Jeffrey Epstein’s paper trail: a look at the convicted pedophile’s powerful connections
New York financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his Manhattan cell early Saturday morning, has been charged with child sex trafficking and sexual abuse of girls as young as 14.
Epstein, long pursued by rumors of child sexual abuse, was known for gathering friendships, forming a circle of notable and influential politicians, foreign leaders and businessmen around him before his guilty plea in 2007 for solicitation of prostitution with a minor.
FOX Business takes a closer look at some of these connections:
Donald Trump: President Trump is Epstein’s former friend, who once flew in the financier’s private jet, and neighbor in Mar-A-Lago. Trump’s relationship with Epstein began in the late 1980s, and the duo reportedly partied together in the late 1990s, according to many media reports.
“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. A great guy, ”Trump told New York magazine in 2002.“ It’s a lot of fun to be with him. It is even said that he loves beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are younger. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life.
Trump has not been charged with having sex with minors.
Bill Clinton: Former President Clinton was friends with Epstein and has flown on his private plane four times. Epstein has donated to the Clinton Foundation, as well as other Democratic causes and candidates. There were no charges of sexual misconduct against Clinton linked to Epstein.
Prince André: The Duke of York, who remained friends with Epstein until 2010, is accused of having had sex with one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. He denied the accusation. In documents unsealed Friday by federal prosecutors in New York, including affidavits and depositions from key witnesses in a lawsuit brought by Giuffre against Epstein and his associate, Giuffre alleged that she was forced to ‘have sex with Prince Andrew in three separate locations.
Leslie Wexner: Epstein has previously been praised by Leslie Wexner, CEO of L Brands (which includes Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), as “a most loyal friend” with “excellent judgment and exceptionally high standards,” the New York reported. Times. Epstein was Wexner’s personal fund manager for a period that ended almost 12 years ago, a company spokesperson told The Times. The company called Epstein’s alleged crimes “heinous.”
Bill Richardson: Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico and former member of the Clinton cabinet, was named in documents released by federal prosecutors on Friday. Giuffre said she was forced to have sex with Richardson, 71. He denied the accusations in a statement to Fox News, saying they were “completely false.”
George Mitchell: The former Maine senator, a Democrat, was also named in documents released Friday, in which Giuffre said she had been “trafficked” by Mitchell. Mitchel is a former Senate Majority Leader who represented Maine from 1980 to 1985; he was then appointed Special Envoy to the Middle East by President Obama. An affidavit from former Epstein employee Juan Alessi also alleges that Mitchell, 85, partnered with Epstein.
“The allegation in the published documents is false,” Mitchell said in a statement to Fox News. “I have never met, spoken or had contact with Ms. Giuffre.”