JackRiddler » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:43 am wrote:.
[Gawker was] shut down after the (presumably unrelated) suit backed by Peter Thiel in Aug 2016.
Operation Brownstone, also known as a "Brownstone operation," is a reference to a theory that intelligence agencies, such as the CIA and FBI, engage in utilizing underage individuals for prostitution purposes with high profile targets, for the purposes of being able to blackmail those high profile individuals later. Generally, the incidents are recorded via videotape and the underage victims are debriefed after the encounter.
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Maybe clues in how he escaped prosecution - or even mild scrutiny, in 2 financial crimes: the insider trading with E. Bronfman that SEC was investigating before Epstein left Bear Stearns; & world’s largest pre-Madoff Ponzi scheme, that sent his partner, Hoffenberg, to prison.
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Um...Michael Jackson’s Unlikely Friendship With Donald Trump: A Timeline
Kenny HerzogMar. 6, 2019
Photo: Donna Connor/FilmMagic/Getty Images
In the wake of HBO airing Dan Reed’s Sundance-rattling, lawsuit-prompting doc Leaving Neverland, the late Michael Jackson’s alleged history of child molestation and abuse has once again surged to the forefront of the cultural conversation. And once again, that conversation includes those who staunchly defend Jackson and his legacy, just as it did back in 2003 when Jackson was formerly charged, and later acquitted in 2005.
But one voice has been notably, if perhaps unsurprisingly, absent from the renewed conversation: that of President Donald Trump, who had a long and sustained friendship with Jackson and repeatedly spoke publicly in his defense.
Throughout the 1980s and ’90s, there were few more famously wealthy Americans than Donald Trump and Michael Jackson, so it’s unsurprising they’d find themselves moving in similar circles, stepping out publicly at the same fashionable fundraisers and photo ops, and relating to one another’s lavish tendencies, be it gold toilets or private amusement parks. Their friendship continued into the 2000s, and despite the two men’s rapidly diverging paths, Trump continued to publicly support Jackson up through his 2009 death and beyond, painting the late King of Pop as “misunderstood” as recently as the lead-up to the 2016 election.
Again, President Trump has not commented publicly on Leaving Neverland; but the renewed controversy surrounding Jackson’s history inevitably reopens the book on one of his most curious grown-up companionships. Here, then, is a select, annotated timeline of the friendship of Michael Jackson and Donald Trump.
March 3, 1988: In the midst of Jackson’s marathon tour for Bad, the successor to his record-shattering Thriller, he swung through New York for a benefit concert and wowed thousands at Madison Square Garden. It was a performance the New York Times called a “mammoth pop-soul Halloween party.” A then-41-year-old Donald Trump was among those in attendance, and as he recalled to Larry King in 2009, “I spoke to him for a little while. He was low-key, and I’d think, ‘There’s no way this guy is going out to that stage to perform.’” It’s fair to assume Jackson likewise wouldn’t have assumed his new acquaintance would one day be president.
Unknown dates, 1989: In Ivana Trump’s 2017 memoir, Raising Trump, she detailed how Jackson, then 30, was a regular (supervised) playdate hang with Ivanka, Don Jr., and Eric. (Ivana alludes to Jackson having lived in Trump Tower at that time, though we have been unable to corroborate that.) According to Mr. Trump’s first ex-wife, Jackson and her three children would watch MTV or play video games or, naturally, “build Trump Tower in Legos.” And don’t even get her started on that time M.J. popped in for Ivanka’s school performance of The Nutcracker.
April 6, 1990: Today, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City is essentially a glorified way station for seniors shuttling from bus depots to all-you-can-eat buffets. But when it opened on April 2, 1990, the fervor was intense, as if Trump had successfully airlifted the glamorous heyday of mid-century Las Vegas to a sleepy seaside town on New Jersey’s shoreline. (As you can see, the hotel/gambling mecca was very on the nose with its theme.) Then, on April 6, Trump welcomed to the premises his ace in the hole, Michael Jackson himself, for a guided tour that just happened to be captured by media throngs and screaming fans. It was, as late Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host Robin Leach commented at the time, downright Beatlemania-esque. Hell, poor Elle Macpherson nearly got swept away by the adoring crowds. Jackson’s VIP glimpse was capped off with a meal at a made-to-order Taj restaurant, with Jackson “flanked by tiny fans.”
April 8, 1990: While Jackson was occupied at the Taj, he received news that Ryan White — an Indiana teenager whose struggle to survive the AIDS virus, which he contracted from a blood transfusion, made him a subject of national attention — had passed away. In a surreal scene, cameras captured Jackson, with Trump in tow, arriving at the White family home to pay condolences, with Jackson even climbing inside Ryan’s Ford Mustang — which had been a gift from M.J. — as a copy of Bad played on the stereo. When asked by a reporter why the two men had appeared together, a Trump spokesperson answered, “Mr. Jackson spent the weekend at the Taj Mahal as Mr. Trump’s guest, and Michael Jackson asked him to come along.”
