Jeffrey Epstein

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Biography

Controversies

Lenient prosecution

Human trafficking involvement

Elite pedophile ring

Blackmail allegations

Political connections

Democratic Party

Republican Party

Intelligence operatives

Related articles: Ghislaine Maxwell, Les Wexner, Mega Group, Adnan Khashoggi?, DynCorp?

Corporate connections

Les Wexner empire

Main article: Les Wexner

Financial firms

Modeling industry

Corporate media

Other businesses

  • Frederic Bourke - co-founder of fashion accessory company Dooney & Bourke; appears in Epstein's black book; was the neighbor of Viktor Kozeny in Aspen CO and part of his Azerbaijan oil privatization fraud scheme

See also

References

External links

Professional background

  • Initial contact with Les Wexner
    • From Ch.28 of Filthy Rich by James Patterson (2016):

      Robert Meister: 1985

      Robert Meister, the chairman of a giant insurance brokerage and consulting firm called Aon, met Jeffrey Epstein in the mid-eighties, aboard a flight from New York to Palm Beach. Both men were flying first class. Each one thought the other looked familiar. They talked in the course of that flight, and Meister filed the conversation away, only to recall it in 1989. At that time, Les Wexner, who was Meister's friend and a client of Meister's insurance company, was complaining to him about the people managing his money.
          Wexner was a billionaire, but for all his wealth, his finances were in a tangle. Maybe Epstein could help. And perhaps Epstein would also be grateful for the introduction. Hard as it is to believe, there's evidence to suggest that Epstein really had spent the last of his Bear Stearns bonus—along with his share of the money he'd recovered for Ana Obregón—and was broke, again, at the time.
       
    • Robert Meister and Aon background
      • New York Post, "MEET THE NEW MR. HILTON – PARTY BOY HAS A HISTORY WITH NICKY, BUT SOME PALS QUESTION THEIR FUTURE", 2004/08/17: "SURE, they wed on a whim. But they’re going to give their marriage a shot. That’s what one of Nicky Hilton’s friends said yesterday about the 20-year-old hotel heiress’ quickie Las Vegas wedding over the weekend to New York party pal Todd Meister, 33. [...] Meister has been a friend of the Hilton family since Paris and Nicky were kids, having grown up in their chichi Upper East Side and Hamptons milieu, thanks to his mega-rich dad, Robert Meister, the vice chairman of Aon Corporation, a global insurance brokerage. Todd Meister was a football star at posh Riverdale Country School, then got a business degree at Harvard and established a company in the mid ’90s to invest in Internet startups. They sold the company in 2000; now Todd works as a hedgefund manager." - note that Nicky Hilton later married James Rothschild to become Nicky Hilton Rothschild
      • CBS, "IT and life lessons from the South Tower", 2011/09/08: "Due to maintenance in the 103 floor data center on Sept. 8-9, the data tapes for Aon Consulting ran cleanly and were taken offsite on Monday morning. We were lucky to have those backups as Tuesday was a very different day."
      • Chicago Business, "Aon subpoenaed over Trump Organization insurance", 2019/03/05: "New York’s insurance regulator issued a subpoena to the Trump Organization’s primary insurance broker, a person familiar with the matter said. It came just days after President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney testified to Congress that the president’s company sometimes misrepresented the value of its assets to insurance companies. The subpoena, from New York’s Department of Financial Services, asks Aon Plc for details about its relationship with the Trump Organization and Trump himself, the person said. [...] In a December 2007 deposition, Trump identified an Aon insurance broker named Pamela Newman as one of his company’s insurance contacts. Newman, who didn’t respond to requests for comment, donated thousands of dollars to Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Make America Great super PAC that supported his candidacy, federal election records show. When lenders “see Pam is involved, they feel much more comfortable,” Trump said in a November 2011 television interview that identified Trump as one of Newman’s biggest clients."
  • New York Times, "Home Sweet Elsewhere", 1996/01/11: "Such is the fate of one of Manhattan's largest town houses, a majestic stone mansion at 9 East 71st Street. Possessing some 21,000 square feet, the house was recently the uninhabited domain of Leslie H. Wexner, the founding chairman of the Limited Inc., the retailing company. Mr. Wexner bought the house in 1989 for $13.2 million and lavished tens of millions on renovations, art and furnishings. [...] When asked how long Mr. Wexner had occupied the property, Jeffrey Epstein, his protege and one of his financial advisers, replied, "Les never spent more than two months there." Thus the prorated cost of Mr. Wexner's sejours would appear to have been in excess of a million dollars a day. [...] Visitors described a bathroom reminiscent of James Bond movies: hidden beneath a stairway, lined with lead to provide shelter from attack and supplied with closed-circuit television screens and a telephone, both concealed in a cabinet beneath the sink. [...] Reached in Florida last week, Mr. Epstein said that the house was now his."
  • New York Post, "HOW GHISLAINE ROSE FROM THE ASHES – MAXWELL’S HEIRS BUILDING A NEW BUSINESS EMPIRE", 2000/03/23: "Within a year of her father’s death she was dating immensely wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. He provided a platform for her return to public prominence and filled the emotional vacuum in her life left by the death of her father. EPSTEIN is an enigmatic figure. Rumors abound — including wild ones about a career in the Mossad and, contrarily, the CIA. Some have said he was once a concert pianist. He seems to deny nothing and admits even less. “He told me he was a spy hired by corporations to find major amounts of money which had been embezzled,” said one of Epstein’s former girlfriends, diet guru and former TV personality Nicki Haskell. “He made it sound very glamorous.” He now runs an investment company, J. Epstein & Co., and the walls of his Madison Avenue office drip with six-figure works of art."
  • Bob Fitrakis, "Wexner's royal connection", 2001/01/25: "Imagine Columbus Alive's surprise last week when Nigel Rosser, a British journalist and reported confidant of the royal family, contacted us to inquire about Prince Andrew's central Ohio connection. Rosser had read two award-winning Alive stories--"The Shapiro Murder File" and "Spook Air"--and wanted to chat about our own Leslie Wexner and his top aide, the mysterious Jeffrey E. Epstein. [...] Rosser's article, published in the London Evening Standard on January 22, described Prince Andrew's recent behavior as "erratic" and "greatly upset[ing]" the royal family. [...] Rosser reported that Ghislaine is a one-time partner of Epstein, "an immensely powerful New York property developer and financier." Other newspaper reports have described Epstein as everything from a concert pianist, corporate spy, math teacher, stockbroker, merchant banker, and globe-trotting businessman. He has steadfastly denied rumors of links to the Israeli Mossad. [...] Epstein "has a license to carry a concealed weapon, once claimed to have worked for the CIA--although he now denies it--and owns properties all over America," Rosser noted."
  • New York Magazine, "Jeffrey Epstein: International Moneyman of Mystery", 2002/10/28
  • Vanity Fair, "The Talented Mr. Epstein" by Vicky Ward, 2003/03
  • Bob Fitrakis, "The Wexner War", 2003/08/01: "A December 1995 Architectural Digest article and a follow-up 1996 New York Times report detailed the inner sanctum of Wexner’s former Manhattan townhouse, one of the largest in the city.

    “Visitors described a bathroom reminiscent of James Bond movies: hidden beneath a stairway, lined with lead to provide shelter from attack and supplied with closed-circuit television screens and a telephone, both concealed in a cabinet beneath the sink,” wrote the Times. The townhouse is now reportedly owned by Wexner’s even more mysterious protégé, Jeffrey E. Epstein.

    Epstein, who recently loaned his jet to President Clinton, is usually seen in the company of Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of deceased publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell. After Maxwell fell or was pushed off his yacht in 1991, it was revealed that he was working for the Israeli government and the Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence service. While Maxwell’s ties to the Mossad are well-documented, Epstein’s connections are less well known. The London Sunday Times quoted a New York social observer describing Epstein as follows: “He’s Mr. Enigmatic. Nobody knows whether he’s a concert pianist, property developer, a CIA agent, a math teacher or a member of Mossad.” New York Magazine claims Epstein is the man who moves Wexner’s billions around the globe."
  • The Guardian, "Happy Birthday Barbara", 2007/05/08: "Even by the exacting social standards of Conrad Black, it was a gathering of quite staggering opulence. [...] Court documents in America have shed new light on an infamous surprise 60th birthday party thrown by Lord Black for his wife, Barbara Amiel, in December 2000 at a cost of $62,869.57. To the ire of shareholders and prosecutors alike, Lord Black only tossed $20,000 into the pot and billed $42,869.57 to his company, Hollinger International, as a "business expense". [...] The richest man in the room was Michael Bloomberg, the financial information wizard turned mayor of New York, whose fortune is estimated by Forbes magazine at $5.5bn. [...] Elsewhere in the room was the flamboyant property developer Donald Trump ($2.9bn) and Donald Lauder ($3bn), the philanthropist son of the late cosmetics tycoon Estee Lauder. [...] Lord Black, who claims he was striking business deals at the event, was surrounded by the Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the Dame Edna Everage impersonator Barry Humphries and a clutch of celebrity wives - including Sir Evelyn de Rothschild's spouse, Lynn, and Henry Ford II's widow, Kate. [...] Birthday girl Barbara Amiel, who once remarked that her extravagance "knows no bounds", chose slightly more heavyweight companions. Her table included the legendary statesman Henry Kissinger, who was a Hollinger director and is now listed as a possible prosecution witness in her husband's trial. They exchanged pleasantries with Donald Trump, the news anchor Peter Jennings who subsequently died in 2005, the former New Yorker editor Tina Brown and Bill Clinton's one-time close adviser Vernon Jordan. [...] On table number one (nearest the opera singer), dress designer Oscar de la Renta passed the time with Robert Maxwell's daughter, Ghislaine, and a prominent New York chat show host, Charlie Rose. [...] Like Lord Black, some guests have since suffered a taste of scandal - Jeffrey Epstein, a mobile phones millionaire on table three, was charged last year with soliciting prostitutes for sex in Florida and, according to lurid newspaper reports from police investigation documents, has highly unusual tastes in massage."
  • Mind Control Missile Murder Madness, "The Madness of Serpents", 2015/04/01
    • "There are obvious curiosities to all of the above names, but several stand out given their backgrounds that tumble into suspicious areas given what we know so far. One is the former Governor of New Mexico, Bruce King, his property, and its history. It turns out Epstein knew exactly where in Stanley, N.M. he was placing his compound and what it meant for all involved. It lies smack in the middle of the governor’s land parcel where 3-term governor King lived from birth to death. Epstein lived there almost exclusively while King was sitting governor. King’s son, the Attorney General, also has a compound there, and plans to also run for governor. Former governor and Bilderberger Bill Richardson is a frequent visitor, as is Alan Dershowitz, accused of raping Virginia Roberts multiple times at the Epstein property."
    • "Stanley N.M. is in Santa Fe County. This area hosts a massive, wide open child trafficking corridor that runs both ways straight into Mexico, its victims including Eastern Europeans, Africans, and more. This area also happens to be a CIA hub, and leads into extensive ties with the infamous Process Church, which also happened to come up in Corydon Hammond’s investigations"
    • "Jean Michael Nihoul was a leading figure in the Dutroux child abuse scandal. Note this excerpt from a Belgian government white paper into the scandal: “Nihoul managed a string of Dutroux’s properties which functioned as pedophilia clubs in various countries, including a sumptuous and secluded villa in the Caribbean at which leading U.S. political figures, governors, and members of Congress could satisfy their pedophile perversions safe from media sleuths.”"
    • "Which brings us to another name in the “black book,” and the controlled history of Courtney Love. Her father was a known producer and supplier of LSD when she was growing up, and also a manager of the Grateful Dead for a time, which directly connects her family to the Laurel Canyon military MKUltra operations of the 1960s. Her mom was a psychotherapist. Love herself has previously written about remembering “people from England coming over,” and taking part in some type of “conventions.” In the insightful writings of Sierra Peterson, who has her own experiences being involved in MKUltra projects and programs, she recounts meeting the infamous spook Jack Sarfatti, who would go on to offer her employment with the CIA:

