Who is Leslie Wexner, the founder of L Brands?
Leslie Wexner, the founder and former CEO of L Brands and former friend of 82-year-old Jeffrey Epstein has been accused of having sex with underage girls, according to recent reports.
On Tuesday, Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown tweeted that Virginia Giuffre claimed to have been directed by Epstein to have sex with Wexner as well as former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barack.
Brown’s tweet claimed that former Epstein’s attorney Alan Dershowitz’s own attorney confirmed the charges, citing sealed depositions that had been presented to Dershowitz.
Dershowitz had previously claimed that Giuffre had accused Wexner and Barak in a Newsmax article earlier this month.
According to the article, the two men – and several other defendants – have denied the allegations against them.
Wexner – who was the CEO of L Brands until early this year – denied knowing that Epstein, his former fund manager, had been involved in sex trafficking, according to a letter he wrote to employees last July.
Several months later, at the company’s investor conference, Wexner said he was embarrassed to have been friends with Epstein, FOX Business Previously reported.
“Being exploited by someone who was so sick, so cunning, so depraved is something I’m embarrassed to even be close to, but that’s the past,” Wexner said at the conference.
Here’s what else you need to know about Wexner.
Wexner stepped down as CEO and chairman of L Brands in May, company says website.
He founded L Brands in 1963 with the establishment of its first store, The Limited, the company’s website says.
He bought Victoria’s Secret in 1982 for $ 1 million, Forbes reported. In February, L Brands attempted to sell a majority stake in lingerie retailer to private equity firm Sycamore Partners, but the deal collapsed in May.
According to the L Brands website, the company still intends to sell Victoria’s Secret – including its Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, Victoria’s Secret Beauty and PINK – so that its other brand, Bath & Body Works, can be a stand-alone business.
L Brands, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, previously owned Limited Stores and Express – which it sold in 2007 – and Henri bendel and La Senza – which he sold in 2019.
In 1980, Wexner helped found the Wexner Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on Jewish leadership and philanthropy, according to the website.
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