Winter 1994: When Jackson began dating Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie, they apparently got more familiar with each other in the cozy confines of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. In Trump’s own telling, Mar-a-Lago helped surface the pair’s simmering chemistry, having written in his book The Art of the Comeback, “I was there, and the magic of Mar-a-Lago brought it out, because after they left, it didn’t work so well. I can tell you, for at least a period of time, these two folks were really getting it on.”
May 26, 1994: That fine spring day, Jackson and Presley wed in what was widely viewed as a hasty matrimony between two pillars of music royalty, if not an outright effort to draw attention away from mounting accusations of child molestation against Jackson. The marriage did indeed dissolve less than two years on, which must have been crushing to their biggest supporter: Donald Trump. As Trump shared with media after they’d tied the knot, “Those two really get along great, and they’re very happy.” He also sneaked in the factoid that they were “at the top of the Trump Tower now.” Turns out the super-couple had been hunkering down in the glistening monolith for an undisclosed length of time leading up to their secret exchange of vows. Jackson would not be the only notorious figure to find residence there.
June 16, 1995: This was the day Jackson released HIStory, a provocatively titled collection coming on the heels of aforementioned molestation accusations and related settlements. One track, “Money,” is a fairly rote calling out of soul-selling haters and frauds, though for years fans have debated whether Trump is among a roll call of names Jackson mutters in the background just over three minutes in. (You be the judge.) Though his intention in doing so could also be argued, as the name-checking is preceded by a message to earn “with dignity.” All evidence points to Jackson believing Trump was an exemplar of such an ethos.
December 18, 2003: On this day more than 15 years ago, Jackson was formally charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. From that point until Jackson was acquitted in June 2005, the performer was presumed guilty across large swaths of public opinion. Trump, however, never wavered in his support, telling Larry King and others throughout that period some version of, “I’m gonna stick up for him because nobody else is, and I don’t believe it.” His remarks would frequently be punctuated with reminiscence about how much Jackson enjoyed his time in both Trump Tower and at Mar-a-Lago.
Unknown date, mid-2000s: Shortly after marrying Trump in 2005, third wife Melania at last crossed paths with the gloved one. In a 2016 interview with DuJour, Melania recollected how Jackson invited her and her new husband over for dinner at New York’s historic Pierre Hotel. In a snippet that got DuJour plenty of online referral traffic, the soon-to-be First Lady revealed that while Donald excused himself to commiserate with an art dealer, “Michael said to me, ‘Hey, when Trump comes back, let’s start kissing so he will be jealous!’” Alas, there was no smooch, Melania assures (lest you were concerned) but, “We were laughing so hard.”
June 25, 2009: The day Michael Jackson passed away at the age of 50. Almost immediately (as foreshadowing for where we are in the wake of Leaving Neverland), obituaries and reflections walked the tightrope of touting his artistry, rehashing a challenging childhood and insulated life of superstardom, and being candid about the allegations that swirled around him and his relationships with young children. Trump, at the peak of his Apprentice popularity, was widely available for comment, and was quick to maintain that Jackson was “not a molester” and merely “loved children.” (He did allow that Michael’s overall condition appeared to deteriorate over the last decade of his life.) He was not able to attend Jackson’s funeral, though he insisted to Larry King, lest there by any doubt, that “they invited me, and they called me so many times.” But above all, Trump remembers the times they shared … especially at his namesake New York Tower and Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.
February 19, 2016: During a CNN town hall hosted by Anderson Cooper, then-presidential candidate Trump spoke of Jackson (not that he’d ever stopped), opining, “He lost tremendous confidence because of honestly bad, bad, bad surgery,” and that under such circumstances, “you can even lose your talent.” Michael’s brother, Jermaine, was not pleased, tweeting that “friends don’t pay tribute by peddling b.s. theories.” A couple of years later, while a guest on London-based Heart Radio, Jermaine addressed the question of whether Michael would support President Trump today by saying pointedly, “What he was saying in his music are all the problems we are facing now, and his music, especially Donald Trump, he really needs to listen to ‘Man in the Mirror.’”
August 27, 2017: Maybe it’s fitting that Jackson’s daughter Paris got the final word in regarding this unlikely friendship. At that summer’s MTV Video Music Awards, Paris proclaimed from the stage, “If we were to stand up all united as one, our impact, it would be huge. And that’s not fake news.” She underscored her meaning later that night with a (now-deleted) tweet reading, “Step up donny boy @realDonaldTrump.”
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Deutsche Bank: A Global Bank for Oligarchs
Exclusive: @DeutscheBank had an extensive relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, lending him money and providing trading services — up until May 2019, when the bank cut him off.
