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Post by artgal16 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:05 pm

The Daily Beast reveals new details about the twisted sex life of Jeffrey Epstein and his penchant for underage girls. Conchita Sarnoff on his massages, sex toys, and questionable deals. Also:


• Nude images of young girls were scattered around the house and the bathroom soap was shaped like sex organs

• Staff trolled for fresh recruits to make sure Epstein had two or three massage appointments each day

• The house manager has been sentenced to a longer prison term than Epstein—for trying to sell notes regarding massage appointments

• Epstein gave $1 million to his friend Jean Luc Brunel when he was starting the modeling agency MC2

• According to a former bookkeeper, young girls were brought to the U.S. by MC2—often from Eastern Europe—then traveled on Epstein’s private jets

Jeffrey Epstein’s loyal friends say that his prosecution was unduly harsh, rather than outrageously lenient. They insist that his sexual habits, although obsessive and unusual, were mostly legal and essentially harmless. As the police records attest, the girls brought to El Brillo Way were routinely told they could “say no” at any time during a massage as Epstein escalated contact in a step-by-step assault that was remarkably similar in every victim’s statement: First she would be asked to remove her shirt, then her pants. He would attempt to fondle her buttocks and breasts as he masturbated, then bring out a large vibrator. There was sometimes digital penetration, and the more willing girls were lured into full-blown sexual relations with both Epstein and Nadia Marcinkova, who was referred to in press accounts and police reports as Epstein’s live-in “sex slave.”

A former bookkeeper in the Miami office, who also arranged visas for girls traveling to the U.S., confirmed that MC2 girls became frequent guests on Epstein’s private jets.

It’s true that some underage girls may have lied about their age, and some came to the house voluntarily several times—although, according to Florida statutes, none of that has any bearing on the criminality of the contact, particularly if the girl was 16 or younger. But what is particularly disturbing about this case—judging by arrangements at the Palm Beach house—is that Epstein, a billionaire hedge-fund manager, organized his life around this sexual compulsion in an open and methodical way that suggests he felt he was beyond the law.

• Conchita Sarnoff: Billionaire Pedophile Goes FreeAccording to police who executed a search warrant, the house was decorated with large, framed photos of nude young girls, and similar images were found stashed in an armoire and on the computers seized at the house (although police found only bare cables where other computers had been). Some bathrooms were stocked with soap in the shape of sex organs, and various sex toys, such as a “twin torpedo” vibrator and creams and lubricants available at erotic specialty shops, were stowed near the massage tables set up in several rooms upstairs.

Epstein also enlisted his staff in the predatory activity, and four—Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross, Lesley Groff, and Marcinkova—figured in the FBI investigation. The Non Prosecution Agreement stipulated that they would not be charged. According to police reports and sworn statements in the civil suits, all four women, among their other duties, worked to ensure that an appointment book for twice- or thrice-daily “massages” was stocked with fresh recruits. Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late Czechoslovakian-born press baron Robert Maxwell, who was for many years Epstein’s live-in partner, also recruited young girls.

Since his 13-month sentence for soliciting prostitution with a minor, Epstein has settled more than a dozen lawsuits brought by underage girls. Seven victims reached a last-minute deal last week, days before a scheduled trial; each received well over $1 million—an amount that will hardly dent Epstein’s $2 billion net worth.

The victims told police they waited in the kitchen to be called upstairs for a massage, and the house chef often gave them a bite to eat. House manager Alfredo Rodriguez said in his sworn statement that a maid named Lupita, who was a devout Catholic, wept when she complained to him about cleaning up after the massage sessions, picking up soiled towels and putting away the sex toys. And she was upset that a photo of Epstein with the pope hung next to one of him with a young girl.

Ironically, Rodriguez, who ran the house on El Brillo Way in 2004 and 2005, ended up being sentenced to more jail time than his boss as a result of the complex investigation into Epstein’s activities. He was fired, he says, for inadvertently drawing police attention to one of the girls when she arrived at the house unannounced to collect money. He saw an unfamiliar “beater” in the driveway one evening and called 911. When he left Epstein’s employ, Rodriguez took away some notes and emails about massage appointments as “protection” against his own prosecution, and failed to produce them during the Palm Beach Police Department’s initial investigation.

Unable to get work as a house manager elsewhere in South Florida, he says, Rodriguez later tried to sell this “golden nugget”—his term—for $50,000, to be used in the victims’ civil suits. Unfortunately, he made the offer to an undercover cop, and was subsequently charged with “obstruction of official proceedings” for withholding information that could have advanced the criminal investigation of Epstein—which by that point had been settled in a plea deal. Rodriguez was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison (Epstein was allowed to serve 13 months in the Palm Beach county jail), and now awaits an additional sentence on Aug. 24 in federal court in Miami for transporting firearms, another deal he says he made to pay the bills after he lost his job.

