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Lawyers representing alleged sexual assault victims of Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein have filed a motion in West Palm Beach federal court to compel U.S. prosecutors to withdraw a secret deal not to prosecute him.

The filing comes as Epstein is making headlines in Great Britain for hobnobbing socially with Prince Edwards.

Epstein served 13 months of an 18-month prison sentence for soliciting a minor. As part of his deal to plead guilty to a state charge, the U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed in 2007 not to prosecute Epstein.

The motion was filed to re-start litigation that had stalled while civil lawsuits were resolved with confidential settlements on behalf of teen-aged girls who said they were assaulted by Epstein.

The motion alleges that prosecutors violated the Crime Victims Rights Act to confer with prosecutors about the case and to be told about the agreement not to prosecute.

“Rather than confer with the victims about this non-prosecution agreement, however, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Jeffrey Epstein agreed to a ‘confidentiality’ provision in the agreement barring its disclosure to anyone — including the victims,” according to the pleading.

Joseph L. Ackerman Jr., an attorney for Fowler White Burnett who is Epstein’s criminal defense lawyer, did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.

John Pacenti can be reached at (305) 347-6638.

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