This is one nugget in a big story on Epstein and the mirage of his wealth. He doesn’t appear to have been a billionaire. with @JamesStewartNYT @MattGoldstein26 @katekelly
The Epstein relationship was managed by Deutsche’s private bank — the same division that lent to @realDonaldTrump. Deutsche compliance officers raised concerns about transactions Epstein’s company was doing, three sources told me. Bank managers overruled employees.
The Deutsche-Epstein relationship continued into 2019, many years after Epstein was identified as a sex offender. In recent months, with Epstein back in the public spotlight, Deutsche essentially fired him as a client. His accounts were shut down around May.
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After the deal was sealed for Kavanaugh & a secret lover paid for all his debit nearly $260,000, Justice Kennedys son retired with a bigly check from Duetsche Bank & Kennedy retired from SCOTUS. Fascist-Republicans really know how to grift.
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3 alleged victims are mentioned in the indictment against Jeffrey Epstein. There are dozens more
New Jeffrey Epstein accuser comes forward
(CNN) — One girl says she celebrated her 16th birthday with multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein during the time he was sexually abusing her.
Another says she was just a middle schooler when she was first brought to his Palm Beach mansion and was abused.
Then there's the teen who says Epstein groomed her for abuse by promising to help her get into college.
Jeffrey Epstein operated a vast sex-trafficking network of underage girls who recruited other victims, prosecutors say
The stories are among those from dozens of girls -- now women -- who have publicly shared their allegations of sexual abuse by Epstein, in media reports and lawsuits, for more than a decade. Many of them shared their claims anonymously.
Epstein is in custody in New York after pleading not guilty Monday to federal charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy. The indictment details the claims of three underage girls.
But prosecutors say there were many more victims, alleging that Epstein "created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit" in New York and Florida.
Breaking down Epstein's sweetheart deal 03:07
The Miami Herald reported in 2018 that it had identified about 80 women who say they were molested or sexually abused by Epstein between 2001 and 2006.
The newspaper's continued reporting on the case, including articles about Epstein's 2008 plea deal that kept him from being prosecuted for federal crimes, caught the attention of federal prosecutors in New York who brought the new charges against him.
Why the Jeffrey Epstein charges came now, more than a decade later
Brad Edwards, an attorney representing multiple Epstein accusers, warned prosecutors in a letter filed in 2008 that Epstein's 13-month prison sentence for his guilty plea to two state prostitution charges was "grossly inadequate."
He said he believed Epstein had abused "more than 100 underage girls" and that he would continue to abuse others.
"It is inevitable that if he is not confined to prison, he will continue to manipulate and sexually abuse children and destroy more lives," Edwards wrote.
Alex Acosta defends role in Epstein sexual abuse scandal
The non-prosecution deal that Epstein agreed to in the 2008 cases also required him to register as a sex offender.
'I didn't believe he was arrested until I saw him in handcuffs'
Many of the girls who were allegedly abused by Epstein say they were lured to his homes under the guise of giving massages for extra money.
Courtney Wild was only 15 years old when she says she and a friend were approached in 2003 by a woman who said they could "make money by providing massages to Epstein," according to court documents.
Jeffrey Epstein's world of wealth and powerful friends
Wild, who initially told Epstein she had just turned 18, described taking a taxi to his multimillion-dollar Palm Beach mansion, where she was taken to a room that Epstein entered wearing only a robe. In a 2008 lawsuit that is still active, she says Epstein then disrobed, and that while she massaged him, he began to masturbate. She was paid $200. Her attorney later confirmed her name to CNN.
Over the next year, she says she visited his house more than 25 times, giving him 10 to 15 massages. She was also asked by an Epstein associate to bring more girls to his home.
Eventually, Wild said, "the massages became more sexual."
Wild said she stopped interacting with Epstein after he touched her vagina during a massage.
For more than a decade, she and other victims have fought to get their allegations investigated in a lawsuit against the government.
Courtney Wild, right, and another purported victim of Jeffrey Epstein leave a Manhattan court house after a hearing on sex trafficking charges against Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City.
Courtney Wild, right, and another purported victim of Jeffrey Epstein leave a Manhattan court house after a hearing on sex trafficking charges against Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City.
Monday, as Epstein appeared in federal court in Manhattan, Wild was there in person.
"I have fought so long to finally see Epstein brought to justice," Wild told CNN in a statement Tuesday through her attorney. "I didn't believe he was arrested until I saw him in handcuffs with my own eyes."
Wild said she is speaking out to encourage other victims to come forward. CNN was unable to confirm if Wild is one of the victims whose claims are part of the latest indictment.
But her story is similar to those of many other women who allege they were sexually abused by Epstein, some, while they were minors. Some have joined Wild's suit against the government alleging victims were denied their rights when the government failed to consult with them before agreeing to a non-prosecution deal with Epstein and called for that agreement to be thrown out.