In a deposition given for the civil suits, Rodriguez testified that he was instructed to always have $2,000 in cash on hand, so that he could pay both the girls who gave massages and recruiters such as Haley Robson who brought them to the house. He also testified that Epstein made large contributions to the Palm Beach Police Department, and in return was given PBPD baseball hats to put on the dashboard of his various cars to avoid being stopped or ticketed by local police. Retired Police Chief Michael Reiter, in his own deposition, acknowledged that, in addition to earlier donations to the police department (which are fairly common in well-heeled Palm Beach), Epstein had recently given the department $100,000 for some sophisticated equipment. The police were still researching the purchase when Epstein came under suspicion, and Reiter ordered the money returned. (Guy Frostin, one of Epstein’s local attorneys, told police that Epstein also gave $100,000 to the Florida Ballet for massages, because he was “very passionate” about massages being “therapeutically and spiritually” beneficial. Yet victims told police they had no massage training.)

Perhaps most disturbing, in terms of possible sex trafficking, was Epstein’s relationship with Jean Luc Brunel, owner of the MC2 modeling agency. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, an alleged victim said that Epstein, Maxwell, Brunel, Rodriguez, and Marcinkova “deliberately engaged in a pattern of racketeering that involved luring minor children through MC2, mostly girls under the age of 17, to engage in sexual play for money.” (Which would amount to trafficking.)

Brunel is a 50-plus French playboy who was formerly part owner of Karin, a Paris-based modeling agency. He lives in New York and South Beach, Florida, and owns 85 percent of MC2, which has offices in New York, Miami, and Tel Aviv. (The remaining 15 percent is owned by his partner, Jeff Fuller.) Brunel has been observed as a house guest at Epstein’s Palm Beach home and may well have had contact with him also in New York, where Epstein owns a lavish home—the city’s largest private residence—and in Paris, where Epstein keeps an apartment on elegant Ave. Foch.

CBS reporter Craig Pyes, who investigated MC2 for a 60 Minutes broadcast several years ago, is quoted in Michael Gross’ book about the modeling industry, Bad and Beautiful. Pyes told the author that Brunel “ranks among the sleaziest people in the fashion industry. We’re talking about a conveyor belt, not a casting couch. Hundreds of girls were not only harassed but molested.” Now The Daily Beast has learned that Epstein had made a $1 million wire transfer to Brunel’s offshore bank account in September 2004, just as he was setting up MC2. Whether this was a gift or a loan or a backdoor investment in the new venture is unknown. A French citizen who managed to avoid giving evidence in the Epstein investigation, Brunel declined to comment on any of this, as does Fuller. Asked in April of Brunel’s activities, Epstein said “I’m 100 percent convinced that he doesn’t traffic children.” (Brunel has never been charged.)

An American fashion designer who booked her girls through MC2 says they were very young and very beautiful; many were from Eastern Europe and spoke little English. A former bookkeeper in the agency’s Miami office, who also arranged visas for girls traveling to the U.S., confirmed that MC2 girls became frequent guests on Epstein’s private jets.

Pilot logs obtained in the civil suits show that some of the named plaintiffs were on the flight manifests. Other times, the pilot would just list the other passengers plus "female.”
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Post by Guest on Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:57 pm

faint angry The girls lied about their age huh? Was this a jury trial? Unbelievable.
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Post by mommyof3kids on Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:19 pm

WoW! This is something else!! It's amazing what one can get away with when you have Dollar Signs
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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:21 pm

Like OJ or Robert Blake.

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Post by artgal16 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:00 pm

Yes but OJ and Blake victimized one woman each
This man has victimized hundreds and hundreds of girls many of them underage, many of them the result of human trafficking - how many end up drugged out,
in prostitution or commit suicide. What is especially galling to me is the complicity of the Palm Beach police force which this asshole so generously contributed to that they gave him a hat to place by his windshield so he wouldnt get a ticket or be harassed.
He also didnt go to prison he served the whole time in the Palm Beach jail - I bet they didnt even lock the door and he had his meals sent it.! This guy is a low-life and he has a billion ways to keep avoiding the law.
You dont think hes going to stop now do you? Equal justice under the law my FOOT!
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Post by Guest on Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:15 pm

I am guessing there was no jury trial. A plea deal? He was not charged with child abuse or molestation because the girls lied about their age. Since when does that matter?
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Jeffrey Epstein mug shot, taken 2006 by Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department.

