An ex-Wall Street trader is suing the Daily News for mistakenly identifying him as scandalous billionaire sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein in photographs featured in several issues of the tabloid. Jeffrey Lederer, formerly a partner in the asset management firm Neuberger Berman, wants $12 million in damages from the News for libel, defamation and infliction of emotional distress. He claims the News exposed him to "public contempt, ridicule, aversion or disgrace," or invoked "an evil opinion ... in the minds of right-thinking persons," according to a Feb. 11 complaint filed in New York State Supreme Court. Lederer was identified as Epstein, who's lately been all over the tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic due to allegations that he and royal pal Prince Andrew were serviced by an underage "sex slave," in a photograph that ran in six issues of the News between Jan. 4 and Jan. 23, as well as with articles on nydailynews.com, according to the suit. [CapitalNY]
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