Epstein's friends are a stunning array of the rich, powerful and famous
Promises of help for college
A woman identified as Jane Doe 103 in court filings said Epstein at first lured her to his Palm Beach estate with promises of modeling opportunities, and later bragged about his academic connections, telling her he could help her get into college. He discouraged her from applying for a "Bright Futures Scholarship" to the Florida college of her choice, saying that he could help her get into New York University or Columbia University. The accuser claims she ended up not applying to any college and missed the first semester of her freshman year. Her case was dismissed by a Florida judge in 2010.
Many of Epstein's victims were economically disadvantaged, prosecutors say.
New York just changed its statute of limitations. Here's how it could help Jeffrey Epstein's accusers
One woman who filed a lawsuit under the alias L.M. in Florida in 2009 -- a suit that was later dismissed -- says she was a 14-year-old in middle school who didn't have adequate parental support when she was brought to Epstein's Florida mansion in 2002. Her suit says Epstein "enticed the impressionable, vulnerable and economically deprived" girl to be sexually abused.
Virginia Giuffre says she was 15 years old when she was approached by an associate of Epstein's while she worked at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, and was offered the opportunity to make "a great deal of money" learning about massage therapy. She originally filed a suit anonymously with allegations of sexual abuse against Epstein, but later went public.
Giuffre claims in her suit, filed in 2009 and dismissed later that year, that when she entered Epstein's home and climbed the stairs to his massage room, the walls lining the staircase were plastered with nude photographs of young girls. She says she was ordered to remove her clothes and straddle Epstein, which escalated into Epstein and a female associate sexually abusing her "in various ways and in various locations."
Giuffre claims in her suit that from 1998 to 2002, she and a "countless array of young women" would be brought to one of Epstein's homes to be sexually exploited. She also alleges that Epstein knew she was underage the entire time he abused her, and even celebrated her 16th birthday with her.
Cooper: This is the one thing Acosta didn't do 02:54
After Epstein's arrest in 2008, Giuffre said she spent years trying to shine a light on the sex crimes she says Epstein and his associates committed against her. She's also a part of the lawsuit against the government asking for victims' claims to be investigated.
"It is time for Jeffrey Epstein and those who participated and enabled his sex crimes to be brought to true justice," Giuffre said in a statement through her attorney.
More victims coming forward
While announcing Epstein's indictment on Monday, Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman pointed to a poster of the hedge fund owner and asked other victims to come forward.
"If you believe you are a victim of this man, Jeffrey Epstein, or you have evidence or information relating to the conduct alleged in the indictment ... we want to hear from you," Berman told the room full of cameras.
By Wednesday, another woman accusing Epstein of sexual assault went public with her allegations on NBC's "The Today Show."
Jennifer Araoz said she also was "recruited" in New York by a woman who appeared to work for Epstein, and she started giving him massages, wearing only her underwear, when she was 14.
New alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein says he raped her when she was 15
Those encounters in his Manhattan mansion became more sexual in nature, with Epstein masturbating at the end of the massage, she said. After about a year, when she was 15, he forcibly raped her, Araoz said.
"I thought it was my fault, I thought I was obligated. I didn't know better," Araoz told NBC.
Araoz said she never went back to Epstein's home after that, and only told a few people close to her about the incident.
Araoz's attorney, Kimberly Lerner, told CNN her client does not plan to go to authorities with her allegations but is willing to cooperate if they contact her to be a part of the investigation.
Other alleged victims are reaching out to the US Attorney's Office and private attorneys.
David Boies, who had been representing three women accusing Epstein of sexual abuse before financier's arrest this weekend, tells CNN he now represents seven women. Earlier this week, he told CNN he had gotten calls from four possible accusers in the 24 hours since the indictment against Epstein was unsealed.
He told CNN the four new accusers have not spoken publicly before and that at least one of them was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse.
"It was tremendous help in publicizing this, in getting people to think about it and focus on it," Boies said earlier this week. "People are reluctant to come forward but when they see other people come forward, it encourages them."
Bill Clinton 'knows nothing' about Epstein's 'terrible crimes,' spokesman says
He hopes prosecutors focus not only on hearing from more victims, but on investigating the actions of others in Epstein's inner circle who, victims say, either abused victims themselves, or helped him commit sexual abuse.
"We hope that the prosecutors will not stop with Mr. Epstein but will also turn their attention to the several people who were part of Mr. Epstein's enterprise," Boies said.
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compared2what? » Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:28 pm wrote:Here's a starter from the Palm Beach Post, a couple years back.
Jeffrey Epstein craved big homes, elite friends - and, investigators say, underage girls
By Andrew Marra
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 14, 2006
WINGED GARGOYLES guarded the gate at Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion. Inside, hidden cameras trolled two rooms, while the girls came and went.
For the police detectives who sifted through the garbage outside and kept records of visitors, it was the lair of a troubling target.