Jeffrey Edward Epstein (born January 20, 1953 in Coney Island, New York) is an American financier and philanthropist.

Epstein was raised in Coney Island and attended Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, New York. He attended classes at Cooper Union from 1969 to 1971 and then at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, leaving without a degree. From 1973 to 1975 he taught calculus and physics at the Dalton School. He then became a trader at Bear Stearns. In 1982 he founded his own financial management firm, J. Epstein and Co. and later called Financial Trust Co., located on his private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He reportedly only takes billionaire clients; one of his clients was mentor and friend Les Wexner[1] who recently hired Dennis Hersch to replace Epstein.[2]

Since all but one of his clients are anonymous, it has been speculated that Epstein's lavish lifestyle is primarily financed by Wexner.[1]

Epstein has befriended high profile scientists such as Leonard Susskind, Richard Axel, Gerald Edelman, Murray Gell-Mann, Ben Goertzel, and Marvin Minsky, and politicians including George J. Mitchell and Bill Clinton.[citation needed] In September 2002 he flew Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker to Africa in his private Boeing 727, to promote the former president's anti-AIDS efforts.[1]

Epstein is a friend and supporter of theoretical biologist Martin Nowak. He funded Nowak's research at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton[1] and in 2003 pledged $30 million to Harvard University to fund the newly created Program for Evolutionary Dynamics there which Nowak directs.[3][4]

He is a former board member of Rockefeller University, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Trilateral Commission, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a visiting fellow at Harvard University. He has also funded microbiology experiments in Bangladesh, particle physics in South Africa and M-theory in India and was a founding member of the Scholar Rescue Fund. Epstein is a former trustee of the International Institute for Education, the parent organization of the Fulbright Program. He has held conferences on artificial intelligence, cosmology and the origin of life with prominent scientists.[citation needed]

In addition to his private island in the Virgin Islands (Little St. James Island), Epstein owns a 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) townhouse in Manhattan that was formerly owned by Les Wexner, a villa in Palm Beach, Florida and a fortress on a ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[5]

He is often accompanied on his trips and at his mansions by his close friend Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late British publisher Robert Maxwell.[6] He is also often seen surrounded by young women, some of which are employed as his personal assistants.[1] In September 2007 one woman described how she had been hired by Ghislaine Maxwell as a masseuse and assistant to Epstein and had engaged in sexual acts.[6]
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* 1 Solicitation of prostitution
o 1.1 Civil lawsuits
* 2 References
* 3 External links

[edit] Solicitation of prostitution

In March 2005, a woman contacted Palm Beach police, concerned that her 14-year-old step daughter had been molested by a wealthy man. The daughter told police that she had been paid $300 for giving a massage to Epstein in his mansion. She had told him that she was 18 years old.[5] He had ordered her to take off her clothes; she had undressed but had left on her underwear. During the massage he had masturbated and had applied a vibrator to her crotch.[7]

Police started an 11-month undercover investigation of Epstein, followed by a search of his home. Subsequently they alleged that Epstein had paid several underage girls to perform sexual acts on him. Interviews with five alleged victims and 17 witnesses under oath, phone messages, a high school transcript and other items they found in Mr. Epstein's trash and home allegedly show that he knew how young the girls were.[8] A search of Epstein's home found numerous photos of nude young girls throughout the house, some of whom had been interviewed earlier by the police.[7] He had set up a system of young women recruiting other women for his massage services, paying $200 for each referral.[5] Two housekeepers stated to the police that Epstein would receive two to three massages per day whenever he stayed in Palm Beach.[7] In May 2006, Palm Beach police filed a probable cause affidavit saying that Epstein should be charged with four counts of unlawful sex with minors and one molestation count.[7] In a police interview, one of the girls related that she repeatedly had lesbian sex with Epstein's friend Nadia Marcinkova in his presence; she stated he "had purchased her from her family in Yugoslavia. Epstein bragged he brought her into the United States to be his Yugoslavian sex slave."[9]

His team of lawyers included Gerald B. Lefcourt, Alan Dershowitz and later also Kenneth Starr.[5] They stated that Epstein never knew of the under-age status of his masseuses, which was confirmed by subjecting him to a lie detector test.[10] They also questioned the credibility of the teenage accusers, based in part on their MySpace postings and information obtained by private investigators.[8][11]

Instead of following the recommendation of the police, the prosecutors considered the evidence weak[10] and presented it to a grand jury, an uncommon procedure in non-capital cases. The grand jury returned only a single charge of felony solicitation of prostitution,[12] to which Epstein pleaded not guilty in August 2006.[11] The Palm Beach police chief, angered about this minor charge and suspecting preferential treatment of the wealthy, complained to the state attorney and then turned the case over to the FBI.[5]

In December 2007, it was reported that Epstein was involved in plea negotiations and was expected to plead guilty to a charge of soliciting prostitution and spend about 18 months in jail.[5] A guilty plea was finally reported on June 30, 2008.

