Jes Staley must face JP Morgan's lawsuit tied to Jeffrey Epstein, judge rules
Staley's over 30-year tenure at JPMorgan ended in 2013
A judge issued a decision Wednesday about whether the Jeffrey Epstein-related lawsuit filed by JPMorgan Chase against Jes Staley can proceed.
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ruled against the former bank executive, saying the case that dates back to early March will not be tossed out and can move forward. The reasoning used in his decision on the matter will come "in due course," he said.
Staley, who worked at JPMorgan from 1979 to 2013, had submitted his motion to dismiss in April. The JPMorgan Chase lawsuit made allegations that during his employment at the bank, Staley protected Epstein.
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Epstein’s 15-years as a JPMorgan client ran from 1998 to 2013.
In 2020, Staley said he "deeply regret[s] having any relationship with Jeffrey," adding, "Obviously I thought I knew him well and I didn’t," according to the Associated Press.
In addition to saying he regretted the relationship, Staley has denied knowing about Epstein’s crimes and accused JPMorgan of making him a fall guy for its supervisory failures.
The bank is seeking for Staley to cover losses that it could potentially wrack up in two other lawsuits and to get back the compensation it paid him from 2006 to 2013.
FOX Business reached out to a lawyer for Staley for comment.
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Late last year, the U.S. Virgin Islands sued JPMorgan Chase on claims the bank "knowingly facilitated, sustained, and concealed the human trafficking network operated by Jeffrey Epstein from his home and base in the Virgin Islands, and financially benefitted from this participation, directly or indirectly, by failing to comply with federal banking regulations," as previously reported by FOX Business.
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JPMorgan has also made allegations against the U.S. Virgin Islands, claiming Tuesday in a filing that the territory was "complicit in the crimes" of Epstein.
For the second one, the bank faces accusations from Epstein accusers in the form of a class action lawsuit.
"Epstein’s behavior was monstrous and his victims deserve justice," a JPMorgan Chase spokesperson told FOX Business on Wednesday. "In hindsight, any association with him was a mistake and we regret it, but we did not help him commit his heinous crimes."
Prior to Epstein’s death in 2019, he was facing one charge of sex-trafficking minors and one of conspiracy to engage in sex-trafficking minors that he was supposed to go to trial for. His death, ruled a suicide, took place Aug. 10, 2019 in jail.
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Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of Epstein’s, received 20 years of imprisonment last year for charges in connection to the crimes the deceased financier was accused of. She has launched efforts to appeal her conviction.
Reuters, Breck Dumas and Ken Martin contributed to this report