Kan Nawaday was featured on MSNBC on July 8, 2019, and on CNN on July 9, 2019, where he discussed Jeffrey Epstein's once-secret plea deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. Originally the subject of a 53-page federal indictment charging sex crimes that could have put him in federal prison for life, Epstein pleaded guilty to lesser state charges and was sentenced to 18 months' incarceration. The plea deal was struck without consultation with the victims.
"That is absolutely not normal. It is not what you are supposed to do as a prosecutor, especially when you have victims," said Nawaday. "There was a motto in the violent crimes unit at the Southern District of New York when I was there, and that motto was 'every victim counts.' You cannot do something like that in secret."
In July 2019, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York indicted Epstein on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy.