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CBS: We’ve confirmed Epstein’s main facilitator “G-Max” was holed up in New England

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By late yesterday, the Daily Mail’s scoop on the whereabouts of Ghislaine Maxwell began looking a bit shaky. This morning, however, CBS News claims to have confirmed that Jeffrey Epstein’s “main facilitator” has hidden herself in a Massachusetts mansion — at least until very recently. They sent a crew to the enclave of Manchester-by-the-Sea, where residents recognize Maxwell as the person haunting a mansion of late:

CBS News has confirmed with a nearby property manager that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was recently living at a secluded mansion in the small New England beach town Manchester-by-the-Sea and going by the names “G” or “G Max.” Maxwell is accused of overseeing Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring and has kept a low profile since his death. …

The nearby property manager we spoke to says Borgerson and Maxwell were a couple, and they saw them running together every morning. Maxwell has not been charged with a crime and previously denied the allegations against her.

As my favorite true-life TV detective often says … well, my my my. That will make it easy for prosecutors to find “G-Max,” I suppose, if she’s still there. That seems pretty doubtful, especially after the events of the last few days. Bloomberg’s also skeptical about the present status of Maxwell, reporting today that her “trail has gone cold”:

The question gained new urgency on Wednesday as television news trucks descended on picturesque Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, in search of Maxwell, whose long entanglement with Jeffrey Epstein has made her a figure of international intrigue.

The media scrum was prompted by a report in Britain’s Daily Mail that said Maxwell — whom employees at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion referred to as the “lady of the house” — was hiding out in an oceanfront mansion here.

But there were no signs of Maxwell at the grand home perched above the Atlantic, if indeed she ever was here. Beyond the long, tree-lined drive, the white colonial, known as Tidewood, appeared to be empty. From the great room overlooking the water to the seven bedrooms, the place was dark. The Mail, citing anonymous sources, said Maxwell had rarely ventured out. The owner of the house, tech entrepreneur Scott Borgerson, yesterday denied that Maxwell is hiding out in his property, adding that he’d asked local police to check the residence.

One explanation seems obvious. Ghislaine Maxwell might have lived in Manchester-by-the-Sea for a while after the sale of her Manhattan mansion in 2016. When Epstein got arrested a few weeks ago, however, Maxwell might have decided to make herself scarce. As CBS’ Rikki Klieman says, it’s very obvious that Maxwell herself would be a target for prosecutors at some point after their renewed interest in Epstein’s activities overcame whatever reservations they had about abrogating the 2007 non-prosecution agreement. And since Maxwell herself is technically not a signatory to that agreement and had never been charged, the issues of double jeopardy never applied to her anyway. She didn’t need William Barr’s warning after Epstein’s suicide to know she had a prosecutorial bullseye painted on her back.

G-Max isn’t the only high-profile Epstein associate changing addresses, either, at least for the time being:

Prince Andrew is said to be ‘panicked’ amid renewed scrutiny over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and has been swept to Spain by his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson so she can ‘look after him’, it was revealed today.

The divorced couple, who are rumoured to have rekindled their relationship, were seen getting off a private jet at Malaga Airport yesterday following Epstein’s suicide in New York last week.

The Duke and Duchess were driven by limousine to the luxury Sotogrande resort, where they have holidayed together since 2009 often in their favourite private villa valued at upwards of £38million.

There is zero chance that US prosecutors would attempt to extradite a member of the British royal family even as a material witness, let alone as a target for prosecution. However, Prince Andrew may be very concerned that Epstein’s rumored trove of compromising materials might be about to surface, and that would spell disaster for the status of the royal family at home.

If Maxwell has taken off, she won’t go to Spain. Prosecutors would have no trouble extraditing her from Spain or really most of the rest of the world. G-Max’s trail almost certainly will lead to a non-extradition country and suitcases filled with financial instruments beyond the reach of plaintiff’s attorneys. She’s not going to make the same mistake of hubris that Epstein made.

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Jeffrey Epstein Had a Painting of Bill Clinton In a Blue Dress For Some Reason

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A new report, including pictures, came out today exposing that Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of Bill Clinton on the wall of his New York mansion. That would be weird enough, but the painting also included the odd detail of the former President posing while wearing a blue dress. I guess this was a humorous throwback to the Monica Lewinsky saga?