      “One of the people he (Sarfatti) mentioned hooking me up with was Hank Harrison, Courtney Love’s father, who has been accused of domestic abuse and violence by every single member of his family. Jack told me that Harrison is an ‘expert in mind control.’”"
  • New York Times, "$56 Million Upper East Side Mansion Where Epstein Allegedly Abused Girls", 2019/07/08
    • "The townhouse where the financier Jeffrey Epstein is accused of engaging in sex acts with underage girls is one of the largest private homes in Manhattan, a short walk from Central Park."
    • "It also has a heated sidewalk in front to melt the snow during the winter months. On the second floor is a mural that Mr. Epstein had commissioned in recent years: a photorealistic prison scene that included barbed wire, corrections officers and a guard station, with Mr. Epstein portrayed in the middle. “He said, ‘That’s me, and I had this painted because there is always the possibility that could be me again,’” said R. Couri Hay, a public relations specialist invited by Mr. Epstein to a meeting at his home and to view the mural three months ago."
    • "The visitors each said they were greeted by a tall woman who spoke with an Eastern European accent, who led guests up a marble staircase to a study on another floor. At the base of the stairwell, one of the visitors said, Mr. Epstein had placed a chess board with custom figurines, many dressed suggestively — each piece, he noted, was modeled after one of his staffers."
    • "A wall of the study was covered with photographs of famous people, including Woody Allen, and another that Mr. Epstein pointed out was of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia."
    • "During the search of his townhouse on Saturday, investigators seized photographs of nude underage girls, federal prosecutors said. “The alleged behavior shocks the conscience,” Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan, said on Monday."
    • "In 1989, Mr. Epstein’s mentor, Leslie H. Wexner, the founder and chairman of L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, bought the seven-story Beaux-Arts home for $13.2 million. At the time, it was the highest recorded sale price for a townhouse in Manhattan.

      Mr. Wexner then spent at least that much on artwork — including multiple works by Picasso — Art Deco furnishings, Russian antiques, rosewood tables and doors and a gut renovation of the home. Security devices, including a network of cameras, were installed. A cellar was divided into separate spaces, one for red wines and another for white. The renovation was featured on the cover of the December 1995 issue of Architectural Digest."
    • "Mr. Wexner, however, never moved in; he decided to stay in Columbus, Ohio, where L Brands has its headquarters. But another person did move in: Mr. Epstein. “Les never spent more than two months there,” Mr. Epstein told The New York Times in 1996. [...] Mr. Epstein said in the 1996 interview that the mansion was now his, though the transaction has never appeared in New York City records online. In 2011, he transferred ownership of the property from a trust connected to Mr. Epstein and Mr. Wexner to Maple Inc., a United States Virgin Islands-based entity under Mr. Epstein’s control, according to records. The transfer document, from Nine East 71st Street Corporation to Maple Inc., did not list a purchase price, indicating that it did not involve any exchange of money. A spokeswoman for Mr. Wexner said that he “severed ties” with Mr. Epstein about a decade ago. Erika Kellerhals, a lawyer in the Virgin Islands who handled the 2011 transfer for Mr. Epstein, did not return a phone call seeking comment."
    • "Mr. Epstein also owns a home in Palm Beach, Fla., a 7,500-acre ranch in New Mexico and an apartment in Paris. He also owns Little St. James Island, a private island in the Caribbean, and at least 15 cars."
  • Daily Beast, "I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003" by Vicky Ward, 2019/07/08
    • "For a man who clearly considered himself a sophisticated ladies’ man (the only book he’d left out for me to see was a paperback by the Marquis de Sade), I thought his journalist-seduction technique was a bit like his table manners—in dire need of improvement."
    • "It became obvious as I was reporting his story that you could essentially divide Jeffrey Epstein’s biography into two themes. One was the hidden source of his wealth—he claimed he’d fueled a lifestyle of vast homes, a private jet, and endless travel by managing the money of billionaires and taking a commission, a story that no one I spoke to believed—while the second mystery was his unorthodox lifestyle."
    • "I also met with respected real estate developer Marshall Rose; the former Bear Stearns chairman Alan “Ace” Greenberg called me; so too did Leslie Wexner, the founder and CEO of The Limited, who trusted Epstein so much he had given Epstein carte blanche to insert himself into both Wexner’s family and business affairs, according to people who saw Epstein’s contract; they all chattered on about Epstein’s brilliantly creative mind, his intellectual prowess—a mental agility that, to put it bluntly, was simply not evident in the many phone conversations he had with me."
    • "Luck did shine upon me that day. I opened the first box, and there was Epstein’s deposition in a civil case explaining in his own testimony that he had indeed been guilty of a “reg d violation” while at Bear Stearns and that he’d been asked to leave the investment firm; it was the nail in the coffin I needed."
    • "What I had “on the girls” were some remarkably brave first-person accounts. Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix. The oldest daughter, an artist whose character was vouchsafed to me by several sources, including the artist Eric Fischl, had told me, weeping as she sat in my living room, of how Epstein had attempted to seduce both her and, separately, her younger sister, then only 16. [...] When the girls’ mother learned that Epstein had, regardless, allegedly molested her 16-year-old daughter, she’d wanted to fight back."
    • "I worked through December 2002 like a dog. I worked with three fact-checkers, the magazine’s lawyer; I sifted through everything Epstein threw at me and defused it. We were getting ready to go to press. And then the bullet came. “Graydon’s taking out the women from the piece,” Doug Stumpf, my editor, told me."
    • "It came down to my sources’ word against Epstein’s… and at the time Graydon believed Epstein. In my notebook I have him saying, “I believe him… I’m Canadian.” Today, my editor at The Daily Beast emailed Graydon to ask why he had excised the women’s stories from my article. A Vanity Fair spokeswoman responded: “Epstein denied the charges at the time and since the claims were unsubstantiated and no criminal investigation had been initiated, we decided not to include them in what was a financial story.” But this wasn’t a financial story, it was a classic Vanity Fair profile of a society figure."
  • New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein Is the Ultimate Symbol of Plutocratic Rot", 2019/07/08: "Over the last couple of months, Ward told me, she’s started going through transcripts of the interviews about Epstein she did more than 16 years ago. “What is so amazing to me is how his entire social circle knew about this and just blithely overlooked it,” she said of his penchant for adolescents. While praising his charm, brilliance and generous donations to Harvard, those she spoke to, she said, “all mentioned the girls, as an aside.”"
  • Salon, "I was a friend of Jeffrey Epstein; here's what I know" by Jesse Kornbluth, 2019/07/09
    • "When we met in 1986, Epstein’s double identity intrigued me — he said he didn’t just manage money for clients with mega-fortunes, he was also a high-level bounty hunter. Sometimes, he told me, he worked for governments to recover money looted by African dictators. Other times those dictators hired him to help them hide their stolen money."
    • "In 2011, in the Daily Beast, Alexandra Wolfe chronicled what happened next:

      > The conventional wisdom among his friends was that Epstein has been victimized by greedy, morally dubious teenage girls and unscrupulous lawyers. "I've never condoned paying for sex, but if the young lady lied about her age it's her own fault," explained one socialite, who along with Wilbur Ross and Leon Black hobnobbed with Epstein at a Southampton movie screening just two months after his release from "community control" in Florida."
  • Associated Press, "Financier in sex abuse case went from math whiz to titan", 2019/07/10
    • "Epstein also forged a relationship with Leslie Wexner, the retail titan behind Victoria’s Secret, The Limited and other store chains. He started managing Wexner’s money in the late 1980s and helped straighten out the finances for a real estate development Wexner was backing in a wealthy Columbus, Ohio, suburb."
    • "“Little is known or said about Epstein’s business except this: He manages money for the extremely wealthy,” the Palm Beach Post reported in 2006 after Epstein’s legal troubles began there. “He is said to handle accounts only of $1 billion or greater.”"
  • New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein Taught at Dalton. His Behavior Was Noticed", 2019/07/12: "In February 1974, Mr. Barr had announced that he was resigning as headmaster, protesting the meddling by the board of trustees, but that he would stay on until the end of the school year. It is unclear whether Mr. Barr hired Mr. Epstein during that time. Mr. Epstein, from Brooklyn, was just 21 when he joined the faculty at Dalton, arriving without a college degree. The school’s student newspaper reported in September 1974 that he was starting that year as a math and physics teacher. [...] The school had new leadership under Gardner Dunnan, who tentatively explored a rollback of some of its strict rules. [...] In the years since, however, Mr. Dunnan has faced allegations of his own inappropriate conduct. A former Dalton student said in a lawsuit that she had been invited to live with Mr. Dunnan at age 14, and had suffered repeated sexual assaults under his care."
    • Daily Beast, "Jeffrey Epstein Dodged Questions About Sex With His Dalton Prep-School Students", 2019/07/12: "Peter Branch was the acting headmaster after Barr’s departure and he may have hired Epstein. Full verification would require access to Dalton’s personnel records, if they still retain them. I put a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request into the State of New York Department of Education and they reported having no teaching license on file for Epstein—this may suggest that he was not planning on a career in teaching. Unlike public schools, it should be noted, a private school like Dalton does not require its teachers to possess a state teaching license or certificate. Update: After publication, a reporter from the Miami Herald kindly provided me with Branch's phone number. When he spoke with me, he noted that he was upper school director before being appointed interim headmaster at Dalton. His appointment began on July 1, 1974 and Barr's contract at Dalton expired on June 30th. Branch does not recall hiring Epstein and he is relatively certain Barr or possibly the head of the Math Department hired Epstein because hiring decisions were typically made in the spring. He also noted that Barr liked to hire unconventional teachers to enhance the educational experience for students at Dalton."
    • Donald Barr (father of William Barr) background
  • Columbus Business First, "Charitable foundations, properties among connections between Jeffrey Epstein and Les Wexner", 2019/07/12
  • Washington Post, "‘He was inappropriate with me’: Epstein face to face with accusers at bail hearing", 2019/07/15: "Prosecutors portrayed Epstein as an unrepentant criminal whose wealth would enable him to flee, and noted that just that morning they had accessed a safe in which he kept piles of cash, dozens of diamonds and a passport from the 1980s that had a photo of Epstein’s face but a different name. It listed the holder’s residence as Saudi Arabia, they said."
  • Vicky Ward tweet on 2019/07/15: "I can tell you that, according to one of my sources, one of the rich people for whom Jeffrey Epstein chased down money was Adnan Khashoggi, a powerful Saudi businessman."
  • Vanity Fair, "As the Jeffrey Epstein Case Grows, Manhattan and DC Brace for Impact", 2019/07/17
    • "One source who’s done business with Epstein told me that Epstein’s 21,000-square-foot townhouse on East 71st Street welcomed a steady stream of the Davos crowd in the past decade. The source said Bill Gates, Larry Summers, and Steve Bannon visited the house, which has been called one of the largest private residences in Manhattan. “Jeffrey collected people. That’s what he did,” the source said. Gates and Summers did not respond to requests for comment."
    • "He [Alan Dershowitz] called me a minute after I had emailed him for comment. He said he’d been friends with Epstein since 1996, when they were introduced at a party on Martha’s Vineyard by Lynn Forester de Rothschild. “She begged me to meet him. She told me, ‘here’s this smart academic.’” A few days later, Epstein invited Dershowitz to Les Wexner’s 59th birthday party at Wexner’s mansion in New Albany, Ohio. “It’s a tradition that Jeff invited the smartest person he met that year. He told them I was the smartest.” They remained close for years. Dershowitz strenuously denied ever participating in Epstein’s underage sex ring and said he’d only been in Epstein’s presence with his wife. “I got one massage!” he told me. “It was from a 50-year-old Russian woman named Olga. And I kept my shorts on. I didn’t even like it. I’m not a massage guy.”"
    • "How Epstein obtained his fortune is a matter of feverish speculation. His claim to a billionaire-only client list now seems laughable to the bankers I spoke with. One Wall Street source with direct knowledge of Epstein’s business said one source of Epstein’s income was providing “tax advice and estate planning” to rich clients, like Apollo Global Management founder Leon Black, presumably because Epstein had experience with offshore funds after basing his office in the Virgin Islands. In 2015 Black made a $10 million donation to Epstein’s foundation. (Black declined to comment.)"
  • New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein’s Deep Ties to Top Wall Street Figures", 2019/07/22
    • "When Jeffrey Epstein was serving time in Florida for soliciting prostitution from a minor, he got a surprising visitor: James E. Staley, a top JPMorgan Chase executive and one of the highest-ranking figures on Wall Street.

