JPMorgan Chase & Co is seeking crucial legal documents from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg concerning a lawsuit filed by women who claim they were abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, as revealed by recent court records.
Court proceedings from May 16 reveal that Bragg participated in a telephonic conference call involving multiple stakeholders. The parties present included the lawyers representing the victims, representatives of JPMorgan, former JPMorgan private banking head Jes Staley, and delegates from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned property.
The presiding U.S. District Judge, Jed Rakoff, has ordered Bragg to provide JPMorgan with a privilege log by the end of the week. This log is essentially a detailed list of documents that JPMorgan is seeking, which Bragg is currently withholding. The specific motives behind Bragg’s involvement in this legal matter are yet to be clarified.
Communication attempts with both parties for comment have yielded no immediate response. This development follows the agreement of Deutsche Bank AG to pay $75 million to settle a similar lawsuit. The plaintiffs in that case accused the German bank of enabling Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking activities.