Jeffrey Epstein had a bizarre portrait which appeared to be of Bill Clinton in a dress hanging in his Manhattan mansion, DailyMailTV can reveal.

The picture depicting the former president apparently lounging on a chair in the Oval Office, wearing red heels and posing suggestively in a blue dress redolent of Monica Lewinsky was in a room off the stairway of the Upper East Side townhouse.

The painting was secretly snapped inside the pedophile’s lavish $56 million home in October 2012, four years after Epstein completed his sweetheart deal for prostitution of a minor and seven years before he was accused of running a sex trafficking ring of underage girls.

Well, alrighty then. We can probably just close up shop on the internet for the day because this can’t be topped in its absurdity.

Bill Clinton had numerous connections to Epstein, including taking 27 flights on his “Lolita Express” private jet and being pegged as present on Epstein’s island, famous for its sex trafficking. The Daily Beast also exposed a rash of private meetings, including events at the White House during the 90s.

What all that adds up to is currently unknown but suspicions have been rightly raised. The news of this painting just adds another layer to their relationship. You’d think they were pretty close if Epstein had this joke painting hanging on his wall. We’ll have to see where the evidence actually takes us though.

In the meantime, if I never see Bill Clinton in a dress again, it’ll be too soon.

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It begins: Epstein victim hits Maxwell, other “adult enablers” with lawsuit

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Today, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims filed the first post-suicide lawsuit targeting his sex-trafficking enablers, including the elusive Ghislaine Maxwell. Araoz filed the lawsuit in addition to the suit she began last month against Epstein himself for sexual abuse:

A new front in the Jeffrey Epstein case opened Wednesday morning, as Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz filed a lawsuit against his estate, his longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell and three unnamed female household staff.

Araoz alleges she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Epstein at his New York City townhouse when she was 14 and 15 years old, including a forcible rape in 2002. She first disclosed her alleged abuse publicly in an exclusive TODAY Show interview with Savannah Guthrie of NBC News on July 10, the same day she filed papers in New York state court saying she intended to sue Epstein.

The complaint Araoz filed Wednesday alleges Maxwell and the other staffers “conspired with each other to make possible and otherwise facilitate the sexual abuse and rape of Plaintiff.”

The other staffers may well be equally guilty, but they may not be equally wealthy. Maxwell has the kind of wealth that makes this effort worthwhile for victims. Her father’s wealth is estimated at nearly two billion dollars; hers is considerably short of that, but perhaps in the same range as Epstein himself.  The problem is that Maxwell isn’t around to answer lawsuits, and Epstein reportedly took the cheap way out. (Araoz has amended her July lawsuit to go after Epstein’s estate.)

It’s not the first time that Maxwell has found herself in the civil hot seat over sex trafficking. She coughed up “millions” to settle a lawsuit brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, although that was ostensibly over defamation after Maxwell publicly called her a “liar.” Maxwell and Epstein settled another lawsuit last year from Sarah Ransome, another of Epstein’s victims, over sex trafficking and intimidation, with the settlement amount undisclosed but likely not terribly low.

Of course, Araoz and other plaintiffs don’t need Maxwell herself to be present, although they’d dearly love to see that. They can go after her assets and force Maxwell to present a defense, assuming of course that Maxwell hasn’t hidden or sheltered her assets as well as she’s done with herself. Right now, Maxwell has bigger issues than lawsuits on her mind. With Epstein having checked out of the picture (one way or another), she’s now the biggest possible target for criminal investigators and prosecutors looking to hold someone responsible for decades of depravity and exploitation of underage girls. If Maxwell is smart, she’ll be anywhere not reachable by a US extradition request. (She may not be that smart, if the Daily Mail’s sources are accurate.)

Araoz explains her decision in today’s New York Times to press forward with her civil claims, not just against Epstein’s estate but also against his “adult enablers.” Without them, Epstein could never have succeeded in the scope of his predation, Araoz convincingly argues:

The power structure was stacked against me. His money, influence and connections to important people made me want to hide and stay silent. Those same powerful forces let him hide and evade justice.

That changes, starting now. I want my story to hold Epstein to account and also his recruiters, the workers on his payroll who knew what he was doing and the prominent people around him who helped conceal and perpetuate his sex-trafficking scheme. Their hideous actions victimized me and so many young girls like me. …

Standing up to the entrenched network of power and wealth that surrounded Epstein is scary, but I am no longer afraid. Reliving these experiences is tough, but I’ve learned to be tougher.