Epstein, one of the most mysterious of the country's mega-rich, was known as much for his secrecy as for his love of fine things: magnificent homes, private jets, beautiful women, friendships with the world's elite.
But at Palm Beach police headquarters, he was becoming known for something else: the regular arrival of teenage girls he hired to give him massages and, police say, perform sexual favors.
Epstein was different from most sexual abuse suspects; he was far more powerful. He counted among his friends former President Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew, along with some of the most prominent legal, scientific and business minds in the country.
When detectives started asking questions and teenage girls started talking, a wave of legal resistance followed.
If Palm Beach police didn't know quite who Jeffrey Epstein was, they found out soon enough.
Epstein, now 53, was a quintessential man of mystery. He amassed his fortune and friends quietly, always in the background as he navigated New York high society.
When he first attracted notice in the early 1990s, it was on account of the woman he was dating: Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late British media tycoon Robert Maxwell.
In a lengthy article, headlined "The Mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell's Secret Love," the British Mail on Sunday tabloid laid out speculative stories that the socialite's beau was a CIA spook, a math teacher, a concert pianist or a corporate headhunter.
"But what is the truth about him?" the newspaper wondered. "Like Maxwell, Epstein is both flamboyant and intensely private."
The media frenzy did not begin in full until a decade later. In September 2002, Epstein was flung into the limelight when he flew Clinton and actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker to Africa on his private jet.
Suddenly everyone wanted to know who Epstein was. New York magazine and Vanity Fair published lengthy profiles. The New York Post listed him as one of the city's most eligible bachelors and began describing him in its gossip columns with adjectives such as "mysterious" and "reclusive."
Although Epstein gave no interviews, the broad strokes of his past started to come into focus.
Building a life of extravagance
He was born blue-collar in 1953, the son of a New York City parks department employee, and raised in Brooklyn's Coney Island neighborhood. He left college without a bachelor's degree but became a math teacher at the prestigious Dalton School in Manhattan.
The story goes that the father of one of Epstein's students was so impressed with the man that he put him in touch with a senior partner at Bear Stearns, the global investment bank and securities firm.
In 1976, Epstein left Dalton for a job at Bear Stearns. By the early 1980s, he had started J. Epstein and Co. That is when he began making his millions in earnest.
Little is known or said about Epstein's business except this: He manages money for the extremely wealthy. He is said to handle accounts only of $1 billion or greater.
It has been estimated he has roughly 15 clients, but their identities are the subject of only speculation. All except for one: Leslie Wexner, founder of The Limited retail chain and a former Palm Beacher who is said to have been a mentor to Epstein.
Wexner sold Epstein one of his most lavish residences: a massive townhouse that dominates a block on Manhattan's Upper East Side. It is reported to have, among its finer features, closed-circuit television and a heated sidewalk to melt away fallen snow.
That townhouse, thought to be the largest private residence in Manhattan, is only a piece of the extravagant world Epstein built over time.
In New Mexico, he constructed a 27,000-square-foot hilltop mansion on a 10,000-acre ranch outside Santa Fe. Many believed it to be the largest home in the state.
In Palm Beach, he bought a waterfront home on El Brillo Way. And he owns a 100-acre private island in the Virgin Islands.
Perhaps as remarkable as his lavish homes is his extensive network of friends and associates at the highest echelons of power. This includes not only socialites but also business tycoons, media moguls, politicians, royalty and Nobel Prize-winning scientists whose research he often funds.
"Just like other people collect art, he collects scientists," said Martin Nowak, who directs the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University and was reportedly the recipient of a $30 million research donation from Epstein.
Epstein is said to have befriended former Harvard President Larry Summers, prominent law Professor Alan Dershowitz, Donald Trump and New York Daily News Publisher Mort Zuckerman.
And yet he managed for decades to maintain a low profile. He avoids eating out and was rarely photographed.
"The odd thing is I never met him," said Dominick Dunne, the famous chronicler of the trials and tribulations of the very rich. "I wasn't even aware of him," except for a Vanity Fair article.
Epstein's friendship with Clinton has attracted the most attention.
Epstein met Clinton as early as 1995, when he paid tens of thousands of dollars to join him at an intimate fund-raising dinner in Palm Beach. But from all appearances, they did not become close friends until after Clinton left the Oval Office and moved to New York.
Epstein has donated more than $100,000 to Democratic candidates' campaigns, including John Kerry's presidential bid, the reelection campaign of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and the Senate bids of Joe Lieberman, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christopher Dodd and Charles Schumer.
Powerful friends and enemies
A Vanity Fair profile found cracks in the veneer of Epstein's life story. The 2003 article said he left Bear Stearns in the wake of a federal probe and a possible Securities and Exchange Commission violation. It also pointed out that Citibank once sued him for defaulting on a $20 million loan.
The article suggested that one of his business mentors and previous employers was Steven Hoffenberg, now serving a prison term after "bilking investors out of more than $450 million in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in American history."