      Mr. Staley had good reason to maintain his relationship with Mr. Epstein, who received him at his Palm Beach office, where he had been permitted to serve some of his 13-month sentence in 2008 and 2009. Over the years, Mr. Epstein had funneled dozens of wealthy clients to Mr. Staley and his bank."
    • "Mr. Epstein provided personal tax services to Leon D. Black, whose Apollo Global Management is one of the world’s largest private-equity firms. He discussed a major investment idea with and entrusted millions of dollars to Glenn Dubin, who ran the hedge fund Highbridge Capital Management. And, with Mr. Staley, he laid some of the early groundwork for JPMorgan to make a major acquisition — one that would vault Mr. Staley’s career to a higher plane."
  • New York Magazine, "Who Was Jeffrey Epstein Calling?", 2019/07/22
  • New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein Moved Money Overseas in Transactions His Bank Flagged to U.S.", 2019/07/23: "As Deutsche Bank officials this year scrambled to extricate themselves from a yearslong relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier charged this month with sex trafficking, they uncovered suspicious transactions in which Mr. Epstein had moved money out of the United States. [...] Deutsche Bank executives are still trying to understand the depth and scope of the bank’s relationship with Mr. Epstein, who has been a client of its private-banking division since at least 2013 — years after his conduct became public in a prostitution case involving a teenage girl."
  • Corey Lynn, "Is Jeffrey Epstein’s Zorro Ranch Insulated?", 2019/07/26
  • Vicky Ward tweet on 2019/08/03 about artificial intelligence researcher Roger Schank offering a bizarre defense of his former neighbor Epstein
  • Bob Fitrakis, "Bob Bites Back: Epstein’s Columbus Connection", 2019/08/05: "Epstein came to my attention when I was an investigative journalist for Columbus Alive. The State of Ohio Inspector General David Sturtz, one of my sources, was gathering evidence against Les Wexner and Jeff Epstein regarding public corruption, bribery and information related to the murder of Columbus attorney Arthur Shapiro. [...] Robert Maxwell died under suspicious circumstances in 1991 when he fell or was pushed overboard off his yacht, The Ghislaine. According to Sturtz, Epstein was a “person of interest” in what some suspected was his homicide." (Bob Fitrakis, "In Memoriam: David Sturtz (1937-2015)", 2015/09/30)
  • Jake Morphonios tweet on 2019/08/09 connecting Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to four members -- Larry Summers, Rupert Murdoch, Jacob Rothschild, Bill Richardson -- of the Genie Energy strategic advisory board, which also includes Dick Cheney, former CIA director James Woolsey, and former Mega Group leader and Democratic Leadership Council chairman Michael Steinhardt
  • New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein’s Opaque Finances Could Become Focal Point for Investigators", 2019/08/11: "Deutsche Bank, where Mr. Epstein was a client from 2013 until June 2019, has been handing over transaction-by-transaction data to federal prosecutors and other authorities, according to two people familiar with the matter. One of those people, who was briefed on the bank’s internal review, said it appeared that Mr. Epstein was using his accounts for sex trafficking and possibly other illegal activity. [...] But the knottiest financial enigma involves Mr. Epstein’s relationship with Mr. Wexner, the chief executive of the apparel conglomerate L Brands, who for years entrusted Mr. Epstein with his financial life. [...] Mr. Wexner has said that he had severed ties with Mr. Epstein in late 2007, more than a year after Mr. Epstein was first charged with sexual misconduct with minors. [...] Two of Mr. Epstein’s longtime attorneys, Darren Indyke and Jeffrey Schantz, were involved with some of his trusts and other entities in New York and in the Virgin Islands, according to incorporation documents. [...] In a sign that the attorneys are bracing for government scrutiny of Mr. Epstein’s companies, Mr. Indyke and Mr. Schantz both recently hired criminal defense lawyers."
  • Yahoo, "Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers deeply involved in his business dealings for decades, documents show", 2019/08/13
    • "He has also done work for Wexner and for the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been accused in civil lawsuits of enabling Epstein’s exploitation of young girls. (She has not been criminally charged and denies wrongdoing.) Indyke also signed a deed that certified the sale of a Palm Beach home that had belonged to the late Arnold Paul Prosperi, an associate of Epstein’s who visited him frequently in jail."
    • "While Schantz’s name doesn’t appear prominently as the treasurer or vice president for any of Epstein’s known nonprofits, he was tied to one of the more unusual lawsuits against Epstein. The root of that 1996 lawsuit was an unorthodox real estate agreement between Epstein and the State Department. The State Department had seized an Upper East Side building from the Iranian government during that country’s revolution — and later rented it to Epstein for $15,000 a month, according to a New York Daily News account of the dispute."
    • "Epstein, in turn, sublet the building to Ivan Fisher, a well-known criminal defense attorney, for $20,000 a month, the Daily News reported. The U.S. government sued both Epstein and Fisher, claiming the sublet was illegal, and court records tie Schantz to the rental property.

      [...]

      Later that year in October, Schantz wrote to Fisher, the subletter of the property, asking for payment, court records show. Fisher was a prominent criminal defense attorney who represented clients in the Pizza Connection — a case involving a massive 1980s heroin bust in New York— and a heroin dealers in “the French Connection” trials."
    • "The lawsuit suggests that Epstein was connected to James Baker III, who was secretary of state from 1989 to 1992 during the George H.W. Bush administration. At one point, according to court records, Schantz was asked, “Do you know how Mr. Epstein came to know Secretary of State James Baker?” to which he responded “No.”"

Les Wexner background

  • Wall Street Journal, "Titans of Industry Join Forces To Work for Jewish Philanthropy", 1998/05/04: "When movie mogul Steven Spielberg, Seagram Chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr. and former hedge-fund manager Michael Steinhardt met at Mr. Steinhardt's Manhattan apartment last month, the main topic was neither films nor high finance but considerably more complex than either: being Jewish.

    The three men, among others, were convened for a meeting of the "Study Group," also known informally as the "Mega Group," a loosely organized club of 20 of the nation's wealthiest and most influential Jewish businessmen. Formed seven years ago by Leslie Wexner, chairman of Limited Inc. and Charles Bronfman, Edgar's brother and Seagram Co. cochairman, the group meets twice a year for two days of seminars on topics related to philanthropy and Jewishness. At the April meeting, Mr. Spielberg spoke about his personal religious journey, and then the group discussed Jewish summer camps."
  • Bob Fitrakis, "Police accidently release a report linking Leslie Wexner and the Mob", 1998/07/16: "The ghost of Arthur Shapiro—a prominent local attorney who was slain in a 1985 “mob-style murder”—continues to haunt the City of Columbus. Shapiro’s doomed soul was resurrected recently when the Columbus Division of Police released the controversial—and once believed destroyed—document investigating his death. Columbus Alive obtained a copy of the “Shapiro Homicide Investigation: Analysis and Hypothesis” report through a public records request on Friday. As previously reported in Alive, the report confirms that the name of central Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner was linked “with associates reputed to be organized crime figures.” [...] Leupp concluded, “From the predicate facts presented, it appears that Les Wexner had established contact with associates reputed to be organized crime figures, one of whom was a major investment partner and another was using The Limited headquarters as a mailing address.” “It is not known whether there are other such figures among Wexner’s associates, but it can be hypothesized that the Genovese/LaRocca crime families might consider Wexner a friend,” Leupp speculated."
  • Bob Fitrakis, "Spook Air", 1999/04/22: "Something’s rotten at Rickenbacker Port Authority. Maybe it’s just the stench of the bankrupt corpse of Southern Air Transport, or the moldering smell of the $3 million the state pumped into the notorious airline before it folded. Ohio taxpayers are among the more than 800 creditors now lined up to file claims against “Spook Air.” SAT filed for bankruptcy in Columbus on October 1, 1998, the same day the Central Intelligence Agency Inspector General issued a report linking the cargo hauler to allegations of drug-running in connection with U.S.-backed Contra rebels in Nicaragua in the 1980s. [...] News accounts show that The Limited owner Leslie Wexner played a role in SAT’s relocation to Rickenbacker."
  • Bob Fitrakis, "The Wexner War", 2003/08/01
    • "Wexner’s philanthropic side is more public. In 1998, the Wall Street Journal reported that Wexner was part of the “‘Mega Group,’ a loosely organized club of 20 of the nation’s wealthiest and most influential Jewish businessmen.” The Mega Group meets purportedly to discuss “philanthropy,” but others have speculated that their charitable interests are often a cover for lobbying activities on behalf of Israel. The Wall Street Journal identified Max Fisher, a Detroit financier and billionaire, as a member of the Mega Group. Fisher was used as a private Middle East diplomat by President Gerald Ford during the 1970s and is considered Wexner’s mentor."
    • "Lobbying groups like the Mega Group and government insiders like Wolfowitz and Richard Pearle are engaged in a systematic campaign to identify Israeli national security interests with U.S. military and security interests. The Wexner Analysis merely documents this extensive, often covert campaign, that deserves public debate and democratic discourse, not secret PR campaigns."
  • New York Times, "The Feud and the Fakes", 2007/10/15: "THERE are no commercial signs to besmirch the limestone facade of Carlton Hobbs’s 51-room mansion on East 93rd Street, but it is from this building, originally the home of the socialite Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt, that Mr. Hobbs has been selling museum-quality antiques at eye-popping prices for the last three years and staking his claim to the top tier of the New York market. Mr. Hobbs, 51, a reclusive Englishman who favors jeans and baseball caps, has enjoyed a sterling professional reputation since coming to New York. These days, he would seem to have little in common with his 62-year-old brother and former business partner, John Hobbs, a London dealer known for razzle-dazzle salesmanship and, for the last several months, a scandal involving the manufacture and sale of fake antiques. [...] According to Rupert Hobbs, Carlton, who was shy and studious, clashed frequently with his flamboyant, freewheeling older brother, and the two men split acrimoniously in 1993, when John left to start his own store on Pimlico Road. “My dad is quite lazy but a fantastic salesman,” Rupert Hobbs said, offering one explanation for the schism. [...] [Carlton] Hobbs declined to reveal the names of private clients, but the list is widely believed to include the billionaires Leslie H. Wexner, chairman of Limited Brands, and Stephen A. Schwarzman, chief executive of the Blackstone Group, as well as the influential designers Peter Marino and Bunny Williams."
  • Bloomberg, "Billionaire Behind Victoria’s Secret Built His Version of the American Heartland", 2019/05/17: "Welcome to New Albany, Wexner’s personal idyll carved into the cornfields northeast of Columbus. Over the past 30 years, he’s husbanded this affluent suburban oasis, even as much of the region has sunk into post-industrial decline and the politics of grievance. In a time of gaping inequality, the juxtapositions are jarring."