I used to feel alone, walking into his mansion with the cameras pointing at me, but now I have the power of the law on my side. I will be seen. I will be heard. I will demand justice.

So will others, especially now that Epstein’s dead and his “power structure” is on the run. Or at least the part of it that we know about at the moment. When other victims start adding some high-profile male names to this “power structure” in court documents, we’ll see how well the justice system works.

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Report: Epstein Kept “Meticulously Detailed” Diaries that May Still Haunt His Friends

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According to a report from The Mirror, Jeffrey Epstein kept a “meticulously detailed” diary regarding his rich and powerful friends according to an unnamed source.

The Mirror reported that the source mentioned that Epstein liked to surround himself with the rich and powerful for “insurance” and “protection.” After the news that Epstein died in what appears to be a suicide, many breathed a sigh of relief that they wouldn’t be found out, but that with the existence of the diary, it’s not over:

Following the billionaire’s jail-cell death, it was claimed Epstein’s associates were “breathing a huge sigh of relief”.

Now, as questions are being asked about whether the 66-year-old took his own life or was killed to silence him, the pervert’s secrets are set to spark panic among his powerful circle of friends, including Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.

A source revealed: “All Jeff ever had he bought, including his friends.

“He used his wealth to buy buddies and then bestow his money on those he courted.

“Jeff knew his relationships with the rich and famous brought him protection.

“He kept a diary in meticulous detail in case he ever needed it.

“One former congressman said there are a lot of people ‘breathing a huge sigh of relief’ now Jeff is dead.

“They should hold their breath for a long time to come. It ain’t over.”

It should be noted that this is just a rumor and no evidence of a diary has been put forth as of yet. The death of Epstein and the odd way in which he died have sparked more than enough conspiracies and rumors, however, if Epstein was this powerfully connected and ran a pedophilic organization this expansive, it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of reality to think that he didn’t have some kind of insurance against discovery.

If some kind of diary or source of information is out there that could potentially expose Epstein’s cohorts, it will hopefully come out during the investigation.

Hopefully.

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Wexner: Epstein made his money the old-fashioned way — he stole it

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Mystery solved? Jeffrey Epstein built what appears to be a billion-dollar-or-more fortune as an investment manager for a small select clientele — except few people can remember Epstein doing the work necessary for it. How, people wondered, did Epstein go from a private-school teacher to billionaire pedophile weirdo in such a short period of time?

Leslie Wexner, Epstein’s first and only publicly identified client, has finally spoken publicly about their financial relationship. Wexner published an open letter accusing Epstein of “misappropriated vast sums of money” from him before Wexner cut ties after Epstein’s first arrest for sex-trafficking minors:

Leslie Wexner, the billionaire behind Victoria’s Secret, said his former money manager Jeffrey Epstein misappropriated more than $46 million of his fortune, revealing for the first time some of the financial fallout from his relationship with the disgraced financier.

In a letter Wednesday, the founder and chief executive of L Brands Inc., wrote to members of his Wexner Foundation that the missing funds were uncovered after Mr. Wexner decided in 2007 to sever ties with Mr. Epstein. Mr. Wexner began the separation process after allegations against Mr. Epstein surfaced involving sexual abuse of underage girls.

“We discovered that he had misappropriated vast sums of money from me and my family,” Mr. Wexner wrote in the letter, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. “This was, frankly, a tremendous shock, even though it clearly pales in comparison to the unthinkable allegations against him now.”

In January 2008, Mr. Epstein transferred $46 million worth of investments to a Wexner charitable fund, tax records show. Mr. Wexner said the transfer was only a portion of the funds that his money manager had allegedly misappropriated. “All of that money—every dollar of it—was originally Wexner family money,” he wrote.

According to the Wall Street Journal’s calculations, the $46 million by itself would have been at least a quarter of all the money Epstein made off of Wexner. That figure was apparently some sort of settlement to unwind allegations of embezzlement as Epstein prepared to fight the Department of Justice over sex-trafficking charges. That might explain why Wexner apparently never filed a complaint over the “misappropriation.”

How many others got burned? It’s tough to say, as so far only Wexner has come forward about it. Although he’s been identified as sort of a Patient One for the building of Epstein’s fortune, Wexner claimed that other clients of Epstein personally vouched for him before Wexner opened up the books:

In the letter, Mr. Wexner explained why he gave Mr. Epstein so much control. He wrote that several friends “vouched for and recommended him as a knowledgeable financial professional.” He added that Mr. Epstein claimed he had many well-known clients.

