THE SCANDALOUS LIFE OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN
Updated: Oct 7, 2020
An inside look into his lifestyle, arrest, and mysterious death
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On 10th August 2019, Jeffrey Epstein was found deceased in his cell in Metropolitan correctional centre in Downtown Manhattan. An autopsy conducted by New York City's Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson concluded that Epstein hanged himself. The news of Epstein’s death by suicide came almost a month after he was arrested on 8th July 2019 and was charged with criminal charges of sex trafficking in girls as young as 14, relating to conduct from at least 2002 to 2005. He had pleaded not guilty.
On 30th October 2019, Dr. Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist working for Jeffrey Epstein's brother, Mark, announced he believed that Epstein did not die by suicide. Epstein, 66, experienced a number of injuries that “are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation”, he said on the morning TV show ‘Fox and Friends’. As the death of Epstein continues to be somewhat of a mystery, Both the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice's Inspector General are conducting investigations into the circumstances of his death.
Epstein’s Criminal Origins
Epstein started his career in New York City as a math teacher at the elite Dalton School, but in the 1970s, he went to work at the investment bank Bear Stearns before founding his own firm, J. Epstein and Co., in 1982. According to Vox, he specifically marketed his services to "those with assets worth more than $1 billion," and operated his company out of the U.S. Virgin Islands for tax reasons. Epstein was a convicted sex offender who previously served 13 months in a Palm Beach county jail. Per the indictment, "over the course of many years, Jeffrey Epstein, the defendant, sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations."
His indictment also noted that Epstein also paid certain of his victims to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused. The prosecution alleged that he sexually assaulted girls as young as 14 years old.
Little Black Book
Aside from the flight logs of Epstein’s jet nicknamed Lolita Express, the records of Epstein’s “black book” suggest contact with various high profiles. This address book has the contact information of many public figures, including names of the socialite’s associates that range from entrepreneurs to celebrities.His former associates include Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Queen Elizabeth's son Prince Andrew.
(Donald Trump and his then-girlfriend Melania pose for a photo with Jeffrey Epstein, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell at the Mar-a-Lago club in 2000.)
Epstein sex trafficking case: A timeline
2005: One of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims, aged 14, reports him to the police in Palm Beach
2006: Epstein is charged with unlawful sex acts with a minor
2007: A plea deal is struck - instead of facing federal sex-trafficking charges, Epstein pleads guilty to two charges of soliciting prostitution, including with a minor
2008: Epstein gets an 18-month sentence following the plea deal
November 2018: The Miami Herald publishes an explosive investigation into Epstein, the plea deal, and the dozens of women alleging abuse
July 2019: Epstein is arrested again, accused of sex trafficking of underage girls over a number of years
August 2019: Epstein is found dead in his prison cell while awaiting trial
2 July 2020: Ghislaine Maxwell is arrested by the FBI at her New Hampshire home
14 July 2020: Maxwell pleads not guilty to charges of trafficking minors for Epstein and is denied bail
In July 2020, Ghislaine Maxwell Epstein's ex-girlfriend and long-time business associate, was arrested on charges relating to Epstein's sex trafficking operation. She’s currently awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to enticement of minors, child sex trafficking, and lying under oath.
Daughter of the late British media mogul Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell is a well-connected figure, she is said to have introduced Epstein to many of her wealthy and powerful friends, including Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
The judge denied bail after Maxwell’s lawyers argued she was at risk of COVID-19 in jail. However, the judge allowed Maxwell to see her lawyers in jail despite COVID-19 restrictions. She was the second inmate to be granted the request.
Interestingly, emails between UK socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and the late US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have been revealed in a trove of unsealed court documents. In the conversation, Epstein tells Maxwell she has done "nothing wrong" in the 2015 exchange, which appears to contradict her earlier claims of not having contacted him.
In the deposition, accuser Virginia Giuffre says Maxwell was as equally involved in sex trafficking as Epstein. Maxwell remains in custody in New York, charged with trafficking minors for Epstein and perjury. She could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted.
Giuffre versus Maxwell
There is a near 350-page paper containing the testimony from 2016 of Virginia Giuffre, who has alleged that she was forced into sex with Epstein and his friends. The deposition comes from her now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against Ms Maxwell.These records which were released as part of a defamation suit between Giuffre and Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, provide detailed information of a series of disturbing sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men. Most of the allegations are not new, having appeared in media coverage about eight years ago. When seen together, however, they paint a shockingly disturbing picture of an alleged sexual exploitation scheme that operated for years, shielded by enormous privilege and powerful people.
Giuffre says that Epstein and Maxwell trafficked her to places around the world for their sexual pleasure and others’ starting when she was an underage teen. She maintains that Maxwell, a British socialite, recruited her to train as a masseuse while she worked at Mar-a-Lago, the resort in Florida owned by President Trump, where her father had a job in maintenance.
But the massage work was just a cover for sex work, Giuffre says. Maxwell allegedly functioned as a madame, procuring underage girls for sexual exploitation by Epstein, his wealthy friends and herself.
Maxwell and Epstein both disputed Giuffre’s allegations, and the case was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2017.
Here are some of the biggest accusations and takeaways from the newly unsealed records:
· Giuffre says she was directed to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew.
· She also said she was ordered to have sex with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and modelling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, among others.
· Epstein’s former house manager estimated that he saw around 100 girls visit Epstein at his Palm Beach home.
· Giuffre said she was once taken to Presbyterian Hospital in New York after suffering sexual abuse and provided medical records to back up her claim.
· Another butler testified that Maxwell pressured a 15-year-old Swedish girl into having sex with Epstein against her will.
· Epstein repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights while under oath.
· Recent ruling by Federal Judge Allison Nathan, Ghislaine Maxwell’s request for to lighten her confinement conditions was denied and she will continue to stay isolated in jail. Furthermore, Maxwell isn’t allowed to learn the accusers name until attorneys for both sides meet and create a plan to disclose evidence and other materials in a standard pre-trial procedure known as discovery, at which point the names could come up.
· The US Virgin Islands asked for permission to view sealed documents in a civil case against Ghislaine Maxwell as part of their lawsuit against the estate of multi-millionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.In court papers, a lawyer for the territory’s government argued the sealed documents in the defamation case brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre are “very likely relevant” to their case against Epstein’s estate.
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