As he amassed his wealth, Epstein made enemies in disputes both large and small. He sued the man who in 1990 sold him his multimillion-dollar Palm Beach home over a dispute about less than $16,000 in furnishings.
A former friend claimed Epstein backed out of a promise to reimburse him hundreds of thousands of dollars after their failed investment in Texas oil wells. A judge decided Epstein owed him nothing.
"It's a bad memory. I would rather not have ever met Jeffrey Epstein," said Michael Stroll, the retired former president of Williams Electronics and Sega Corp. "Suffice it to say I have nothing good to say about him."
Among the characteristics most attributed to Epstein is a penchant for women.
He has been linked to Maxwell, a fixture on the high-society party circuits in both New York and London. Previous girlfriends are said to include a former Ms. Sweden and a Romanian model.
"He's a lot of fun to be with," Donald Trump told New York magazine in 2002. "It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it, Jeffrey enjoys his social life."
Investigation leads to Epstein
Although he was not a frequenter of the Palm Beach social scene, he made his presence felt. Among his charitable donations, he gave $90,000 to the Palm Beach Police Department and $100,000 to Ballet Florida.
In Palm Beach, he lived in luxury. Three black Mercedes sat in his garage, alongside a green Harley-Davidson. His jet waited at a hangar at Palm Beach International Airport. At home, a private chef and a small staff stood at the ready. From a window in his mansion, he could look out on the Intracoastal Waterway and the West Palm Beach skyline. He seemed to be a man who had everything.
But extraordinary wealth can fuel extraordinary desires.
In March 2005, a worried mother contacted Palm Beach police. She said another parent had overheard a conversation between their children.
Now the mother was afraid her 14-year-old daughter had been molested by a man on the island.
The phone call triggered an extensive investigation, one that would lead detectives to Epstein but leave them frustrated.
Palm Beach police and the state attorney's office have declined to discuss the case. But a Palm Beach police report detailing the criminal probe offers a window into what detectives faced as they sought to close in on Epstein.
Detectives interviewed the girl, who told them a friend had invited her to a rich man's house to perform a massage. She said the friend told her to say she was 18 if asked. At the house, she said she was paid $300 after stripping to her panties and massaging the man while he masturbated.
Police interview 5 alleged victims
The investigation began in full after the girl identified Epstein in a photo as the man who had paid her. Police arranged for garbage trucks to set aside Epstein's trash so police could sift through it. They set up a video camera to record the comings and goings at his home. They monitored an airport hangar for signs of his private jet's arrivals and departures.
They quickly learned that the woman who took the 14-year-old girl to Epstein's house was Haley Robson, a Palm Beach Community College student from Loxahatchee. In a sworn statement at police headquarters, Robson, then 18, admitted she had taken at least six girls to visit Epstein, all between the ages of 14 and 16. Epstein paid her for each visit, she said.
During the drive back to her house, Robson told detectives, "I'm like a Heidi Fleiss."
Police interviewed five alleged victims and 17 witnesses. Their report shows some of the girls said they had been instructed to have sex with another woman in front of Epstein, and one said she had direct intercourse with him.
In October, police searched the Palm Beach mansion. They discovered photos of naked, young-looking females, just as several of the girls had described in interviews. Hidden cameras were found in the garage area and inside a clock on Epstein's desk, alongside a girl's high school transcript.
Two of Epstein's former employees told investigators that young-looking girls showed up to perform massages two or three times a day when Epstein was in town.
They said the girls were permitted many indulgences. A chef cooked for them. Workers gave them rides and handed out hundreds of dollars at a time.
One employee told detectives he was told to send a dozen roses to one teenage girl after a high school drama performance. Others were given rental cars. One, according to police, received a $200 Christmas bonus.
The cops moved to cement their case. But as they tried to tighten the noose, they encountered other forces at work.
In Orlando they interviewed a possible victim who told them nothing inappropriate had happened between her and Epstein. They asked her whether she had spoken to anyone else. She said yes, a private investigator had asked her the same questions.
When they subpoenaed one of Epstein's former employees, he told them the same thing. He and a private eye had met at a restaurant days earlier to go over what the man would tell investigators.
Detectives received complaints that private eyes were posing as police officers. When they told Epstein's local attorney, Guy Fronstin, he said the investigators worked for Roy Black, the high-powered Miami lawyer who has defended the likes of Rush Limbaugh and William Kennedy Smith.
While the private eyes were conducting a parallel investigation, Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor, traveled to West Palm Beach with information about the girls. From their own profiles on the popular Web site MySpace.com, he obtained copies of their discussions about their use of alcohol and marijuana.
He took his research to a meeting with prosecutors in early 2006, where he sought to cast doubt on the teens' reliability.
