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Child sex abuse lawsuits filed in New York

More than 400 child sex abuse lawsuits have been filed across New York on the first day of a new one-year window for older molestation cases.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people had been expected to sue as the state allowed molestation lawsuits that had been blocked by the statute of limitations.

By 5 pm on Wednesday, 427 lawsuits had been filed.

The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and the estate of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein are among the defendants facing lawsuits.

State lawmakers extended the statute of limitations this year for new victims and gave those with older abuse claims one year to sue their abusers or institutions or businesses that employed them.

New York's old statute of limitations was among America's most restrictive.

© AP 2019