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December 20, 2018 | 8:29pm
Jeffrey EpsteinPatrick McMullan via Getty Images JEFFREY EPSTEIN
Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has settled yet another lawsuit — this time with a woman who claimed she was recruited by the renowned pedophile as a sex slave more than a decade ago.
The woman, Sarah Ransome, sued Epstein and alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell in Manhattan federal court last year for forcing her into sex acts in 2006 and 2007, when she was in her 20s.
She more recently claimed they directed her to have sex with Epstein’s powerful friends, including notable lawyer and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, the Miami Herald reported.
Ransome, who now lives in Barcelona, withdrew the lawsuit on Thursday due to the settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed.
“We are pleased with the settlement. It provides as much compensation as money can provide for the horrific damage done by sex trafficking,” said her lawyer, David Boies.
Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager, is a registered sex offender tied to his 2008 conviction for soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. Before his conviction and since, he has been accused of sexually abusing dozens of mostly underage girls at his mansion in Palm Beach.
Dershowitz represented Epstein in the 2008 plea deal with Florida federal prosecutors that resulted in 13 months in jail.
On Thursday, he denied Ransome’s allegations.
“Of course she didn’t have sex with me. I never had sex with anyone except my wife,” Dershowitz told The Post. “I’ve never met this woman, I don’t know her, I never heard of her. She just made it up completely.”
Ransome’s lawsuit said Epstein and Maxwell promised her paid tuition to the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan in exchange for her “continued sexual cooperation with Epstein,” the complaint said.
“Each time she was so instructed she was also required to perform a sexual act with Epstein,” court papers said.
Earlier this month, Epstein settled another lawsuitbrought against him by Bradley Edwards, the Florida-based lawyer who represents many of his alleged child victims.
As part of the deal, Epstein apologized for making up accusations against Edwards in his own suit against the lawyer.
That settlement came a day before the case was set to begin trial in West Palm Beach, Fla. — which likely would have included embarrassing testimony about Epstein, who has hosted former President Bill Clinton, the UK’s Prince Andrew and other prominent men at his own private Caribbean island.
Epstein and Maxwell were first sued over their alleged sex trafficking ring in 2015 by Virginia Roberts, who claimed she began working as their sex slave when she was 15.