That may be putting a spin on things, though. Their relationship raised eyebrows from its very inception among Wexner’s associates, noting that Epstein came out of nowhere and displaced friends with more connection to Wexner:

They were introduced by insurance executive Robert Meister, a mutual friend. Epstein, who was coming off a stint at Bear Stearns, pitched himself as a tax expert, and Wexner immediately began spending a lot of time with him — though it’s unclear if there was a formal financial arrangement between the two at the time.

Some associates of Wexner were baffled as to why the billionaire would become so enamored of someone who was such an unknown quantity. “I tried to find out how did he get from a high school math teacher to a private investment adviser,” Robert Morosky, the former vice chairman of The Limited, said. “There was just nothing there.” …

The Times quotes Jim Duberstein, a onetime friend of Wexner’s who had known him for years, as saying that shortly after the Wexner-Epstein bond took hold, Wexner took Epstein’s side over his in a disagreement — then cut him out of his life completely, in what appeared to be a pattern.

“Les Wexner, until the time he quit talking to me, was probably the finest person I ever met in my life,” Duberstein said. He was the most charitable, the most generous, the most understanding. I have nothing but praise for him — until he just cut his umbilical cord.”

NYMag’s Adam Raymond thinks this letter from Wexner solves at least part of the mystery behind Epstein’s vast fortune:

In the aftermath of Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest, one of the more confounding mysteries surrounded how the man made his money. Some suggested he engaged in an elaborate blackmail scheme, others thought he was a money launder. But it always seemed as if one man was in a particularly good place to know the truth.

For years, Leslie Wexner was the only publicly known client of Epstein’s money management firm. The CEO of L Brands, which controls stores such as Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, Wexner’s relationship with Epstein raised suspicion from its beginning in the mid ’80s.

Now, for the first time since Epstein’s arrest, Wexner has spoken out in some detail about the relationship and suggested a new theory for how Epstein got rich: He stole millions. In a letter to the Wexner Foundation, the 81-year-old Ohio billionaire wrote that Esptein “misappropriated vast sums of money from me,” stealing more than $46 million in their decade and a half working together.

Raymond’s not totally convinced, however, because Wexner’s lack of action after discovering Epstein’s reported embezzlement also doesn’t make much sense. “Why didn’t he call the cops?” Raymond wonders at the end. That’s a good question, but hardly the only good one from this tale. How did Epstein burrow so quickly into Wexner’s financial empire? How did he manage to do the same with other clients? Did he also steal from them as well — and if he did, why didn’t any of them raise the alarm? It’s tough to believe that Epstein would have only victimized his first and biggest client, after all.

This is just one secret in the Epstein case to finally emerge. Don’t expect it to be the last, or the worst.

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Jeffrey Epstein Had A Dream: He Wanted ‘To Seed The Human Race With His DNA’

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FILE – This July 27, 2006 arrest file photo made available by the Palm Beach, Fla., Sheriff’s Office shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender, has been arrested in New York on sex trafficking charges. Two law enforcement officials said Epstein was taken into federal custody Saturday, July 6, 2019, on charges involving sex-trafficking allegations that date to the 2000s. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, File)

On Wednesday, the New York Times published a lengthy article written by three writers which offers a glimpse into the world of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The trio interviewed over a dozen of Epstein’s acquaintances to gather material for this story. And they paint a picture of an unusual man with some very unconventional interests.

In addition to his enormous brownstone in Manhattan, his Palm Beach mansion, his private island in the Caribbean, Epstein owns a 33,000-square-foot ranch located just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was here, he told friends, that he wanted women “to be impregnated with his sperm and to give birth to his babies” – 20 at a time.

According to the article, not only did Epstein like to surround himself with beautiful women, but with brilliant scientists. He actively cultvated friendships with many distinguished physicists, researchers, doctors and engineers. This group included:

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, who discovered the quark; the theoretical physicist and best-selling author Stephen Hawking; the paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and best-selling author; George M. Church, a molecular engineer who has worked to identify genes that could be altered to create superior humans; and the M.I.T. theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, a Nobel laureate.

He was especially interested in transhumanism which is “the science of improving the human population through technologies like genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Critics have likened transhumanism to a modern-day version of eugenics, the discredited field of improving the human race through controlled breeding.”

