, according to a report.

The Staten Island resident, whose identity has not been released, told ABC7 the assault left her with a damaged spine, a slashed hand, and internal trauma from the rape.

She said she was likely drugged while talking with another couple at a poolside bar at the Ocean Blue and Sand in Punta Cana where she was staying, the report said. The resort did not comment on the alleged incident when reached by ABC7.

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She added that a man, with whom she’d shared a few drinks, took her to a room against her will and raped her before throwing her from the room’s balcony, according to the report.

“People go on vacation,” she said. “They put their guard down half of the time. They are trying to relax, but I want people to know, you can’t have your guard down. You always have to be careful. It could happen at any time. This didn’t happen at night time. This happened in broad day.”

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A couple was arrested on charges of sexual assault, attempted murder, violence against, and robbery, ABC7 reported. They’ve since been released after each paid a $1,000 bail, the report said.

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James Patterson: Epstein case worse than Weinstein, Cosby, others during #MeToo era

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Jeffrey Epstein alleged crimes are worse than Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and comedian Bill Cosby, and arguably the worst of the #MeToo era, according to best-selling author James Patterson.

Patterson, who wrote the book on Epstein — Filthy Rich: The Billionaire’s Sex Scandal–The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein, discussed the disgraced financiers accused acts during an interview on “The Daily Briefing” on Tuesday.

Epstein was charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s. He pleaded not guilty on Monday in New York City federal court.

“It’s horrifying… these are girls, allegedly hundreds of girls,” Patterson told host Dana Perino while discussing the charges against Epstein. The veteran author then told Perino he had been told personally that President Trump kicked Epstein out of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after learning of an alleged incident with a staff member.

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“There were some complaints about Epstein at Mar-a-Lago,” he said. “I spoke to the head of the sap there. I said, ‘did you ever meet Epstein?’ She said, ‘oh yes… he was inappropriate with some of the younger women there.’

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“She said she went to Trump and he threw him out of the club.”

Patterson told Perino that hundreds of people have come up to him and thanked him for writing his book “Filthy Rich” on Epstein. The author also speculated that Epstein would get significant time behind bars, saying: I would be surprised if Epstein didn’t spend a fair amount of time in jail.”

Epstein’s case has created a flurry of media coverage and prompted questions about the president and others’ relationships with the accused sex offender.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump said he was “not a fan” of Epstein, despite making comments in the past praising the wealthy hedge fund manager.

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During a meeting in the Oval Office with the emir of Qatar, the president was asked about his relationship with the 66-year-old.

“I know him, just like everybody in Palm Beach knew him,” Trump said. “People in Palm Beach knew him. He was a fixture in Palm Beach.”

“I had a falling out with him a long time ago,” Trump continued. “I don’t think I’ve spoken to him in 15 years. I was not a fan. I was not a fan of his. That I can tell you. I was not a fan.”

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Back in 2002, when New York Magazine was profiling Epstein, Trump touted their relationship.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump reportedly said. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

Epstein and Trump were said to have been friends—something the president’s legal team has denied.

Epstein was also once friends with former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew.

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Clinton, on Monday, released a statement acknowledging that he had taken a total of four trips on Epstein’s private jet, but said he “knows nothing” about the “terrible crimes” linked to Epstein.

Separately, claims in court showed that Trump may have flown on the jet at least once as well.

On “Daily Briefing,” Patterson said nobody knew of Epstein’s alleged crimes, despite him being a well-known figure.

“Nobody knew. You can’t do something like that. If anybody knows — I have friends in town right now. They live on the street. They didn’t know. They lived two houses away,” he said.

The best-selling author then said he believes Clinton did not know, and he “knows Trump didn’t know.”

Epstein was charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s. Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday in New York City federal court.

“The victims described herein were as young as 14 years old at the time they were abused…and were, for various reasons, often particularly vulnerable to exploitation,” prosecutors wrote in court documents. “Epstein intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18.”

Epstein allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other underage girls.

Prosecutors also allege Epstein “worked and conspired with others, including employees and associates” who helped facilitate his conduct by contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with the 66-year-old at his mansion in New York City and Palm, Beach, Fla.

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Victims would be paid hundreds of dollars in cash by either Epstein or one of his associates or employees, according to prosecutors. The 66-year-old also allegedly “incentivized his victims” to become recruiters by paying the victim-recruiters hundreds of dollars for each girl brought to him.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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