JEFFREY Epstein is “very similar” to fellow paedo Jimmy Savile who used his wealth and charity work to hide his horrific sex crimes, a lawyer for his victims has claimed.

Billionaire Epstein this week pleaded not guilty to child sex trafficking charges in New York and could face 45 years in prison if found guilty.

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Jeffrey Epstein was charged with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking

And attorney Spencer Kuvin, who represents three of Epstein’s accusers, says he “sees lots of similarities” between the banker and shamed British TV star Savile.

He told The Sun Online: “For many years Savile was a large benefactor and he gave to a lot of different charities and used his money to make it look like from the outside he was a good person and he was doing good things.

“Epstein was doing the same thing.

“He worked a lot with Bill Clinton’s foundation in Africa to assist people with Aids and other non-profit foundations.

“Like Mr Savile, Mr Epstein was using his wealth to try and make himself look good when the dark reality was he was abusing young girls for many years.

“So there is an interesting connection between the two.”

Like Mr Savile, Mr Epstein was using his wealth to try and make himself look good when the dark reality was he was abusing young girls for many years

The 66-year-old financier is accused of recruiting girls – some aged as young as 14 – and sexually abusing them at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida.

He counted powerful people such as Donald Trump and the Clintons as his friends while carrying out the child abuse.

Sir Jimmy Savile, who was said to be close to Prince Charles and ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, is believed to have sexually assaulted over 100 children and women while raising millions for charity.

And while the cigar-chomping Top of the Pops host evaded arrest before dying in 2011 – Epstein only served 13 months in prison when he was previously convicted of child abuse in 2008.

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Sir Jimmy Savile used his influence and charity work to deflect from his horrific sex crimes[/caption]

Mr Kuvin has called for a wide-ranging investigation into Epstein – much like the Scotland Yard probe into Savile which began a year after his death.

The lawyer believes that others must have helped the financier maintain the alleged “vast network of underage victims.”

He said: “I hope they start doing a similar inquiry into Epstein and who has been helping to cover up his crimes.

“I hope they start doing it now and really start finding out who was behind all of the cover ups and all of his co-conspirators that were helping him keep these secrets for all these years – more than 15 years.

“There has to be others that knew and kept these secrets for him – like with Savile.”

Kuvin says the three victims that he represents – including Jane Doe 1 who was the first to go to police in Palm Beach and spark the initial investigation – are still affected daily by the alleged abuse.

He said they were “angry and frustrated” that Epstein was handed such a short sentence in 2008.

Mr Kuvin said: “These women are still affected by what Mr Epstein did to them without a doubt.

“None of my clients want their names out there – it’s still a stain on their past history and they don’t want to have to relive this unless they absolutely know it’s going to make a difference.

“It affects them everyday it affects their relationships with men and husbands it affects everything abut their lives going forward.

“When you abuse a child it forever creates that scar on their persona.”

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Epstein pictured with Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, in 1997.
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