- JPMorgan settles for $75 million with U.S. Virgin Islands over Epstein allegations.
- Bank introduces rigorous measures to combat potential human trafficking activities.
- Settlement avoids a looming October trial, shedding light on banks' responsibility against trafficking.
JPMorgan Chase has reached a $75 million settlement following accusations from the U.S. Virgin Islands that the bank had a hand in aiding and profiting from Jeffrey Epstein’s misdeeds involving young women. While the bank hasn't admitted any faults, a large portion of the settlement—$55 million—will be directed towards charities in the Virgin Islands and initiatives aimed at combating human trafficking. The Virgin Islands will use another $20 million to offset their legal fees.
In a move to further rectify its association with Epstein, the bank has taken several notable steps. They've pledged to create more robust measures to identify and combat potential human trafficking activities. This includes introducing comprehensive policies and initiatives that will deter any future associations with such heinous activities. The Virgin Islands plans to utilize $10 million from the settlement to set up a mental health fund specifically for Epstein's victims.
On a related note, JPMorgan has also settled with Jes Staley, an ex-executive of the bank and an acquaintance of Epstein. This settlement addresses JPMorgan’s claims that Staley might be liable for any damages related to litigation linked with Epstein. The specifics of this deal, however, remain under wraps.
JPMorgan expressed its profound regret over its past association with Epstein, who was a client for 15 years, ending in 2013. Highlighting the severity of the case, Virgin Islands Attorney General Ariel Smith pointed out that this was the first instance of a bank being legally challenged for profiting from human trafficking. Smith emphasized that the settlement isn't just a win for the survivors but also serves as a stern reminder for Wall Street to remain vigilant against human trafficking.
It's worth noting that this isn't JPMorgan's first payment related to Epstein's misdeeds. A few months ago, they settled for $290 million with Epstein’s victims in a separate case. This recent settlement, just like the previous one, allows JPMorgan to evade a trial that was slated for October 23. Amidst all this, court documents and hearings have repeatedly cast the bank in an unfavorable light, particularly since Epstein's arrest and subsequent death in 2019.
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