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(CBS Local)– Attorney Brad Edwards spent years battling Jeffrey Epstein. He’s represented more than 50 women who say they were sexually abused by the convicted sex offender. Now, in his new Simon & Schuster book, “Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein,” Edwards details his encounters with Epstein, the role that Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly had in Epstein’s sex scandal, and why it took so long to bring Epstein to justice.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 16: Brad Edwards, lawyer for Courtney Wild (L), who claims she was abused by Jeffrey Epstein when she was a minor, speaks at a news conference. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

“2008 was the first time that I had ever heard Jeffrey Epstein’s name,” said Edwards in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “I had a friend who said there’s a young girl named Courtney Wild, who wants to an attorney that understands crime victim’s rights. Courtney came in and it was one of those days that you remember like it was yesterday. She told me that she was abused, beginning when she was 14 years old by this powerful billionaire in Palm Beach. Now she starts explaining that it wasn’t just her, it was her friends and this massive sexual abuse ring that he had created.”

The attorney fought for a long time in his representation of women like Wild and was even sued by Epstein himself. Edwards says all of this took over his world for over a decade before Epstein was finally arrested on charges of sex trafficking in New York and Florida in July 2019.


“In 2019, we were finally able to work with the prosecutors in New York in a very undercover operation,” said Edwards. “It was me and many of my clients and by this point, I’ve represented 58 victims. We are finally able to bring him to justice and he’s arrested. He’s going to be held accountable and then he escapes once again by committing suicide, which really hurt myself and the victims and everybody who had fought all this time.”

Last month, Epstein’s former girlfriend and confidant Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested on charges related to serial sexual abuse by Epstein. Maxwell is a name that Edwards has known about for a long time.

“She was a name that came up early, just by doing an basic research on Jeffrey Epstein,” said Edwards. “You learn that this was his girlfriend for this whole period of the 90s. But, more than that, there was a complaint filed by Jane Doe 102. She at the time was represented by a different lawyer. In her complaint, she detailed being recruited when she was underage by Ghislaine Maxwell. She was trafficked and traveled around the world and was made to engage in these sex acts from the time she was 16 or 17 years old with not only Jeffrey Epstein, but some of his friends. The beginning of the Florida spider web of victims began with Ghislaine Maxwell’s recruitment of Jane Doe 102, who we learned was Virginia Roberts. In addition to being his girlfriend, she [Maxwell] was also someone that was introducing him to other girls he liked for sexual purposes, many of whom were underage. She is not responsible for every one of his victims, but she is responsible for creating the monster that everybody learned Jeffrey Epstein to be.”

One of the other fascinating twists of this story was the in-person meetings that took place between Epstein and Edwards. The meetings were perplexing to Edwards for several reasons.

“That’s something I thought was really important for people to understand,” said Edwards. A lot of people looked at this case and said these victims should’ve known what they were doing, almost like it was their fault. I was going into these meetings with the perspective of I know he’s molested 100 underage girls. I know the bad things he’s done and I know he’s sued me personally, making all kinds of false claims and still, I would sit at a table with him and two minutes into the conversation I found him so interesting and so engaging. He was somewhat funny and then you say wait I have to remind myself that this guy is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

“Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein” is available now wherever books are sold.

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New book reveals Gen. Mark Milley sought to fight his commander in chief

Former Secretary of Defense and CIA chief Robert Gates is quoted as having told Milley: "Keep the chiefs on board with you and make it clear to the White House that if you go they all go, so that the White House knows ... this is about the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff quitting in response."

Milley ultimately decided he would not quit and told his staff, "I'll just fight him."

Qualifying Trump's agenda, including withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Germany, and Africa, as "damage," he determined to prevent the president from realizing his goals. "If they want to court-martial me, or put me in prison, have at it," Milley is quoted as having told his staff, adding: "But I will fight from the inside."

Just as Milley had telegraphed his intention not to execute possible orders from the president regarding action against America's Chinese communist adversaries, he similarly notified Democrats "that he would not go along with any further efforts by the president to deploy the machinery of war for domestic political ends."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer were among those he so notified.

According to Baker and Glasser, "[Former Defense Secretary Mark] Esper and Milley found new purpose in waiting out the President. They resisted him throughout the summer."

This book preview suggests that Milley, unelected, then all but set American foreign and domestic policy, having assigned himself four goals, including: "First, make sure Trump did not start an unnecessary war overseas. Second, make sure the military was not used in the streets. ... Third, maintain the military's integrity."

Declan Leary suggested that these revelations amount to more evidence that Milley nearly mounted a military coup.

\u201cEvery few months we get more evidence that Mark Milley came within half an inch of staging a military coup in the United States, and everybody just acts like it's totally cool.\u201d — Declan Leary (@Declan Leary) 1659991321

When Bob Woodward's and Robert Costa's book "Peril" was first published, alleging that Milley offered his Chinese communist counterpart reassurances, legal scholar Jonathan Turley underlined on September 19, 2021, how "in a system based on civilian control of the military, there can be no blurring of the lines of authority. Good intentions are no defense."

In his reflection on Milley's conduct, Turley invoked Article 94 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice on mutiny or sedition, which reads: "(a) Any person subject to this chapter who — (1) with intent to usurp or override lawful military authority, refuses, in concern with any other person, to obey orders or otherwise do his duty or creates any violence or disturbance is guilty of mutiny; ... (3) fails to do his utmost to prevent and suppress a mutiny or sedition being committed in his presence, or fails to take all reasonable means to inform his superior commissioned officer or commanding officer of a mutiny or sedition which he knows or has reason to believe is taking place, is guilty of a failure to suppress or report a mutiny or sedition."

Attorney Will Chamberlain also thinks Milley overstepped and recommends a court martial.

\u201cI love how it says "the Constitution offered no practical guide to a general dealing with a rogue President."\n\nSure it did. Article II Section II makes the President Commander-in-Chief.\n\nMilley should genuinely be court-martialed over this crap\u201d — Will Chamberlain (@Will Chamberlain) 1659972625

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