After the accusations became public, several parties returned donations they had received from Epstein, including Eliot L. Spitzer, Mark A. Green, Bill Richardson,[4] and the Palm Beach Police Department.[8] Harvard announced that it would not return any money.[4]

On June 18, 2010 Epstein's former butler Alfredo Rodriguez was sentenced to 18 months in jail for trying to sell a journal that recorded Epstein's sexual activities. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra stated that had Rodriguez given investigators the journal when they asked for it, Epstein might not have received such a light sentence.[13]
[edit] Civil lawsuits

In a related case, Epstein was sued in October 2007 by Maximilia Cordero, a male-to-female transgender model, who claims Epstein forced her into a sexual relationship at the age of 16.[14]

On February 6, 2008, an anonymous Virginia woman filed a $50 million civil lawsuit[15] in federal court against Epstein, alleging that when she was a 16-year-old minor in 2004-2005, she was "recruited to give Epstein a massage." After being brought to his Palm Beach mansion, she claims that he exposed himself and sexually assaulted her, and paid her $200 immediately afterward.[12] A similar $50 million suit was filed by a different woman in March 2008 who was represented by the same lawyer.[16]
[edit] References

1. ^ a b c d e Landon Thomas Jr. (2002-10-28). "Jeffrey Epstein: International Money Man of Mystery". New York. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
2. ^ "JPMorgan’s Hersch succeeds colorful money manager". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. 2008-02-11. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
3. ^ Financier pledges $30 million to support Harvard researcher, The Associated Press, 7 February 2003
4. ^ a b c "Harvard to Keep Epstein Gift". The Harvard Crimson (Harvard University). 2006-09-13.. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Retrieved 2007-09-13.
5. ^ a b c d e f "The Fantasist". New York. 2007-12-10. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
6. ^ a b "Prince Andrew's friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, some underage girls and a very disturbing story", The Mail On Sunday, 23 September 2007
7. ^ a b c d Palm Beach police probable cause affidavit against Jeffrey Epstein, The Smoking Gun
8. ^ a b c "Jeffrey Epstein craved big homes, elite friends - and, investigators say, underage girls". Palm Beach Post. 2006-08-14. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
9. ^ "Exclusive: Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Slave". Gawker.com. Gawker Media. 2006-07-28. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Retrieved 2008-02-24.
10. ^ a b "COPS' FLOPS LETTING MOGUL GET OFF EASY". New York Post. 2007-11-12. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
11. ^ a b Goodnough, Abby (2006-09-03). "Questions of Preferential Treatment Are Raised in Florida Sex Case". The New York Times. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Retrieved 2010-05-06.
12. ^ a b Keller, Larry (2008-02-06). "Second teen-sex suit seeks $50 million from Jeffrey Epstein". Palm Beach Post. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
13. ^ Epstein's ex-butler sentenced to 18 months for trying to sell billionaire sex offender's journal for $50K, Jane Musgrave, The Palm Beach Post, June 18, 2010
14. ^ "GENDER-BEND SHOCKER". New York Post. 2007-10-23. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
15. ^ "Billionaire Faces $50M Sexual Assault Lawsuit". FindLaw. 2008-02-06. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
16. ^ Keller, Larry (2008-03-05). "Third alleged victim files sex suit against Jeffrey Epstein". Palm Beach Post. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

[edit] External links

* Jeffrey Epstein's entry in the Florida Sex Offender Registry
* Collected news and commentary at The New York Times
* Collected news at the New York Daily News
* Collected news at the New York Post
* Collected news at The Palm Beach Post

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I think they need to update this but what I learned here is mind boggling. :jaw dropping:

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Post by frogs on Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:57 pm

Even Elliott Spitzer returned his "donation"! I guess it takes a sleeze bucket to know a sleeze bucket!

Yes, indeed, money talks in America.
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Post by artgal16 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:07 pm

$200.00 is what he throws to these girls after he uses them - hes not only a bastard, hes a cheap bastard too.
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Post by frogs on Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:12 pm

All the rich people I've ever worked for proved themselves to be cheap. One multi-millionaire actually requested (and was granted) subway fare to meetings in the city. At the time a one-way fare was about $1.50. Now that's cheap.
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