Another of his acquaintances told the writers that Epstein was fascinated by cryonics which is “an unproven science in which people’s bodies are frozen to be brought back to life in the future. Epstein told this person that he wanted his head and penis to be frozen.”

The writers spoke to several of the scientists whom Epstein had been involved with. They were told that the “lure was Mr. Epstein’s money…The prospect of financing blinded them to the seriousness of his sexual transgressions.”

Here’s how this mad man entertained his scientist friends:

Scientists gathered at dinner parties at Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, where Dom Pérignon and expensive wines flowed freely, even though Mr. Epstein did not drink. He hosted buffet lunches at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, which he had helped start with a $6.5 million donation.

Others flew to conferences sponsored by Mr. Epstein in the United States Virgin Islands and were feted on his private island there. Once, the scientists — including Mr. Hawking — crowded on board a submarine that Mr. Epstein had chartered.

Epstein had allegedly once told a NASA scientist about his idea for the baby ranch. This man said:

Mr. Epstein had based his idea for a baby ranch on accounts of the Repository for Germinal Choice, which was to be stocked with the sperm of Nobel laureates who wanted to strengthen the human gene pool. (Only one Nobel Prize winner has acknowledged contributing sperm to it. The repository discontinued operations in 1999.)

He said he had the impression that Mr. Epstein was using the dinner parties — where some guests were attractive women with impressive academic credentials — to screen candidates to bear Mr. Epstein’s children.

Such was the high life of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. His money bought him friends, women, the company of renowned scholars, and for a long time, his freedom. Let’s see if it helps him now.

A strange man with even stranger interests.

Read the full article here.

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Feds: We’re investigating other “uncharged individuals” in Epstein case

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That sound you hear is dozens if not hundreds of high-powered elites frantically dialing their attorneys’ offices. In a court filing yesterday, federal prosecutors revealed that Jeffrey Epstein may not be the only one facing charges in a sex-trafficking probe. That revelation came along with a prosecution motion to impose a gag order on both sides:

Federal prosecutors in New York who have lodged child sex trafficking charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein are investigating other “uncharged individuals,” a new court filing says.

Prosecutors made that disclosure as part of a request to the judge in Epstein’s case to order all parties in the case, including Epstein and his defense team, to not publicly disclose any information turned over by prosecutors to the defense as the case heads to trial. …

Judge Richard Berman approved the prosecution’s request, which was not opposed by Epstein’s lawyers, shortly after it was filed.

Berman also imposed a series of restrictions on the defense and Epstein’s review of “images of nude or partially-nude individuals,” which is designated “highly confidential information.”

In addition to barring the defense from transmitting or copying those images, Berman said they can only “be reviewed by the Defendant solely in the presence of Defense Counsel,” and “Shall not be possessed outside the presence of Defense Counel, or maintained, by the Defendant.”

Who might the “uncharged individuals” be? At first, prosecutors and investigators will work from the inside of the Epstein circle out. That means a focus on those who enabled Epstein’s sexual predations and trafficking, especially via the so-called “Lolita Express.” And that means going after Epstein’s staff — on-site personnel, recruiters, and the pilots.

Guess who already got subpoenaed?

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime personal pilots, according to people familiar with the matter, as investigators seek to question the financier’s employees in the wake of his indictment on sex-trafficking charges.

The grand jury subpoenas were served on the pilots earlier this month after Mr. Epstein’s arrest on July 6, some of the people said. Mr. Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after he had returned from Paris on a private jet. …

Testimony from the pilots could be used by federal investigators in their efforts to corroborate accounts from Mr. Epstein’s accusers. They could also provide detail on Mr. Epstein’s travels and his associates. Some of the pilots were responsible for keeping flight logs of passengers who flew on Mr. Epstein’s private jet, according to court filings.

Flight logs? Did they say … flight logs? The pilots could be charged in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, but prosecutors would probably prefer bigger fish in the Epstein morass. The subpoenas rather than arrest warrants point in that direction too, but the underlying threat will be crystal clear. If the pilots want to cut a deal, they’ll need to corroborate who flew on the Lolita Express, when, and with whom. The victims will no doubt be able to identify some of the men who participated with Epstein in orgies with underage girls, but having the logs and the pilots to nail it down will make denials very, very difficult to manage.