Ghislaine Maxwell background

Sex ring and blackmail

  • Excerpt from the 2009/08/07 deposition of Alfredo Rodriguez in Jeffrey Epstein v. Bradley J. Edwards, et. al. - mentions a technician from New Albany OH (the city where Les Wexner resided) coming in to maintain the video surveillance equipment at Epstein's home, which suggests that Les Wexner was in charge of a blackmail setup there akin to what Craig Spence did in Washington DC
  • Mirror, "Prince Andrew may have been secretly filmed with underage girl he is alleged to have abused", 2015/01/03: "Details buried in original court papers filed against pervert Jeffrey Epstein, 61, reveal that he recorded the sordid orgies he threw for VIPs at his luxury homes using cameras hidden in the walls of guest bedrooms. [...] Lawyers representing Roberts, originally referred to as Jane Doe 102, mentioned the hidden cameras in a 27-page filing at the Palm Beach Federal Courthouse in Florida. The six-year-old papers, seen by the Sunday People, state: “Some of the photographs in the defendant’s possession were taken with hidden cameras set up in [Epstein’s] home in Palm Beach. “On the Day of his arrest, police found two hidden cameras and photographs of ­underage girls on a computer in the defendant’s home. “[He] may have taken lewd ­photographs of Jane Doe 102 with his hidden cameras and transported [them] to his other residences and elsewhere.” [...] They add that Roberts’ claims that she was forced to tell Epstein all about her sexual encounters so he could use the information to “blackmail” the royal. She further claims she was sex-trafficked to “many other powerful men, including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well known Prime Minister, and other world leaders”. Prosecutors believe Epstein, who enjoyed watching other people have sex, had cameras fitted at his other residences across the world. [...] Despite his friend’s 2008 conviction for child sex offences, Prince Andrew continued to see him and the pair were pictured together in Central Park, New York. The ensuing furore led to him quitting his role as Britain’s trade envoy."
  • Mirror, "Prince Andrew admits being 'foolish' after claims he slept with teenage sex slave", 2015/01/11: "Epstein’s chief pilot Larry Visoski, 54, has admitted he knew minors were being flown on his boss’s plane but said he never suspected him of having sex with them. [...] Mr Visoski has remained loyal to his employer. When confronted by the Mirror at Miami airport the pilot remained tight-lipped. Mr Visoski, a dad of one, was returning from the US Virgin Islands – 24 hours after he had deposited a middle-aged female visitor to Little St James, where his billionaire boss is believed to be hiding. When asked about his relationship with Epstein he replied: “I’ve nothing to say.” Asked about his questioning by lawyers about what took place on his flights, he said: “It’s private.” When asked further about Epstein’s alleged criminal offences, he ran to security and demanded police be called. [...] Said to be one of Epstein’s closest friends, Frenchman Brunel has remained one of the scandal’s most elusive figures. It is believed he was given £600,000 by Epstein to set up the New York-based MC2 modelling agency, a claim reportedly confirmed by his book-keeper – although he denied that in 2007. It has been alleged he lured minors with the promise of modelling contracts and then supplied them to Epstein for sex. [...] Brunel was asked to give testimony in the Roberts case but his attorney delayed it and then said Brunel had gone back to France and had no plans to return. However, according to the court papers, Brunel was staying with Epstein in Palm Beach during that period."
  • New York Magazine, "Real Hedge-Fund Managers Have Some Thoughts on What Epstein Was Actually Doing", 2019/07/11
    • "Long before Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in Florida more than a decade ago, his fellow Palm Beach resident and hedge-fund manager Douglas Kass was intrigued by the local gossip about his neighbor."
    • "Kass was well-connected on Wall Street, where he’d worked for decades, so he began to ask around. “I went to my institutional brokers, to their trading desks and asked if they ever traded with him. I did it a few times until the date when he was arrested,” he recalls. “Not one institutional trading desk, primary or secondary, had ever traded with Epstein’s firm.”"
    • "To begin with, there is much skepticism among the hedgies Intelligencer spoke with that Epstein made the money he has — and he appears to have a lot, given a lavish portfolio of homes and private aircraft — as a traditional money manager. A fund manager who knows well how that kind of fortune is acquired notes, “It’s hard to make a billion dollars quietly.” Epstein never made a peep in the financial world. Epstein was also missing another key element of a typical thriving hedge fund: investors. Kass couldn’t find any beyond Epstein’s one well-publicized client, retail magnate Les Wexner — nor could other players in the hedge-fund world who undertook similar snooping. “I don’t know anyone who’s ever invested in him; he’s never talked about by any of the allocators,” says one billionaire hedge-fund manager, referring to firms that distribute large pools of money among various funds."
    • "Given this puzzling set of data points, the hedge-fund managers we spoke to leaned toward the theory that Epstein was running a blackmail scheme under the cover of a hedge fund."
    • "Kass and former hedge-fund manager Whitney Tilson both emailed the thread around in investing circles and both quickly discovered that their colleagues found it quite convincing. “This actually sounds very plausible,” Tilson wrote in an email forwarding the thread to others."
    • "In the 2015 filing, Giuffre claimed that Epstein “debriefed her” after she was forced into sexual encounters so that he could possess “intimate and potentially embarrassing information” to blackmail friends into parking their money with him. She also said photographic and video evidence existed — an assertion that looms especially large now that federal investigators have found a trove of images in Epstein’s home safe."
  • New York Post, "Inside the Victoria’s Secret pipeline to Jeffrey Epstein", 2019/07/14
    • "In 2004, Elisabetta Tai was a 21-year-old Italian model with big dreams. A month after arriving in Manhattan, her booker gave her an Upper East Side address and told her he had set up a meeting with the man who would be able to get her a gig modeling for the Victoria’s Secret catalog. “He told me this is one of the most important people in modeling,” Tai told The Post. “He said that this man is in charge of Victoria’s Secret and he’s going to change your life.”"
    • "“I rang the doorbell of this incredible mansion, and a butler answered the door,” said Tai, who hails from Padova, a small town near Venice. “It was astonishing. It was a very beautiful house, and I saw about five models walking around as soon as I walked in. I was so excited.” Tai said she was greeted by a woman with “short black hair” who showed her into Epstein’s office. She doesn’t remember the woman’s name, although when The Post showed her a photograph of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s gal pal, she confirmed that she looked like the same woman who met her at Epstein’s mansion."
    • "The woman with the short hair introduced Tai to Epstein, who was dressed casually in a shirt and jeans, she said. As Epstein started to ask her questions about her background, she noticed a massage table near his desk. [...] As Tai talked about her experience in halting English, she said Epstein moved to the massage table and began to remove his clothes. “I thought he was preparing to have a massage, and that someone was about to come in to the room and give him a massage,” she said. But Tai said she panicked when Epstein lay down naked on the table and told her to approach. He then handed her a vibrator, she said. “I froze,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do. “I just grabbed the vibrator and threw it at his head,” she said. “I mean, I don’t know where it landed, I just blacked out and then I ran as fast as I could out of the room.”"
    • "Epstein, who was an investor in a Manhattan modeling venture, has been accused by prosecutors of using his connections to the modeling company to “audition” girls to give him massages that often ended up in sexual abuse. “Over the years, it seems Epstein relied on …[the] modeling business to source underage girls for sex,” writes Conchita Sarnoff, an investigative reporter, in her book “Trafficking.”"
    • "A former Manhattan-based model agent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, also alleged an Epstein-Victoria’s Secret pimp pipeline. “He [Epstein] portrayed himself as the back door to get a girl into Victoria’s Secret. Some of those girls got in,” he said."
    • "Another Manhattan model entrepreneur told The Post that Maxwell was a constant fixture at Victoria’s Secret events. “They were always these really trashy shows full of rich men in the audience,” he said. “Ghislaine acted as the kind of Nazi guard, telling everyone where they were sitting in the audience and that she had new ‘pop tarts’ which is what she called the young models.”"
  • Daily Beast, "Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Names Powerful Men in Alleged Sex Ring", 2019/08/09: "A young woman who says financier Jeffrey Epstein and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell kept her as a sex slave also accused a host of high-powered men of being involved in Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking ring, according to court records unsealed Friday. Virginia Giuffre, who says that Epstein and Maxwell trafficked her to powerful people for erotic massages and sex, claimed in depositions in 2016 that Maxwell directed her to have sex with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Britain’s Prince Andrew (whom she has accused before), wealthy financier Glenn Dubin, former senator George Mitchell, now-deceased MIT scientist Marvin Minsky, and modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, as well as “another prince,” a "foreign president," a well-known prime minsiter" and the owner of a “large hotel chain” in France."

