The sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein is officially over.
A judge signed off Thursday on prosecutors’ request to close the case against the perverted financier because he killed himself on Aug. 10 at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan.
Judge Richard Berman signaled he would approve the request during an emotional hearing on Tuesday in which over a dozen of Epstein’s victims spoke in Manhattan Federal Court. They said Epstein had used his wealth and political connections to dodge justice for years while abusing dozens of underage girls.
The judge wrote in his order that the proceeding “underscores the significance of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.” A federal judge in Florida ruled earlier this year that the rights of Epsteins’ victims were violated in 2008 when then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta failed to notify them about the sex offender’s lenient non-prosecution agreement.