Shocking twist: Epstein victim found dead in hotel room just weeks before $290M JP Morgan payout. Mother demands answers.
A Jeffrey Epstein victim whose testimony helped put Ghislaine Maxwell away was found dead in May in a Hotel bedroom from what authorities maintain was an accidental overdose of narcotics, however, her mother is adamant that there is more to the story and is demanding answers from police and the justice department.
There were few announcements of Carolyn Adriano's death in late May. Police were called to the DoubleTree by Hilton in West Palm Beach, Florida, around 7:45 am on May 23 for Adriano's reported overdose.
Reports say she went to sleep the night before with her husband, John Pitts, and her kids in the room. When they woke up, Adriano was naked and unresponsive in bed. Police found a crack pipe, a small baggie with a white residue and a needle in her purse, according to The Daily Beast. Pitts tried to give her CPR before police arrived.
Investigators determined Adriano died from an 'accidental overdose' and the police investigation would be closed this week, according to police spokesman Mike Jachles, The Daily Beast reported.
A toxicology report noted Adriano had methadone, fentanyl and alprazolam in her system when she died. However, her mother has said there needs to be more investigation. She claimed vodka bottles were found in the room, but her daughter didn't have any alcohol in her system.
'Nobody's giving me any answers, and you know what? I'm over it,' Dorothy Groener told The Daily Beast. 'Because this is my daughter, and she deserves justice. She got to a point where she was turning her whole life around.'
While other relatives have blasted the mom's claims - and note the mom-of-five's history of drug abuse and the drug paraphernalia found in her hotel room - questions linger over her passing.
Her death comes just three weeks before JPMorgan Chase reached a lawsuit settlement with the sexual abuse victims of Jeffrey Epstein reportedly to be $290 Million. Carolyn Adriano would have been in-ine for a substantial part of that settlement if she had lived to see it.
David Boies, one of the lead lawyers for the victims, said the bank was prepared to pay $290 million to resolve the lawsuit. The parties initially had agreed not to disclose the settlement amount in their joint statement, as it was set to be included in a court filing within the next week.
The proposed deal would have settled a lawsuit filed last November in Manhattan federal court by an unidentified woman on behalf of victims who were sexually abused by Mr. Epstein over a roughly 15-year period when they were teenage girls and young women, the suit said. The number of victims could potentially rise to more than 100.
JPMorgan provided banking services for Mr. Epstein from roughly 1998 to 2013 — a period in which, the federal authorities and victims have said, some of the worst conduct was committed by the financier, who had palatial homes in Manhattan, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, New Mexico and Paris.
The bank reiterated on Monday what it had said a number of times before about how Mr. Epstein committed “heinous crimes” and “any association with him was a mistake and we regret it.”
It is unknown, at this point, if Carolyn Adriano's share of the $290 million will be shared out between the surviving victims or if it is an unexpected saving for the bank.