Donald Trump connection

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Bill Clinton connection

  • Palm Beach Post, "Clinton heads for Haiti to watch U.N. takeover", 1995/03/31 (pages 1, 12): "Along the presidential motorcade route, the traffic jams and blocked roads set off a few tempers. As a Palm Beach Gardens officer blocked the intersection, irritated motorists argued with the officer to let them through. "How dare he inconvenience all these people," one woman screamed before booing as the motorcade passed on its way to the Palm Beach home of Revlon tycoon Ron Perelman. Called Casa Apava, the home is one of the few on the island that reaches from the ocean to the Intracoastal. Joining Clinton for a three-hour dinner was a very select group of people, some of whom, according to one Democratic Party source, gave as much as $100,000 to the Democratic National Committee for the privilege of dining with the president. Among the guests: * Singer Jimmy Buffett, who was not on the original guest list but was added later. He may go to Haiti with Clinton and perform for troops. * Actor Don Johnson, best known for his role as a detective in the Miami Vice series. * Deandra Douglas, wife of actor Michael Douglas. * Sylvia Hassenfeld, active in Jewish causes who married into the founding family of Hasbro toys. * Jeffrey Epstein, a business executive. * Richard Garrett, a prominent Miami attorney. * Bob Kanuth, a business executive. * Alfonso Fanjul, a member of the Fanjul sugar-growing family. * Don Fowler, co-chairman of the Democratic National Committee. * Paul Prosperi, Clinton's Georgetown University school buddy and organizer of the dinner."
  • Gawker, "Flight Logs Put Clinton, Dershowitz on Pedophile Billionaire’s Sex Jet" by Nick Bryant, 2015/01/22 (flight logs)
    • "Clinton shared Epstein's plane with Kellen and Maxwell on at least 11 flights in 2002 and 2003—before any of the allegations against them became public—according to the pilots' logbooks, which have surfaced in civil litigation surrounding Epstein's crimes. In January 2002, for instance, Clinton, his aide Doug Band, and Clinton's Secret Service detail are listed on a flight from Japan to Hong Kong with Epstein, Maxwell, Kellen, and two women described only as "Janice" and "Jessica." One month later, records show, Clinton hopped a ride from Miami to Westchester on a flight that also included Epstein, Maxwell, Kellen, and a woman described only as "one female.""
    • "In 2002, as New York has reported, Clinton recruited Epstein to make his plane available for a week-long anti-poverty and anti-AIDS tour of Africa with Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker, billionaire creep Ron Burkle, Clinton confidant Gayle Smith (who now serves on Barack Obama's National Security Council), and others. The logs from that trip show that Maxwell, Kellen, and a woman named Chauntae Davis joined the entourage for five days.

      That last name—Chauntae Davies—shows up elsewhere in papers unearthed by the various investigations into Epstein's sex ring: his little black book. Davies is one of 27 women listed in the book under an entry for "Massage- California," one of six lists of massage girls Epstein kept in various locales, with a total of 160 names around the globe, many of them underage victims."
  • Gawker, "Here Is Pedophile Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's Little Black Book" by Nick Bryant, 2015/01/23 (black book): "Although Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew have been mentioned in connection with Epstein's sordid deeds, their names aren't circled in the black book. But Epstein did have 21 contact numbers and various email addresses for Clinton, as well as several contact numbers for the prince."
  • Page Six, "‘Sex slave’ claims Bill Clinton visited Epstein’s ‘orgy island’", 2015/01/24: "Virginia Roberts, who’s accused Epstein of turning her into a “sex slave” at age 17 and forcing her to sleep with his powerful friends, claimed Clinton stayed in one of the many villas on Epstein’s US Virgin Islands estate — where group sex was a “regular occurrence.” “I remember asking Jeffrey, ‘What’s Bill Clinton doing here?’ kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes me a favor,’ ” Roberts told her lawyers in a 2011 interview obtained by RadarOnline.com. “He never told me what favors they were.” Bubba was accompanied by two of Epstein’s regular girlfriends and “two young girls that I could identify,” Roberts claimed. “I never really knew them well anyways. It was just two girls from New York,” she said. [...] Roberts denied she ever slept with Clinton and said she never witnessed him having sex with anyone else. But on “orgy island,” the stunning blonde allegedly engaged in group sex with Epstein, Britain’s Prince Andrew and eight other girls."
  • Fox News, "Flight logs show Bill Clinton flew on sex offender's jet much more than previously known", 2016/05/13: "Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” -- even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by FoxNews.com. [...] Official flight logs filed with the Federal Aviation Administration show Clinton traveled on some of the trips with as many as 10 U.S. Secret Service agents. However, on a five-leg Asia trip between May 22 and May 25, 2002, not a single Secret Service agent is listed. The U.S. Secret Service has declined to answer multiple Freedom of Information Act requests filed by FoxNews.com seeking information on these trips. Clinton would have been required to file a form to dismiss the agent detail, a former Secret Service agent told FoxNews.com. In response to a separate FOIA request from FoxNews.com, the U.S. Secret Service said it has no records showing agents were ever on the island with Clinton."
  • Fox News, "Billionaire sex offender Epstein once claimed he co-founded Clinton Foundation", 2016/07/06: "Attorneys for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein touted his close friendship with Bill Clinton and even claimed the billionaire helped start Clinton's controversial family foundation in a 2007 letter aimed at boosting his image during plea negotiations, FoxNews.com has learned. [...] "Mr. Epstein was part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative, which is described as a project 'bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” read the July 2007 letter to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Florida. [...] Epstein is not cited in official paperwork filed by the Clinton Global Initiative as a founder or director. Neither The Clinton Foundation nor Dershowitz responded to FoxNews.com’s inquiry as to the extent of Epstein’s involvement. [...] But Clinton has publicly credited longtime assistant Doug Band, now counselor and director of the foundation, as conceiving of the idea. [...] Epstein also has supported the Clinton Foundation financially, but that was not made public until two years ago when a whistle-blower released the names of the super-rich, including Epstein, who held Swiss accounts at the HSBC bank. [...] The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which obtained the data from the whistle-blower, documented $81 million being routed from HSBC Swiss accounts to The Clinton Foundation, including money from Epstein. Epstein had various accounts totaling $3.5 million, the investigative journalists group revealed and, in 2006, directed $25,000 to The Clinton Foundation."
  • Bill Clinton statement on 2019/07/08 - says he "has never been to Little St. James Island" which Virginia Giuffre's testimony contradicts
  • New York Times, "Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein: How Are They Connected?", 2019/07/09
    • "During his career in finance, both at Bear Stearns and when he struck out on his own, Mr. Epstein had a reputation for being intensely private. But in 2002, the former president took a trip on Mr. Epstein’s private jet, which brought a flurry of media attention. At the time, Mr. Clinton had been out of the White House for two years and had started the nonprofit group, the Clinton Foundation. Through his work with the foundation, Mr. Clinton connected with Mr. Epstein. The ride on the private jet was part of a visit to Africa that Mr. Clinton made in order to discuss economic development on the continent and the ongoing fight against H.I.V. and AIDS."
    • "In his statement on Monday, Mr. Clinton’s spokesman, Angel Ureña, said that Mr. Clinton took “four trips” on Mr. Epstein’s plane between 2002 and 2003 — one each to Europe and Asia, and two to Africa. The trips all “included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation,” Mr. Ureña said, adding that Mr. Clinton’s staff, supporters of the foundation and Mr. Clinton’s Secret Service detail traveled with him on every leg of every trip."
    • "Mr. Clinton visited Mr. Epstein’s New York apartment once around 2002, according to Mr. Ureña’s statement. The former president was accompanied by a staff member and his security detail. He never visited Mr. Epstein’s palatial residence in Palm Beach, Fla., Mr. Ureña said, nor has he been to the financier’s ranch in New Mexico or his private island in the Virgin Islands."
    • "Mr. Clinton had one other meeting with Mr. Epstein, in Mr. Clinton’s office in Harlem in 2002, according to Mr. Ureña."
    • "At one point, Mr. Epstein’s personal phonebook, which was submitted as an exhibit in a court case against Mr. Epstein and was published by BuzzFeed in 2015, contained more than 20 numbers, emails and addresses to get in touch with Mr. Clinton, most of them listed under Mr. [Doug] Band’s name."
    • "Earlier this year, The Daily Beast reported that a charity organization formerly run by Mr. Epstein, the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2006. As of Tuesday, the foundation was named on a list of donors on the Clinton Foundation’s website."
  • CNBC, "Jeffrey Epstein jail logs: Accused child sex predator met with Alan Dershowitz, Bill Clinton friend, alleged co-conspirators a decade ago", 2019/07/12 (jail logs parts 1, 2, 3): "Wealthy financier and accused child sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein had a revolving cast of characters take turns visiting him in a Palm Beach County, Florida, jail while serving a 13-month criminal sentence in 2008 and 2009, according to visitor logs reviewed by CNBC on Friday. Those visitors included Epstein’s appeals attorney Alan Dershowitz, who showed up on New Year’s Day 2009, as well as Arnold Paul Prosperi, a college friend of former President Bill Clinton, documents show. [...] Among his most frequent visitors in jail was Prosperi, who had become friends with Clinton when they attended Georgetown University together, where he ran Clinton’s campaign for student body president. Records show that Prosperi visited Epstein at least 20 times. An attorney who later raised funds for Clinton, Prosperi had his own criminal sentence for filing false tax returns commuted to house arrest on Clinton’s last day office in the White House in 2001. A 1995 newspaper clipping uncovered by Snopes.com describes a dinner hosted by Revlon chief Ron Perelman and his wife, with guests including Clinton, who was president at the time, Prosperi and Epstein."
  • Politico, "Meet the woman who ties Jeffrey Epstein to Trump and the Clintons", 2019/07/21: "Maxwell first grew close with the Clintons after Bill Clinton left office, vacationing on a yacht with Chelsea Clinton in 2009, attending her wedding in 2010, and participating in the Clinton Global Initiative as recently as 2013, years after her name first emerged in accounts of Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse. “Ghislaine was the contact between Epstein and Clinton,” a person familiar with the relationship said. “She ended up being close to the family because she and Chelsea ended up becoming close.” Lawyers for Maxwell did not respond to requests for comment, and a spokesperson for Clinton disputed the idea that the two women were ever close. [...] Much of Epstein’s access to Clinton’s world also flowed through Maxwell. “The Clintons were relatively intimate with her,” a Maxwell friend said. [...] Maxwell’s ties to Clintonworld, meanwhile, would last another decade. One friend of Maxwell’s, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described their surprise upon showing up at a dinner party at her Upper East Side apartment around 2005 to find Doug Band, then a top adviser to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, among the 8 to 10 guests."
  • Daily Beast, "Jeffrey Epstein Visited Clinton White House Multiple Times in Early ’90s", 2019/07/24: "The former president owned up to just six encounters with Epstein, starting in 2002: Four flights on the billionaire’s private jet, a single trip to his Harlem office, and one “brief visit” to his New York apartment, all with staff and security detail in tow. Now, a Daily Beast investigation has uncovered ties between Epstein and the Clinton administration that date back to the president’s earliest days in the White House, casting doubt on the oft-circulated narrative that the two only began associating after Clinton left office. As early as 1993, records show, Epstein donated $10,000 to the White House Historical Association and attended a donors’ reception hosted by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Around the same time, according to a source familiar with the connection, Epstein visited presidential aide Mark Middleton several times at The White House. Two years later, businesswoman Lynn Forester de Rothschild wrote a personal letter to Clinton thanking him for their talk about the financier."
  • New York Times, "The Sisters Who First Tried to Take Down Jeffrey Epstein", 2019/08/26: "There, at the age of 25, she was introduced to Mr. Epstein’s odd life, with girls and young women coming through for what she recalled Ms. Maxwell describing as modeling auditions for the lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret. The house at times bustled in anticipation of potential visits from Bill Clinton, although she never actually saw him there. She said she met Donald Trump one day in Mr. Epstein’s office, recalling Mr. Trump eyeing her before Mr. Epstein informed him that “she’s not for you.” Ms. Farmer’s mother, Janice Swain, recalled her daughter detailing the interaction with Mr. Trump around the time it occurred. Both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Trump have acknowledged knowing Mr. Epstein, with Mr. Clinton denying knowledge of anything improper and Mr. Trump saying he was “not a fan” of Mr. Epstein."