The private eyes had dug up enough dirt on the girls to make prosecutors skeptical. Not only did some of the girls have issues with drugs or alcohol but also some had criminal records and other troubles, Epstein's legal team claimed. And at least one of them, they said, lied when she told police she was younger than 18 when she started performing massages for Epstein.
After the meeting, prosecutors postponed their decision to take the case to a grand jury.
In the following weeks, police received complaints that two of the victims or their families had been harassed or threatened. Epstein's legal team maintains that its private investigators did nothing illegal or unethical during their research.
By then, relations between police and prosecutors were fraying. At a key meeting with prosecutors and the defense, Detective Joseph Recarey, the lead investigator, was a no-show, according to Epstein's attorney.
"The embarrassment on the prosecutor's face was evident when the police officer never showed up for the meeting," attorney Jack Goldberger said.
Later in April, Recarey walked into a prosecutor's office at the state attorney's office and learned the case was taking an unexpected turn.
The prosecutor, Lanna Belohlavek, told Recarey the state attorney's office had offered Epstein a plea deal that would not require him to serve jail time or receive a felony conviction.
Recarey told her he disapproved of the plea offer.
The deal never came to pass, however.
Future unclear after charge
On May 1, the department asked prosecutors to approve warrants to arrest Epstein on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and to charge his personal assistant, Sarah Kellen, now 27, for her alleged role in arranging the visits. Police officials also wanted to charge Robson, the self-described Heidi Fleiss, with lewd and lascivious acts.
By then, the department was frustrated with the way the state attorney's office had handled the case. On the same day the warrants were requested, Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter wrote a letter to State Attorney Barry Krischer suggesting he disqualify himself from the case if he would not act.
Two weeks later, Recarey was told that prosecutors had decided once again to take the case to the grand jury.
It is not known how many of the girls testified before the grand jury. But Epstein's defense team said one girl who was subpoenaed — the one who said she had sexual intercourse with Epstein — never showed up.
The grand jury's indictment was handed down in July. It was not the one the police department had wanted.
Instead of being slapped with a charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, Epstein was charged with one count of felony solicitation of prostitution, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early July 23 and released hours later.
Epstein's legal team "doesn't dispute that he had girls over for massages," Goldberger said. But he said their claims that they had sexual encounters with him lack credibility.
"They are incapable of being believed," he said. "They had criminal records. They had accusations of theft made against them by their employers. There was evidence of drug use by some of them."
What remains for Epstein is yet to be seen.
The Palm Beach Police Department has asked the FBI to investigate the case. It also has returned the $90,000 Epstein donated in 2004.
In New York, candidates for governor and state attorney general have vowed to return a total of at least $60,000 in campaign contributions from Epstein. Meanwhile, Epstein's powerful friends have remained silent as tabloids and Internet blogs feast on the public details of the police investigation.
Goldberger maintains Epstein's innocence but says the legal team has not ruled out a future plea deal. He insists Epstein will emerge in the end with his reputation untarnished.
"He will recover from this," he said.
ON EDIT: I was double-checking that there hadn't been major movement in the story since this, and it doesn't look as if there has. Per wiki, in March '07, he was said to be negotating a plea that would involve 18 months in jail.
Several huge civil suits, of course, from the families of the too easily smeared young girls. So he may end up paying some kind of penalty.
Searcher08 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:31 pm wrote:AlicetheKurious wrote:The Pollard case for a short time devastated U.S.-Israel relations. In its aftermath, Israel swore never to run a spy again, and Americans broadened their information sharing with Israel in order to keep the Israelis from temptation.
Pollard apparently sold a trojan horse version of Promis to Mossad, who made hundreds of millions from selling it via people like Robert Maxwell and Earl Brian.
David Boies who now represents 7 clients against Jeffrey Epstein previously represented Harvey Weinstein (& hired Black Cube to discredit Weinstein's accusers), and along with partners at his law firm contributed over $180K in the past decade to support the career of Cy Vance
Wendy Siegelman added,
https://twitter.com/WendySiegelman/stat ... 9043750913
Attorney David Boies just told me that he now represents seven alleged survivors of Jeffrey Epstein's predation.
He started out this week with three clients.
Adam Klasfeld Retweeted Adam Klasfeld
This is a key point:
1. Jeffrey Epstein's attorneys know they are proposing a type of bail package that the presiding judge passionately rejected three years ago, to enter a protracted battle over the previously held right of rich criminal defendants await out trial in luxury.
https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/sta ... gr%5Etweet
July 11, 2019, 11:57 AM CDT
Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers on Thursday asked a federal judge to release the accused child sex predator on a bail package worth up to $77 million.
The request was made in court papers filed three days after federal prosecutors in New York proposed that Epstein remain behind bars without bond for allegedly preying on dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005.
"The government seeks to remand a self-made New York native and lifelong American resident based on dated allegations for which he was already convicted and punished," Epstein's lawyers wrote.
