Award-winning Miami Herald investigative journalist Julie K. Brown’s bombshell reporting sparked the investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s underage sex trafficking operation that finally brought him to justice. Brown sits down with Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig to discuss her new book, “Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story,” which chronicles the powerful people and broken system that failed to stop Epstein for nearly two decades.

Highlights

Investigative journalist Julie K. Brown says she was shocked by how much the victims were kept in the dark about the deal that was negotiated between Jeffrey Epstein and the prosecutors. “It showed that there was a concerted effort to keep this story, to keep this crime, to contain it, really.” (Washington Post Live)
Investigative journalist Julie K. Brown says Jeffrey Epstein hired lawyers who had connections with the prosecution, making the deal he received possible. “These prosecutors, before they knew who Jeffrey Epstein was, they were gung-ho about going after this case. It was only after they found out who he was, and that Epstein hired all these high-powered lawyers and he had a method where he hired lawyers that all had connection wot the prosecutors. They were like a boys club, practically, of a dream team.” (Washington Post Live)
Investigative journalist Julie K. Brown says there are a lot of things that don’t make sense about Jeffrey Epstein’s death, including the strength he would need to commit suicide in the way authorities described and the chance that two guards would be asleep or distracted at the time of his death. “When people ask me, I say I really seriously doubt that he did commit suicide, at least without assistance…It’s just too crazy. I mean, there’s just too many things that don’t make sense.” (Washington Post Live)

Julie K. Brown

Julie K. Brown is an award-winning investigative journalist with the Miami Herald. Her pursuit of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking story re-opened the case ten years after Epstein wrangled a secret plea bargain from then Miami U.S. Attorney Secretary Alex Acosta. Her series in the Herald led to the federal indictments of Epstein and his partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, the resignation of Acosta as Labor Secretary and millions of dollars in compensation paid to his victims. For her reporting on Epstein, Brown was awarded the Hillman Prize for Journalism in the Common Good, the Reporter’s Committee Freedom of the Press Award, the Women’s Media Center Investigative Journalism Award, PEN America’s Dan Eldon Voice of Courage Award, the National Press Club’s Neil and Susan Sheehan award and a George Polk Award for the Justice Reporting.

Her previous investigative work, the 2014 series “Cruel and Unusual” exposed abuses and brutality in the Florida prison system, especially against mentally impaired inmates, prompting a federal investigation by the Department of Justice. For “Cruel and Unusual,” she was awarded the George Polk Award for Justice Reporting and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

Brown lives in Hollywood, Florida.