In February, the Justice Department opened its own internal review into the matter. Eric Holland, the deputy assistant secretary of labor for public affairs, said Acosta had no comment. Accusations of sexual predation have dogged Epstein for decades. Until his arrest Saturday, his case had been held up as a prime example of how insulated, powerful men can escape accountability. Epstein, a hedge fund manager, avoided the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence, largely because of a secret agreement his lawyers struck with federal prosecutors in His social circle is filled with the rich and famous, including former president Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew of Britain.