Miami prosecution

  • "Perversion of Justice" series by Julie K. Brown in the Miami Herald published 2018/11/28
  • Miami Herald, "Federal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules", 2019/02/21
    • "Federal prosecutors, under former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, broke the law when they concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims who had been sexually abused by wealthy New York hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, a federal judge ruled Thursday."
    • "Marra, in a 33-page opinion, said prosecutors not only violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act by not informing the victims, they also misled the girls into believing that the FBI’s sex trafficking case against Epstein was still ongoing — when in fact, prosecutors had secretly closed it after sealing the plea bargain from the public record."
    • "Marra, noting that he reviewed affidavits, depositions and interrogatories — presumably some of them sealed — showed “Epstein worked in concert with others to obtain minors not only for his own sexual gratification, but also for the sexual gratification of others, ’’ the judge said."
    • "Instead of prosecuting Epstein under federal sex trafficking laws, Acosta allowed Epstein to quietly plead guilty in state court to two prostitution charges and he served just 13 months in the Palm Beach County jail. His accomplices, some of whom have never been identified, were not charged."
    • "Acosta, who was nominated as labor secretary in 2017, issued a written statement through a spokesman:

      ““For more than a decade, the actions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida in this case have been defended by the Department of Justice in litigation across three administrations and several attorneys general. The office’s decisions were approved by departmental leadership and followed departmental procedures. This matter remains in litigation and, thus, for any further comment we refer you to the Department of Justice.”"
    • "In an op-ed published Sunday in the Herald, Jeffrey H. Sloman, the former first assistant U.S. Attorney under Acosta during the Epstein case, defended their decision to give Epstein federal immunity. He claimed that many of the victims were too frightened to testify against Epstein.

      He also noted that there were “significant legal impediments to prosecuting what was, at heart, a local sex case.’’

      Marra suggested otherwise in his decision, saying: “Epstein and his co-conspirators knowingly traveled in interstate and international commerce to sexually abuse Jane Doe 1 and Doe 2 and others, [and] they committed violations of not only Florida law, but also federal law.‘’"
    • "The bulk of his opinion quoted emails exchanged during the tense negotiations between federal prosecutors and Epstein’s legal team, which included Roy Black, Jack Goldberger, Alan Dershowitz, Jay Lefkowitz and former Whitewater and Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr.

      Those emails suggested ways in which both parties tried to keep Epstein’s victims in the dark, he said."
  • Politico, "Fresh court battle could expose more details in Acosta's controversial Epstein plea deal", 2019/03/06: "After the court ruling last month finding that federal prosecutors violated the rights of victims in the case, a White House spokeswoman said officials were “looking into” Acosta’s role. President Donald Trump, however, seemed to downplay the episode. “I really don’t know too much about it,” Trump told reporters. “I know he’s done a great job as Labor secretary. And that seems like a long time ago.” [...] The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility has also opened an investigation into the matter."
  • Daily Beast, "Jeffrey Epstein’s Sick Story Played Out for Years in Plain Sight" by Vicky Ward, 2019/07/09
    • "Epstein’s name, I was told, had been raised by the Trump transition team when Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. attorney in Miami who’d infamously cut Epstein a non-prosecution plea deal back in 2007, was being interviewed for the job of labor secretary. The plea deal put a hard stop to a separate federal investigation of alleged sex crimes with minors and trafficking.

      “Is the Epstein case going to cause a problem [for confirmation hearings]?” Acosta had been asked. Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he’d had just one meeting on the Epstein case. He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)"
    • "But much worse was to come from Epstein’s army of willfully blind lobbyists. In 2007 and 2008, as the FBI prepared a 53-page indictment that would charge Epstein with sex crimes, Epstein’s powerful legal team played the influence card.

      After the one meeting with then-U.S. Attorney Acosta, where presumably “intelligence” was mentioned, the indictment was shelved and, instead, Epstein signed a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors, pleading guilty to one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of procurement of minors for prostitution, which earned him a cushy 13 months in county jail, from where he was allowed to leave to work at his office and go for walks."
  • The Hill, "Former state's attorney pushes back against Acosta account of Epstein case", 2019/07/10 (statement by former Palm Beach State Attorney Barry Krischer reported on by Andrew Lofholm of WPTV)
  • Daily Beast, "Jeffrey Epstein Abused Victims While Serving Time in Florida, Accuser’s Lawyer Says", 2019/07/16: "An attorney representing Jeffrey Epstein accusers said Tuesday that at least one woman has come forward to say she was abused while the financier was on work release as part of his lenient 2007 plea deal. Lawyer Brad Edwards said Epstein was allowed to have visitors while he was supposed to be working during the 13-month sentence. “It was not for some business arrangement and it was for... improper sexual contact,” Edwards said, adding that the new accusers said they were under 21, though they may not have been minors. “He just wasn’t in jail. He only slept there. He was in his office most of the day and what I can tell you he had visitors, female visitors,” Edwards said."
  • WPTV, "PBSO launches internal investigation into agency's handling of Jeffrey Epstein case", 2019/07/19: "Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has ordered an Internal Affairs investigation into his agency's handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case, while the Palm Beach billionaire and registered sex offender was on a work release program more than a decade ago. Sheriff Bradshaw is the one who approved and oversaw the work release arrangmenent then."
  • Miami Herald, "Lawmaker says she’s been told to back off call for probe of Jeffrey Epstein’s work release", 2019/07/25: "Florida Sen. Lauren Book has reached out to Capitol police after receiving an anonymous warning connected to her demand for a state inquiry into Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s handling of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s lenient work release program, the Miami Herald has learned. Book, a vocal advocate for child sexual assault survivors, said she also received more than a dozen calls from Bradshaw’s political supporters asking her to back off on her call for an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into Bradshaw. [...] Book, in an interview with the Herald, said she had asked the Capitol police, who handle security for state lawmakers, to look into claims made on a Russian website alleging that Bradshaw was behind an effort to access her phone and emails by using the pretext of “imminent danger’’ to obtain her personal information. “I’ve received countless phone calls saying ‘Little girl you don’t know what you’re getting into,’ and telling me that I should just stop,’’ said Book, a child sexual abuse survivor herself who has worked to pass strict sex offender laws in Florida. [...] Pbsotalk.org, the website in question, is a blog tied to a former Palm Beach sheriff’s deputy who moved to Russia after starting the site, which claims it is dedicated to exposing corruption in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. The former deputy, John Dougan, fled to Moscow in 2016 following an FBI raid on his Palm Beach home that he claims was politically motivated."
  • WPTV, "State Sen. Lauren Book receiving threats after calling for Epstein investigation, spokesperson says", 2019/07/25: "Between 2008 and 2009, Epstein, who was a convicted sex offender after pleading guilty to solicitation of a minor, was allowed to leave his cell in the Palm Beach County Jail six days a week for 12 hours a day. WPTV Contact 5 uncovered that while Epstein was on work release, he was allowed to get picked up by his private driver, sometimes in a limo, and transported to his office in West Palm Beach. The sheriff's office said a deputy was not with him during that transport. WPTV also found, through deputy logs, that Epstein was taken to his home by deputies at least nine times, and was left in his home unsupervised for up to three hours sometimes, despite the fact that agency rules stated Epstein "is not to leave his designated workplace for any reason, with the exception of returning to the PBSO stockade, or for emergency medical treatment." [...] Last week, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw announced he was launching his own internal investigation into the deputies assigned to Epstein's work release to make sure no internal policies were broken. Sheriff Bradshaw is the one who approved and oversaw the work release from 2008 to 2009."

Life after sentence

  • The Guardian, "Jeffrey Epstein scandal: women with new identities run firms from Epstein-linked property", 2015/01/07
    • "Nada Marcinkova and Sarah Kellen, who were questioned by lawyers about whether Prince Andrew had any involvement in Epstein’s abuse of underage girls, have since reinvented themselves as Nadia Marcinko and Sarah Kensington.

      Marcinkova, 29, is now a pilot and the chief executive of Aviloop, a website selling discounted flying lessons and other deals related to aviation. Kellen, 34, states that she is the owner of SLK Designs, a renovations firm.

      However according to public records, both businesses have operated from addresses in a building on East 66th Street in Manhattan majority-owned by Epstein’s brother Mark, a wealthy property magnate. Two condominiums in the building sold last year for $2.5m and $1.85m."
    • "Marcinkova and Kellen were among four named Epstein associates identified by US government prosecutors as “potential co-conspirators” who would avoid charges under the controversial plea deal Epstein struck in 2007, which saw him serve just over year in jail for his offences."
    • "One alleged victim claimed to police that she was told Marcinkova had been bought from her parents in eastern Europe by Epstein when she was 15, according to detectives. One alleged that she was made to have sex with Marcinkova and to watch her have sex with Epstein."
  • Daily Beast, "Jeffrey Epstein’s Sick Story Played Out for Years in Plain Sight" by Vicky Ward, 2019/07/09: "We, the public, had access to all this information as it played out over the years in plain sight. And yet the outrage just was not there. After his absurdly soft jail time, Epstein carried on as before. He shamelessly wandered the streets of New York accompanied by startlingly young looking foreign women. People in his social set still tell me how “brilliant” he is and phone him for financial advice. A few years ago the journalist Michael Wolff wrote a profile of him for New York magazine that was meant to “rehabilitate” Epstein’s image and would tell of all the billionaires who still, secretly, hung out with Epstein. The piece had “fact-checking” issues and never ran. Even so, the notion that it was considered is mind-boggling."
  • Associated Press, "Financier in sex abuse case went from math whiz to titan", 2019/07/10: "Epstein nearly got another break in 2011, when the Manhattan District Attorney’s office took the unusual step of asking a judge to register him as a lowest level sex offender so he wouldn’t be required to check in with authorities every 90 days. Judge Ruth Pickholz balked, saying she had “never seen a prosecutor’s office do anything like this,” and the DA’s office later reversed its position."
  • Haaretz, "Revealed: Jeffrey Epstein Entered Partnership Worth Millions With Ehud Barak in 2015", 2019/07/11
  • New York Daily News, "Woman who accused Columbia U. gynecologist of abuse sees familiar pattern in DA Vance’s handling of Epstein case", 2019/07/17: "A woman who says she was abused by a perverted Columbia University gynecologist is refuting Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s claim that a prosecutor made a mistake by requesting a lower sex offender status for Jeffrey Epstein. Marissa Hoechstetter says the controversial plea deal for the deranged doctor who allegedly abused her on the exam table, Robert Hadden, followed a pattern set by Epstein five years prior. In the Epstein case, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Gaffney stunned a judge in 2011 by requesting that the multimillionaire perv be designated a “Level 1” sex offender because he had pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from one minor victim — though he’d faced accusations from many more women. Vance’s office has tried to explain the highly unusual request by saying that Gaffney made a mistake analyzing relevant legal standards. But in 2016 Gaffney — who remained deputy chief of the sex crimes unit — was part of a team of prosecutors that consented to a Level 1 sex offender status for Hadden. Around 20 victims had accused Hadden of vile abuse during examinations."
  • Daily Mail, "Jeffrey Epstein partied with Trump's closest advisers including Wilbur Ross, Rudy Giuliani, and Steve Mnunchin at dinner hosted by David Koch just TWO MONTHS after his release from prison", 2019/07/21