In order to go after the really big fish, that’s the steps that need to be taken. That, of course, prompts the question again: why didn’t the Department of Justice do this the first time around? Alex Acosta likes to claim that the evidence wasn’t available back in 2007, but it seems much more accurate to say that prosecutors weren’t looking too hard for it, and not doing much with the evidence they did have.

Something’s changed now, and it looks like Epstein’s political cover is failing him. Even those Epstein associates who don’t get caught up in a prosecution are going to come out of this looking pretty awful. For instance, no one’s quite sure what Epstein was doing for Victoria’s Secret exec Leslie Wexner, but the link did allow Epstein to create a cover for his predatory behavior, the New York Times reports, without any apparent action from Wexner to distance himself from Epstein:

In May 1997, Alicia Arden, a model in California, was introduced to a man who identified himself as a talent scout for Victoria’s Secret. He invited her to his Santa Monica hotel room to audition for the brand’s catalog. When she arrived, Ms. Arden said, the man grabbed her, tried to undress her and said he wanted to “manhandle” her. Ms. Arden, then 27, fled in tears.

It was the type of crisis that should not have come as a complete surprise to leaders at L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret.

In the mid-1990s, two senior executives had discovered that the same man, a close adviser to the company’s chief executive, Leslie H. Wexner, was trying to pitch himself as a recruiter for Victoria’s Secret models. Mr. Wexner was alerted, according to the two executives.

It had happened at least once before, and Wexner had pledged to stop it:

In the summer of 1996, Maria Farmer was working on an art project for Mr. Epstein in Mr. Wexner’s Ohio mansion. While she was there, Mr. Epstein sexually assaulted her, according to an affidavit Ms. Farmer filed earlier this year in federal court in Manhattan. She said that she fled the room and called the police, but that Mr. Wexner’s security staff refused to let her leave for 12 hours. …

When Mr. Wexner was informed about what Mr. Epstein was doing, he promised to take care of the issue, the two executives said.

Less than a year after the alleged assault of Ms. Farmer, Ms. Arden visited Mr. Epstein in his Santa Monica hotel room, expecting to discuss appearing in the Victoria’s Secret catalog. “His weapons were his hands,” Ms. Arden said.

She said she went to the police the day after Mr. Epstein attacked her, worried that he could be using his connection to Victoria’s Secret to hurt other women. A week later, when she could not stop thinking about what had happened, she returned to the police station to put her report on the record.

Somehow, that complaint seems to have died on the vine. Don’t be surprised when more of these kinds of stories finally come to light — and Epstein’s enablers have to account for them.

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Breaking: Judge denies Epstein bail

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It might not have been a moment of truth for Jeffrey Epstein as much as it was for Judge Richard Berman and the Department of Justice. The case on bail seemed fairly straightforward on Monday — Epstein is being charged with serial sexually predatory acts, and he has upward of $500 million in resources with which to abscond and avoid life in prison, plus an anecdotal track record of intimidation. Usually, that would prompt a remand — if the judge thought the case was sound. Berman’s hesitation on Monday seemed significant in that regard.

At least for now, it’s sound enough for Berman:

A judge denied bail Thursday for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges after prosecutors argued the jet-setting defendant is a danger to the public and might flee the country.

The federal judge’s ruling means Epstein will remain behind bars while he fights charges that he exploited dozens of girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.

“I doubt that any bail package can overcome danger to the community,” U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said Thursday.

Epstein’s attorneys had tried turning that argument on its head after Monday’s initial arraignment. They argued in a subsequent motion that denying him bail would be akin to punishing Epstein for being wealthy:

The wealthy sex offender — whose light sentence a decade ago in South Florida has for some come to define the inequities of the U.S. judicial system — has been called an extreme flight risk by federal prosecutors. Facing up to 45 years in prison amid allegations that he molested dozens of underage girls in the mid-2000s in his Manhattan and Palm Beach residences, Epstein has an estimated $559 million fortune that gives him innumerable ways to escape the country, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

But Epstein has pleaded not guilty. And he says he’s willing to put up nearly all his personal wealth as collateral to show that he’ll remain in the country. In fact, a dozen years after Epstein used an army of attorneys and investigators to pressure federal and state prosecutors in South Florida to back away from a similar federal sex trafficking case, defense attorneys say prosecutors want to unconstitutionally use Epstein’s wealth against him.

