“A very important principle governing various dioceses in Manhattan and Long Island is the fear that if the statute reopens and there are people who have not participated earlier and signed a publication in this program, some of the allegations may be resolved the courthouse will enter with a $ 5 million or $ 2 million demand, “Feinberg told backcountry church leaders. “At the moment, we haven’t paid more than $ 500,000 in debt, no matter how terrible.”
Biros, who also participated in the appeal, said that although the Fund boasted of its independence and said Biros and Feinberg had “complete autonomy” in their settlement decisions – they were in contact with the Church in the implementation of their programs.
“I just want everyone to be aware that as soon as we adopt and implement the program, there will be an open dialogue with the diocese,” Biros said according to the transcript during the call. “We talk to New York, Brooklyn, and now Rockville Center all the time. When we have questions about the priests, the files, the plaintiff, they are an incredible source for us. “
Feinberg and Biros didn’t respond to questions about the ABC News story.
When asked about her relationship with the Epstein estate, Feldman – the fund manager – said that she operated independently of the Epstein estate and took steps to ensure the estate was not involved in the fund, e.g. Epstein victims.
“I understand the skepticism, I was also skeptical at first. When I was offered the position of administrator, complete administrator independence was a key element I insisted on, ”Feldman said. “I had complete autonomy over the program and insisted that the estate had no authority to interfere in claims decisions.”
“My credibility is why I am hired on these programs.” Feldman added.
There was one thing, Feldman said over which she had no autonomy: the scope of the release, signed by women who accepted settlements and pledged not to sue Epstein’s estate or any people he employed in his alleged sex trafficking ring.
The number of people who could be shielded from future lawsuits could be long. Women who have accepted money could not sue Maxwell, who is expected to be tried later this year for her alleged role in Epstein’s company, according to one complainant. Maxwell has been accused of recruiting women for Epstein and intermittently participating in forced sexual encounters with them.
Other former Epstein allies may still see cash from his estate, which was estimated to hold an estimated $ 190 million at the end of June, but whose beneficiaries are still unknown.
A judicial record of the Epstein estate after his death listed only one person – his brother Mark – as a possible beneficiary of Epstein’s money if he had not left a will. But Epstein had signed a will just days before his death that placed all of his money in a trust whose beneficiaries are secret. Two Epstein attorneys, Indyke and Kahn, are estate administrators and – although former acquaintances speculate about friends or former romantic partners whom Epstein may have sought to reward – it is not known who will receive his money.
At the time of his death, Epstein’s fortune was overwhelming: he owned $ 194,986,301 in “hedge funds and private equity investments,” valued at $ 18,551,700 in “aerospace facilities, cars and boats,” real estate in Paris, Palm Beach, New Mexico and the Virgin Islands, and its historic seven-story, 21,000-square-foot townhouse on the Upper East Side, which is valued at nearly $ 56 million according to a Virgin Islands probate balance sheet. His personal possessions, which also included works of art by Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne, had yet to be valued according to a court report.