New York prosecutors charged Epstein, 66, with sex trafficking and conspiracy more than a decade after he signed a controversial non-prosecution deal in 2007 that allowed him to dodge a federal indictment alleging he abused several underage girls.
Epstein ultimately pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting minors for prostitution, and served a 13-month sentence in a Florida county jail.
In their court papers, Epstein's lawyers propose that his bond be secured by a mortgage on his Manhattan mansion, valued at $77 million. They say his private jet can be pledged as collateral.
Epstein "submits that his conduct over the past 14 years proves that he poses no risk of flight or threat to the safety of the community," his lawyers wrote.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justic ... x-n1028911
RocketMan » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:50 pm wrote:This might seem trite, but I just gotta say it.
... Looks like a miniature mall in Burbank.
Jeffrey Epstein Shipped Himself a 53-Pound Shredder and a Carpet and Tile Extractor, Maritime Records Show
Ryan Grim July 10 2019, 1:16 a.m.
Jeffrey Epstein shipped a shredder from the U.S. Virgin Islands to his Palm Beach home in July 2008, shortly after reaching a non-prosecution agreement with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, maritime records show. Then, in March of this year, shortly after a Florida federal judge invalidated that agreement, Epstein shipped a tile and carpet extractor from the Virgin Islands to his Manhattan townhouse, the records show.
Epstein, a billionaire financier, was arrested in New Jersey last Saturday on charges of running a sex trafficking ring that involved luring underage girls to his New York and Florida residences, and taking them on global flights on his airplane, dubbed the “Lolita Express.” Epstein was first accused of abusing underage girls, some of them as young as 14, more than a decade ago, and he evaded prosecution potentially due to his high-profile connections.
A key challenge investigators faced when first targeting Epstein in the mid-2000s was an inability to obtain evidence through subpoena. A 2005 search of Epstein’s Palm Beach home came up empty in its quest for computers that investigators suspected contained critical evidence connected to his alleged sexual abuse of young girls.
In 2007, a federal grand jury subpoenaed the computers. That August, Acosta, who is now Donald Trump’s labor secretary, entered into plea agreement discussions with Epstein. Because of those talks, a motion to compel production of Epstein’s computers was delayed, according to the Miami Herald. Epstein held out, however, resisting the deal because it would require him to register as a sex offender. The FBI continued investigating and in March 2008, according to the Miami Herald, preparations were being made to take the case to a new federal grand jury.
That would prove unnecessary, as Epstein agreed to a deal with Acosta. Without notifying the 32 identified victims, the federal government reached a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein in exchange for his guilty plea in state court to a minor offense. He pleaded guilty on June 30.
On July 7, 2008, federal prosecutors told Epstein’s attorneys via email that they intended to notify the 32 victims about the agreement. Epstein’s lawyers and the prosecutors debated how much of the agreement to reveal, settling on a less than full accounting.
A week later, on July 15, Epstein received a shipment at his Palm Beach home from the port in the U.S. Virgin Islands closest to his home there, according to maritime shipping records compiled by ImportGenius and provided to The Intercept. The shipment was a 53-pound shredder.
For the next decade, Epstein’s legal troubles appeared to be behind him. Then, in November 2018, the Miami Herald published a new investigation into Epstein’s alleged child sex trafficking ring, which prompted federal investigators to take a new look at the case. However, the agreement not to prosecute first had to be invalidated. That came on February 21, when a Florida federal judge ruled that Acosta’s office had violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act by keeping the women in the dark.
On March 11, 2019, Epstein got a new shipment from the port in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This time, it was sent to his New York townhouse, and it’s listed in maritime records as a tile and carpet extractor that weighed 191 pounds.
William George, an analyst with Import Genius who found the details of the shipments in the company’s database, noted that both shipments could, of course, be entirely unrelated to the alleged crimes and the prosecutions. Indeed, many people own shredders or tile and carpet extractors do not run child sex trafficking rings to service the global elite. Still, the timing could require an explanation from Epstein. He is currently in jail awaiting trial and unavailable for comment. His legal representatives did not respond to a request for comment.
RocketMan » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:50 pm wrote:This might seem trite, but I just gotta say it.
This temple-like structure, aside from its occult/weirdness implications, is a fine example of the El Cheapo Kitsch aesthetic this supposedly urbane, cultured billionaire seems to embrace. Looks like a miniature mall in Burbank. His million dollar homes also exude an air of seediness and filth, based for example on the police video of his Miami abode. It was like the sex den of the murder victim in True Detective season 2. I guess their inner dirtiness makes them spread it around them, no matter how much money they have.
Had to get that off my chest, back to the usual programming of wanton child abuse, rape and depraved, power-mad horrors...
JackRiddler » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:14 pm wrote:.
I'll go with Billionaires* Are Generally Cheesy Dumb Philistines and You've Even Got A President Demonstrating This At the Moment for $200, Alex.
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