“To be sure, wealthy defendants do not deserve preferential treatment,” Epstein’s attorneys wrote in court filings Tuesday. “But they certainly shouldn’t be singled out for worse treatment … on the basis of their net worth.”

That would be a better argument if anyone could get a handle on Epstein’s net worth — and how he accrued it. The Miami Herald continues its in-depth reporting on the case by detailing financial records showing that Epstein has managed to hide some of that wealth by keeping it in offshore accounts. It’s still an open question just how much he has on tap:

Now, documents obtained by McClatchy and Miami Herald provide a more detailed — but still very limited — look at Epstein’s wealth. They also underscore the challenge his accusers and the U.S. legal system might face in seeking restitution if he is convicted of the federal sex trafficking charges filed last week. …

The client profile gives a glimpse into Epstein’s wealth, referencing two separate accounts with money kept in a bank. One listed more than $880,507 in the account in 2006/2007, while another bank account under Epstein’s name held almost $3.46 million at a high point over that period. This pales in comparison to the claimed value of his holdings — reported by his attorneys in court as $559 million — but suggests he had the ability to keep money in far-flung places. A check of the bank coding in the profile shows that Epstein banked at the time with HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA in Geneva.

The Epstein documents were among 13.4 million leaked to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, which shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. ICIJ assembled a team of international journalists to investigate what became known as the Paradise Papers when published in October 2017.

In short, Epstein’s financials are a Byzantine mess. It’s impossible to know whether prosecutors can lock down enough of those sources to keep Epstein from getting the cash to flee into a comfortable, non-extradition exile. That’s almost certainly the argument that they will make with Berman today.

However, none of that is new. Epstein’s fabulous wealth and massive resources were well known on Monday. So too was his track record of aggressively pursuing potential witnesses and even investigators before his 2007 plea deal ended the investigations into his sex trafficking. The threat to potential witnesses was significant enough that two of the victims showed up at the bail hearing to beg Berman to keep Epstein behind bars until the trial.

So why did it take three days to think about it? Berman had to be looking at the DoJ’s attempt to get around the 2007 non-prosecution agreement and the viability of the defense claim that a new trial would be a form of double jeopardy. Andrew McCarthy warned that it’s not a slam-dunk for the DoJ to reopen the case, as courts could take a dim view of the claim that a plea deal in one district on a multi-jurisdictional case only binds that district to non-prosecution.

If Berman thought that the DoJ’s case is weak on that point, he might have felt compelled to give Epstein bail on the basis that successful prosecution is in doubt. Today’s decision doesn’t necessarily endorse the DoJ’s position; we can expect further motions to throw out the indictment as well as the products of the search that was prompted by the indictment. Having Epstein behind bars for those arguments does make it easier for victims to come forward, especially those who might have been victimized after the plea deal — which would unequivocally not be covered by that agreement.

Prosecutors hinted at more charges on the way, although without hinting at the time frame of the allegations:

At a hearing Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said the government’s case against Epstein is “getting stronger every single day” as more women contact authorities to say he sexually abused them when they were minors.

Needless to say, Berman took the safe route on bail … in more ways than one.

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That Jeffrey Epstein Story Sure Died a Quick Death and the Reason Is Obvious

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FILE – This July 27, 2006 arrest file photo made available by the Palm Beach, Fla., Sheriff’s Office shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender, has been arrested in New York on sex trafficking charges. Two law enforcement officials said Epstein was taken into federal custody Saturday, July 6, 2019, on charges involving sex-trafficking allegations that date to the 2000s. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, File)

Last week, news was exploding about the arrest and subsequent charging of Jeffrey Epstein, a serial pedophile and sexual abuser who had previously been let off via a sweetheart plea deal back in 2007.

Epstein’s news making ability wasn’t just about his crimes though. It was about who he was connected too, namely much of the rich and powerful in New York. The most serious contact appears to have been with Bill Clinton, who not only traveled many times with Epstein, but was also fingered on his “pedophile island” in the Caribbean by a victim.

As I wrote last week, Clinton is absolutely the most implicated major figure here and every investigative reporter that has any integrity left should be digging deep on this topic.

Every investigative journalist worth their salt should be diving deep into the Clinton and Epstein connection because it’s a flashing red light right now. Instead, we get side-stepping pieces like this one from Vanity Fair riffing about fairly irrelevant connections to Trump while ignoring the most disturbing revelations. Whether they are meaning to or not, the media are helping to cover for some really bad actors by refusing to shift their partisan rancor and follow the evidence.