Virginia Giuffre lawsuits

  • Politico, "Judge unseals more details in Jeffrey Epstein underage sex lawsuit", 2015/07/07
  • Idavox, "Mike Cernovich, Alan Dershowitz and the Jeffery Epstein Underage Sex Trafficking Case", 2017/03/09: "Unredacted information on the court document included the case number, 1:15-cv-07433-RWS. This case is better known as Giuffre V. Maxwell, and is a suit filed by a woman named Virginia Giuffre against British heiress Ghislane Maxwell, alleging that Maxwell acted as a facilitator and groomer for Jeffrey Epstein’s child prostitution enterprise, and that Maxwell was directly responsible for trafficking the then-underage Giuffre as an unwilling prostitute. Cernovich inserted himself into this case in January of 2017 when he made a motion to intervene and a motion to unseal previously sealed court documents and exhibits in this case. Cernovich’s claim is that his motion to unseal these items is a purely journalistic investigation, and that it was part of his “quest” to oppose pedophiles. This is, apparently, not the case. [...] According to the response in opposition to Cernovich’s motion to unseal, documents filed by Giuffre’s attorneys state that Cernovich is attempting to unseal documents that were sealed under an order intended to protect Giuffre. The opposition documents further state that Cernovich’s motion to unseal mirrored earlier motions to unseal filed by celebrity attorney and close personal friend Alan Dershowitz– who is also named as being involved with Epstein’s sex ring– and that Cernovich is acting as Dershowitz’s proxy. They also noted how Cernovich has been a pro-rape advocate, often using rhetoric favoring the targeting of rape victims, as well as Cernovich’s relationship with Dershowitz, most notably Dershowitz’s appearance in Cernovich’s movie “Silenced”. [...] Further investigation revelaed that Dershowitz filed a motion to intervene in August, 2016, and subsequently filed a motion to unseal the same documents as Cernovich later requested to unseal in 2017."
  • Politico, "Fresh court battle could expose more details in Acosta's controversial Epstein plea deal", 2019/03/06: "Giuffre’s attorney Paul Cassell, a former federal judge, told the three-judge panel that his client favored a “broad unsealing” of the records in a suit that Giuffre brought against Ghislaine Maxwell, an Epstein friend accused of helping procure girls for Epstein and others to engage in sexual activity. “It will demonstrate Epstein and Maxwell sexually trafficked her to Epstein’s friends, including Alan Dershowitz,” Cassell told the court. “She wants all the documents unsealed substantively.” [...] “Are you saying Mr. Dershowitz [came up] in other documents?” Judge Rosemary Pooler asked at one point. “Absolutely, absolutely,” Cassell replied. Dershowitz’s attorney Andrew Celli pleaded with the court to “immediately” release three documents that he contends will demonstrate that Giuffre is lying about having had sex with Dershowitz. [...] And while Dershowitz greeted various observers and journalists, he rebuffed a handshake offered by Miami Herald reporter Julie Brown, whose series on the handling of Epstein’s prosecution recently won a prestigious George Polk Award. In addition to Giuffre, a court transcript released Nov. 7 shows that another Epstein accuser, Sarah Ransome, alleged she was directed to have sex with the Harvard professor, who socialized with Epstein before becoming his lawyer. Dershowitz says records produced during the civil litigation — but still under seal — will show both women to be serial fabricators who have repeatedly lied about him and others and whose stories are often so outlandish that they cannot possibly be true. [...] Dershowitz is still fuming that Giuffre’s lawyers included her allegation against him in a court filing in 2014 that was first discovered and published by POLITICO. He retained former FBI Director Louis Freeh to investigate the claims. Freeh said evidence “directly contradicted” several of the accusations against him."
  • Politico, "Mystery parties seek secrecy in Jeffrey Epstein-related suit", 2019/03/20: "Just prior to a court-imposed deadline Tuesday, two anonymous individuals surfaced to object to the unsealing of a key lower-court ruling in the case, as well as various submissions by the parties. Both people filed their complaints in the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which is overseeing the case. The two people said they could face unwarranted speculation and embarrassment if the court makes public records from the suit, in which Virginia Giuffre, an alleged Epstein victim, accused longtime Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell of engaging in sex trafficking by facilitating his sexual encounters with teenage girls. [...] Three different parties asked Sweet to unseal records in the case: Harvard law professor and former Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz — a prominent Trump defender — filmmaker and far-right social media personality Mike Cernovich and the Miami Herald. Dershowitz said he wanted several records released to disprove and discredit allegations two women have made that they had sex with Dershowitz at Epstein’s direction. Dershowitz has categorically denied the allegations. Cernovich said the far-ranging secrecy in the case undermined efforts to expose sexual trafficking by American elites. The Miami Herald sought to open all records in the suit as part of a series on Epstein it was preparing and ultimately published last year. [...] Maxwell indicated in papers filed by her lawyers Tuesday that she continues to oppose any unsealing."
  • Miami Herald, "At first, Dershowitz welcomed this Epstein-related lawsuit. Now he wants it tossed out", 2019/06/27: "Virginia Roberts Giuffre, now 35, claimed in court documents that between 2000 and 2002, she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with a number of powerful men, including Dershowitz, who was Epstein’s friend and lawyer. [...] Earlier this year, Dershowitz gave a series of media interviews, sometimes taunting Giuffre and Boies with his accusations, and daring them to sue him for defamation, saying he would relish the chance to face them in court. Giuffre accepted the challenge and filed a defamation complaint in April in federal court in the Southern District of New York. “I welcome this lawsuit because everything in the complaint is false and I will be able to disprove all of this in a court of law,’’ Dershowitz told the Miami Herald in April. Now Dershowitz appears to have reconsidered — or, some experts say, is simply exercising a brilliant legal maneuver that places him once again in front of TV cameras — where he can continue to mount his legal battle in the court of public opinion. [...] Dershowitz has said he can prove that both of his accusers are lying, and he said Boies knows their statements are false. As evidence, he played for reporters a phone conversation between him and Boies, of poor quality, in which Boies seems to acknowledge that his client might be confused or mistaken. Boies has said the recording was made without his permission, merges multiple calls into one and is deceptively edited. Dershowitz said the motive for falsely accusing him was to pressure Wexner to pay hush money so that Wexner would not be similarly tarred by Giuffre. But Giuffre has never publicly named Wexner as among those she was directed to have sex with and, in the lawsuit, she said neither she nor her lawyers have ever demanded or received money from Wexner."
  • Miami Herald, "Court to unseal up to 2,000 pages of Jeffrey Epstein-related documents", 2019/07/03: "In its decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a lower district court erred when it issued a blanket sealing of the case, which essentially allowed all the parties to file everything under wraps. “The District Court failed to review the documents individually and produce ‘specific, on‐the‐record findings that sealing is necessary to preserve higher values.’ Instead, the District Court made generalized statements about the record as a whole. This ... was legal error,’’ said Judge Jose A. Cabranes, writing for the three-member panel. [...] Dershowitz says that there are documents in the Maxwell file that will prove that Giuffre has wrongly accused him. “When the materials are unsealed, the public will see the evidence in my accuser’s own words that prove I was framed to get money, and that I am totally innocent, as I have consistently asserted since the day I was falsely accused,’’ Dershowitz said in a statement."
  • Miami Herald, "Dershowitz v. Boies: Jeffrey Epstein case unleashes war between two legal Goliaths", 2019/07/05: "Dershowitz, in a statement to the Miami Herald, asserts that the lawyers’ affidavits are suspect since most of the attorneys are either members of Boies’ firm or beholden to Boies. “All the lawyers who have filed accusatory affidavits are Boies partners, former partners [who] depend on Boies referrals, or co-counsel with Boies who share contingency fees. None is in any way independent,’’ Dershowitz said in an email Thursday. Among the affidavits is one filed by Stanley Pottinger, a former U.S. assistant attorney general for civil rights who is now a principal in Edwards Pottinger, a firm in New York and Fort Lauderdale that specializes in sex abuse cases involving women and children. Pottinger, who represented Giuffre in 2014, said it was he who enlisted Boies to assist in her case because he predicted that Giuffre would become a target of vicious attacks by powerful and wealthy men she had identified as having sex with her under Epstein’s direction. [...] The lawsuits continued, with Giuffre suing Maxwell in 2015, also for defamation. As part of that case, another woman, Sarah Ransome, came forward, claiming that Epstein and Maxwell also directed her to have sex with Dershowitz against her will when she was 22 years and being trafficked by the couple. Dershowitz by then was accusing Boies and McCawley of extortion, claiming that they were part of the team of lawyers that concocted a plot to extort money from Wexner — another claim that Boies denies. [...] Dershowitz has nevertheless continued to publicize his theory about Wexner. In court documents, he has cited another prominent man, Nathan Myhrvold, 55, the former chief of technology of Microsoft. Dershowitz theorizes that Giuffre has mistaken Dershowitz for Myhrvold, because, he says, Myhrvold looks similar. (Myhrvold has red hair, a beard and glasses.) The Herald has been unsuccessful in reaching Myhrvold for comment. Myhrvold was among those in Epstein’s circle of prominent friends who often dined at Epstein’s palatial Manhattan home, according to a 2011 Vanity Fair article."
  • Wall Street Journal, "Epstein Scandal Brings Legal Titans to Blows", 2019/07/18: "Mr. Dershowitz met and spoke with Mr. Boies several times in 2015, both men say, about Ms. Giuffre’s claims. He presented Mr. Boies with an account of his whereabouts during the period that Ms. Giuffre alleged she was abused by Mr. Epstein. He said he had records showing he couldn’t have been in the same place at the same time as Ms. Giuffre. “I was initially very impressed with the representations he made,” Mr. Boies said. Mr. Boies said his firm began uncovering material that cast doubt on Mr. Dershowitz’s account, including flight logs from Mr. Epstein’s plane that Mr. Boies said contradicted Mr. Dershowitz’s claims that he never traveled without his wife. Talks collapsed in late 2015."

New York prosecution

  • Reuters, "Financier Epstein goes from luxury life to confined jail cell after sex trafficking charges", 2019/07/10: "Wealthy American financier Jeffrey Epstein, charged with sex trafficking in underage girls, is now confined to a cell in a fortress-like concrete tower jail that has been criticized by inmates and lawyers for harsh conditions. After his arrest on Saturday at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport on arrival from Paris in his private plane, Epstein was likely put in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan, according to defense lawyers and others familiar with the jail. “When you have someone that’s allegedly a sexual predator like Jeffrey Epstein, he’ll need to be in protective custody,” Andrew Laufer, a lawyer who has represented MCC inmates in civil lawsuits against prison officials, said in an interview."
  • July 24 prison incident - suicide attempt or inmate attack
    • NBC New York, "Jeffrey Epstein Found Injured in NYC Jail Cell After Possible Suicide Attempt: Sources", 2019/07/24
      • "Epstein, who is being held in Metropolitan Correctional Center as he awaits his trial for conspiracy and sex trafficking, was found semi-conscious with marks on his neck, two sources told News 4. Investigators are trying to piece together exactly what happened, saying details remain murky."
      • "Two sources tell News 4 that Epstein may have tried to hang himself, while a third source cautioned that the injuries were not serious and questioned if Epstein might be using it as a way to get a transfer.

        A fourth source said an assault has not been ruled out, and that another inmate was questioned. The inmate who investigators have talked to in Lower Manhattan facility has been identified as Nicholas Tartaglione, according to two sources. Tartaglione is a former police officer in Westchester County who was arrested in December 2016 and accused of killing four men in an alleged cocaine distribution conspiracy, then burying their bodies in his yard in Otisville in Orange County, according to court records.

