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Accusations against Epstein 'horrendous': McConnell

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Published on July 9, 2019 - Duration: 00:38s

Accusations against Epstein 'horrendous': McConnell

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called sex trafficking allegations against uber-wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein "horrendous," but did not weigh in on whether Labor Secretary Alex Acosta should resign for his role in a controversial plea deal with Epstein in 2008.

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Accusations against Epstein 'horrendous': McConnell

On Monday, U.S. prosecutors in New York accused Epstein, 66, of sex trafficking in an indictment that detailed how he lured dozens of girls, some as young as 14, to his luxury homes and coerced them into performing sex acts.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutors said they were not bound by the 2008 Florida deal struck by Acosta, then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, that allowed Epstein to plea to a lesser offense.

Epstein served 13 months in jail with leave during the day and registered as a sex offender.

Epstein's case drew renewed attention earlier this year after a Miami Herald report highlighted the plea deal and victims' ongoing struggle for justice.

In February, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the agreement between Acosta and Epstein violated the victims' rights.

Democratic lawmakers have called for Acosta's resignation.

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