That was wishful thinking though. On Friday, I tweeted this out with all the cynicism I could muster, opining that now that Sec. Acosta (the only figure with any connection to Trump) had resigned, the story would die a quick death.

Was I right? Absolutely.

The story has vanished. It’s like it never happened. We went from wall to wall coverage to radio silence, with only a few buried pieces on his finances seeing daylight. As long as Sec. Acosta was still around, the media had their hook to tie this all to Donald Trump, despite him having no serious relationship with Epstein and any possible malfeasance by prosecutors occurring over a decade before his presidency.

But when Acosta resigned at the end of the last week, that was it. The hook was gone. They couldn’t readily tie it to Trump anymore so they dropped it. This despite the fact that we know Bill Clinton lied about his interactions with Epstein in his press release on the matter.

Has any mainstream media outlet followed up on this? Anyone questioned Bill Clinton in person? Staked his house out? Stalked him in public to make him answer? Would any Republican ever be left alone over something as sensational and disturbing as the revelations about Clinton’s connections to Epstein? Of course not.

We’ve got a former President implicated in a sexual abuse scheme, on the flight logs with the underage girls, and visiting an island known for its sex trafficking…and no one outside of right wing media cares. CNN isn’t talking about, nor the major networks or newspapers. It doesn’t even appear any of those outlets are looking into it. It’s a total blackout.

What this shows is that the media never really cared about the women who were abused. It was always just another way to slap at Donald Trump. When that was no longer possible, they moved onto the next Trump outrage. It puts the moral vapidness of their profession on full display.

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Victim attorney: Epstein continued predatory behavior while in “jail”

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This would indeed get the attention of Judge Richard Berman in his decision on bail for Jeffrey Epstein — if Brad Edwards can provide proof. Representing one of the then-unnamed victims in the original case, Edwards claimed that Epstein continued to get serviced by an unending series of young women during his 13-month jail term after the 2008 plea deal. Epstein spent six days a week in his local Palm Beach offices, only sleeping in the jail and spending one full day a week there.

However, Edwards did qualify this accusation by saying he had no way to prove that the young women were underage at the time:

“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.

“All I can say is more than one person that visited him,” Edwards said, declining to provide more details because of ongoing litigation. “They believed they were going there for something other than a sexual purpose.

“Once there, he used his perfect master manipulation to turn the situation into something sexual,” Edwards said. “Not one of the individuals was a prostitute. These were all people who at the time that wanted something. They came over under false pretenses and he manipulated them and now his attorneys have labeled them prostitutes.”

This sounds shocking, but it might not be more than a fizzle. Unless the women involved were either minors or forced to comply with Epstein’s sexual demands, then there may not be any crime involved. (There could be grounds for civil action if Epstein lured them there under fraudulent pretense, though.) It’s not a crime for two adults to consent to sex, even if one’s on a ridiculously soft work-release schedule and allowed to be in his private offices for “work.”

Of course, Edwards knows all this too, so presumably he’d have already confirmed that this information is about criminal conduct. Presumably, however, doesn’t mean that it’s assumed. Michael Avenatti made a lot of wild claims about public figures too, and look how reliable that turned out to be. Edwards is no Avenatti, but allegations aren’t proof, either, no matter how fun the press conference is while making them.

Still, one has to wonder about Epstein’s post-conviction habits. This is the first public allegation that they continued in the same vein after scoring that sweet non-prosecution deal from Alex Acosta in 2007. If that’s true, it at least dents the contention from Epstein’s attorneys that he has behaved as a model citizen since his conviction, such as it was. Thus far, publicly anyway, we haven’t seen any women allege sex-trafficking activities after Epstein’s jail term ended.

Prosecutors may sound confident that they can get around that non-prosecution agreement, but what they really need is proof of crimes that took place afterward. Edwards’ client Courtney Wild called for victims to step forward now and to get the justice that she was denied in that Epstein-Acosta agreement:

“As long as the victims speak up,” Wild says, “he won’t get away with it this time. … He will never stop sexually abusing children until he is in jail.” Given the facts of the earlier case, it seems highly likely that Wild is correct. If there are victims from after 2008, let’s hope they come forward soon — if they haven’t already done so quietly with federal prosecutors.

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