As if registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t in enough trouble as it is. You know, with the whole sex trafficking thing.
It now looks like the billionaire may have just firmly dug his own grave.
From NBC News:
Accused child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein wired a total of $350,000 to a pair of possible co-conspirators just days after the publication of a newspaper story alleging he sexually abused dozens of underage girls, federal prosecutors said Friday.
The prosecutors said the payments, which were made last November after the bombshell Miami Herald story came out, demonstrate Epstein’s willingness to tamper with witnesses.
“This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations,” the prosecutors wrote in court papers arguing that Epstein should remain behind bars until his trial.
Epstein’s lawyers proposed that he be held under house arrest with electronic monitoring at his $77 million New York City mansion. But prosecutors said in the new court papers that the wealthy financier is worth more than $500 million and poses a considerable flight risk.
Bill Clinton has long been linked to Epstein.
Epstein has since pleaded not guilty and Clinton released a statement saying he “knows nothing” about anything Epstein-related.
However, pilot logs would beg to differ. In fact, this could be a big problem for Bill.
Appearing on Fox News, investigative reporter Conchita Sarnoff said, “I know from the pilot logs. And these were pilot logs that were written by different pilots at different times, that Clinton went, he was a guest of Epstein 27 times… Many times Clinton had his Secret Service with him and many he did not. Almost every time Clinton’s name is on the pilot log, there are underage girls.”
More from USA Today:
Epstein allegedly targeted girls in a pattern familiar to human trafficking experts.
“He preyed upon children who were already vulnerable,” said Martina Vandenberg, founder and president of the Human Trafficking Legal Center, about the latest allegations involving Epstein. “He preyed upon children in the foster care system. He preyed upon children already being abused.”
According to the Herald, one lawsuit alleges Epstein used a modeling agency to recruit girls as young as 13 from Europe, Ecuador and Brazil.
“Like many sexual predators, Epstein had a keen sense for ferreting out the girls’ vulnerabilities and using these weak points for his own sexual gratification,” claimed feminist scholar Janice Raymond in the 2019 article, “Immunity Incorporated: All the Injustice that Jeffrey Epstein Can Buy,” published in Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence. “He chose girls he thought would not be believed if they told what had happened to them.”
The Clinton presidential library is refusing to turn over information.
From Fox News:
An indictment alleging sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy was unsealed Monday morning against financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded not guilty during his initial appearance in a New York City federal court.
Prosecutors allege Epstein, the 66-year-old wealthy hedge fund manager arrested on Saturday, preyed on “dozens” of victims as young as 14.
“The victims described herein were as young as 14 years old at the time they were abused…and were, for various reasons, often particularly vulnerable to exploitation,” prosecutors wrote in court documents. “Epstein intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18.”
Epstein appeared in a hearing that lasted about 30 minutes wearing a blue prison top with a brown t-shirt underneath, in addition to orange slip-on sneakers and “very messy” hair. Prosecutors said in the 36 hours since Epstein’s arrest, multiple attorneys and several individuals have come forward and said they were victims, none of which had previously been spoken to.
Epstein allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other underage girls.
“This allowed Epstein to create an ever-expanding web of new victims,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said at a news conference.