        Epstein and Tartaglione were cellmates, two sources tell NBC 4 New York. Tartaglione's attorney confirmed they shared the same cell block."
      • "The attorney for Tartaglione denied all the claims that his client attacked the financier, saying his client and Epstein get along well. The attorney added Epstein was seen today and appears to be fine."
      • "A spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons confirmed to News 4 that Epstein was treated inside an MCC infirmary and not taken to a hospital. He currently remains inside MCC."
    • New York Post, "Jailed ‘killer cop’ questioned about Jeffrey Epstein’s injuries", 2019/07/25: "Epstein was placed on suicide watch after he was found sprawled on the floor of his cell, nearly unconscious and with injuries to his neck, the sources said. But authorities are leaning away from the idea that the convicted pedophile did it to himself, either to commit suicide or merely get transferred out of the infamous Metropolitan Correctional Center, sources said."
    • CBS, "Jeffrey Epstein injured in jail, put on suicide watch as trial on sex trafficking charges looms", 2019/07/25: "Law enforcement sources say Epstein was found lying on the floor of his jail cell, semi-conscious, despondent and crying with slight bruising around his neck. According to CBS News sources, his clothing appears to have been used in the apparent attempt."
    • New York Daily News, "Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-cop cellmate says he saved multimillionaire sex offender from hanging: source", 2019/07/26: "A law enforcement source confirmed the cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, claimed to have helped Epstein after finding him unconscious. [...] “You’ve got a guy who is a millionaire who is now living among rats and mold and wants to go home,” the source said. “This is a disgusting place and the people there, they treat you disgusting. Who wouldn’t be suicidal in that kind of place? You have a silver spoon in your mouth and then you’re put in a cesspool.” [...] Barket said that contrary to reports Tartaglione inflicted harm on Epstein in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Detention Center, the two cellmates get along just fine. “They became more than cordial,” Barket said. “In the short time they were together, they became friends.” The source also insisted Tartaglione, 51, had nothing to do with Epstein’s injuries. “The guy is on suicide watch. You don’t go on suicide watch if you’ve been assaulted, do you?” the source said."
    • Possible assailant Nicholas Tartaglione
      • The Journal News (Lower Hudson Valley NY), "Feds: Ex-cop Nicholas Tartaglione had phone while in custody in quadruple killing case", 2019/07/23: "An illicit cell phone was confiscated from former Briarcliff cop Nicholas Tartaglione while he was in federal custody awaiting trial in the killing of four men in Orange County, according to court records. Correction officers took the phone from Tartaglione on July 3 in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in lower Manhattan. [...] Tartaglione, who was arrested in December 2016, is facing the death penalty. The day after his arrest the bodies of Martin Luna, Miguel Luna, Urbano Santiago and Hector Gutierrez were found buried on property Tartaglione had previously rented in Otisville. The four men went missing April 11, 2016, after going to the Likquid Lounge, a bar in Chester run by Tartaglione’s brother. According to prosecutors, Tartaglione had been involved in a drug ring and Martin Luna owed them money after failing to deliver cocaine. Luna was lured to the bar but brought his two nephews and Gutierrez, a family friend, with him. [...] Prosecutors have not publicly revealed the role of another defendant in the case, Joseph Biggs, who was arrested several months after Tartaglione. They have also not said how Gerard Benderoth, a former Haverstraw police officer, factored into the case. Benderoth committed suicide in March 2017 as FBI agents intent on questioning him in connection with the quadruple homicide pulled his car over in Thiells."
      • Seth Abramson tweet on 2019/08/17 suggesting that Tartaglione may have done off-duty security work for the Trump National Golf Course which is located in the same city (Briarcliff Manor NY) where he was a police officer: "Media: Did Nick Tartaglione, the ex-Briarcliff Manor cop and quadruple-homicide defendant inexplicably put in Epstein's cell with him, after which—per Epstein—Tartaglione tried to strangle him, ever work overtime security details at Trump National Golf Course in Briarcliff Manor?"
    • The Sun, "Jeffrey Epstein’s life ‘in jeopardy’ as powerful pals ‘don’t want their secrets out’, victim’s lawyer claims", 2019/07/29: "Spencer Kuvin, who represents three of the billionaire perv's sex trafficking accusers, threw doubt on claims the financier attempted suicide. [...] Now Kuvin believes Epstein knows so much dirt about his rich and famous friends that there may be some individuals willing to organise a "hit" on him to prevent that information ever getting out. "I question whether or not it was a true suicide attempt that Mr Epstein was involved in in jail or whether or not there may be some powerful people who just don’t want him to talk," Kuvin told Sun Online."
    • New York Post, "Jeffrey Epstein’s last words to lawyer before his jailhouse death", 2019/08/14: "Epstein’s death followed a July 23 incident in which he was found nearly unconscious on the floor of his cell with marks on his neck and was placed on a suicide watch, law enforcement officials have said. He was removed from the suicide watch on July 29 at the request of his defense lawyers, according to published reports. At the time of the July 23 incident, Epstein was sharing his cell with a hulking, former Westchester County cop, Nicholas Tartaglione, who faces a death-penalty trial in four drug-related slayings upstate. Epstein told his lawyers that “the cop roughed him up, and that’s why they got him off suicide watch,” the source familiar with Epstein’s case said."
  • Alleged suicide on August 10

Additional pedophile ring links

  • Jean-Luc Brunel modeling agencies Next Model Management and MC2
    • Jezebel, "The Sex-Trafficking Model Scout", 2010/08/04
      • "Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier who the FBI believes molested around 40 underaged girls, was assisted by a prominent modeling agent and scout. Here’s what we know about Jean Luc Brunel."
      • "But as Conchita Sarnoff wrote at The Daily Beast:

        > Perhaps most disturbing, in terms of possible sex trafficking, was Epstein’s relationship with Jean Luc Brunel, owner of the MC2 modeling agency. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, an alleged victim said that Epstein, [assistant and girlfriend Ghislaine] Maxwell, Brunel, [house manager Alfredo] Rodriguez, and Marcinkova ‘deliberately engaged in a pattern of racketeering that involved luring minor children through MC2, mostly girls under the age of 17, to engage in sexual play for money.’"
      • "Brunel, along with numerous young models, was a frequent passenger on Epstein’s private jet, according to flight manifests. The agency owner also allegedly received $1 million from Epstein in 2005, when he founded MC2 with his partner, Jeffrey Fuller; although Fuller and Brunel denied any such payment from the billionaire pervert in 2007, when rumors started swirling, Sarnoff got confirmation from a former bookkeeper at the agency. Whether the money was a secret investment in MC2, or a payment for Brunel’s services as a procurer, is unknown. Brunel also visited Epstein in jail."
      • "How pervy do you have to be for John Casablancas to call you a perv? Pervy enough to drug and rape numerous teenagers, according to 60 Minutes and Diane Sawyer, who investigated Brunel in 1988. The program interviewed nearly two dozen models who said they had been sexually assaulted by Brunel and/or by his fellow agent, Claude Haddad. Even at that time, Brunel had a reputation as a man one could go to to procure a “date” with a young model. CBS spoke to five models who said that Brunel and/or his friends had drugged and raped them. Said producer Craig Pyes, “Hundreds of girls were not only harassed, but molested.”"
    • Daily Beast, "Jeffrey Epstein’s Modeling Ties Go Much Deeper Than Victoria’s Secret", 2019/09/07: "But Epstein’s ties to the industry run deeper than previously reported. The financier regularly dropped by the New York offices of one of modeling’s biggest agencies—Next Model Management—according to sources familiar with the business, and lavished funds on charities connected to Next co-owner Faith Kates and her family. Brunel owned a 25 percent stake in Next with his brother, according to previously unreported court documents. [...] Kates met Epstein through a mutual friend in the 1980s, a lawyer for the talent agent told The Daily Beast in a letter. She claims to have lost touch with him in the early 1990s and to have been reacquainted with him about 10 years ago, after his release from prison. [...] Timothy Priano, a makeup and hair agent who worked with the company, recalled being pulled into a meeting with Epstein and Kates at the New York offices in the late 1990s. Another employee said the money man was “in and out of our office constantly” in the early 2000s. “I would only see him come in and go straight to her office with the door closed,” that person said. “It was always like, ‘Get Jeffrey Epstein on the phone.’” [...] Brunel’s name was kept out of the press at the time of Next’s formation, after multiple models accused him of sexual assault in a 1988 60 Minutes feature."
    • Daily Beast, "Steven Mnuchin’s Mysterious Link to Creepy Epstein Model Scout", 2019/09/15: "In the late 1980s—before he was a member of Donald Trump’s Cabinet, or even a high-rolling hedge-fund manager—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin served in an official capacity for a business run by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s most infamous associates. In official records, Mnuchin is listed as the official state point of contact for Next Management Corporation, a company formed in 1988 by modeling-industry insiders Jean-Luc Brunel and Arnaud Brunel. [...] Records accessed by The Daily Beast list Mnuchin as the New York Department of State process for Next Management Corporation. According to department officials, the DOS process is the person who files a company’s registration papers and receives lawsuits and other official documents on their behalf—usually a lawyer or some other legal representative."
  • Eastern European human trafficking
    • From "The Talented Mr. Epstein": "Epstein is known about town as a man who loves women—lots of them, mostly young. Model types have been heard saying they are full of gratitude to Epstein for flying them around, and he is a familiar face to many of the Victoria’s Secret girls. One young woman recalls being summoned by Ghislaine Maxwell to a concert at Epstein’s town house, where the women seemed to outnumber the men by far. “These were not women you’d see at Upper East Side dinners,” the woman recalls. “Many seemed foreign and dressed a little bizarrely.” This same guest also attended a cocktail party thrown by Maxwell that Prince Andrew attended, which was filled, she says, with young Russian models. “Some of the guests were horrified,” the woman says."
    • Gawker, "Exclusive: Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Slave", 2006/07/28: "So who is she? Strangely, the Douglas Elliman site lists Marcinkova's name but no information, and a quick search reveals that she's not been licensed in the states of New York or Florida. But in previously unpublished pages from police documents, there might be an answer. According to one girl's statement:

      > The encounters included bringing in his assistant, Nada Marcinkova. [Redacted] explained Epstein had purchased her from her family in Yugoslavia. Epstein bragged he brought her into the United States to be his Yugoslavian sex slave."
    • Jezebel, "The Sex-Trafficking Model Scout", 2010/08/04
      • "[...] his various depravities. Which included, for the record: buying a 14-year-old Yugloslavian named Natalia Marcinkova from her parents in order to keep Marcinkova as his “sex slave”"
      • "> These same civil complaints allege that young girls from South America, Europe, and the former Soviet republics, few of whom spoke English, were recruited for Esptein’s sexual pleasure. According to a former bookkeeper, a number of the girls worked for MC2, the modeling agency owned by Jean Luc Brunel, a longtime acquaintance and frequent guest of Epstein’s."
      • "And so Brunel is still criss-crossing the globe, trawling for 5’10” 13-year-olds from Eastern Europe and (the whiter parts of) South America. And apparently taking the occasional ride with them on Epstein’s private jet. Is there any better argument for the regulation of the modeling industry?"
  • Possible DynCorp link

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