For years, rumors and allegations have been making the rounds about billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. According to these accusations — leveled at him by women and girls who say they were his victims — Epstein has been involved in sex trafficking, especially of minors. He also, his accusers say, has held young women and girls as personal sex slaves.
Although Epstein appeared to be protected by some very influential politicians, it now seems that his (alleged) misdeeds have finally caught up with him. According to “multiple law enforcement sources,” the Daily Beast website reports, he was arrested on Saturday and will appear in New York court on Monday to be charged with… sex trafficking.
Saturday’s arrest by the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force comes about 12 years after the 66-year-old financier essentially got a slap on the wrist for allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls in Florida…
The new indictment—which, according to two sources, will be unsealed Monday in Manhattan federal court—will reportedly allege that Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for “massages” and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his palatial residence in Palm Beach. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors—which could put him away for a maximum of 45 years.
According to those in the know, some of Epstein’s employees and associates actively recruited the girls for his abuse. Some of the victims even ended up becoming recruiters themselves. Note: the girls were as young as 14, “and Epstein knew they were underage.”
Attorney David Boies, who represents two of Epstein’s accusers, says that “it’s been a long time coming — it’s been too long coming. It is an important step towards getting justice for the many victims of Mr. Epstein’s sex trafficking enterprise.”
He adds that he and his clients — Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Sarah Ransome — hope that “prosecutors will not stop with Mr. Epstein because there were many other people who participated with him and made the sex trafficking possible.”
Many Dems have been in denial about the Clinton angle for years. Maxwell attended Chelsea's wedding after Epstein was publicly outed. We have many more questions than answers at this point.
— Bertrand Gilfoyle (@bert_gilfoyle) July 7, 2019
If those who have been on this story for years are to be believed — and I put quite some stock in their words because they have dug extremely deep — the fallout from this arrest could be huge. For example, Epstein is (or was) on friendly terms with Bill Clinton, British Prince Andrew, and Donald Trump.
Clinton started flying with Epstein in 2001 and made multiple trips on the Lolita Express. Indeed, Clinton hasn't been accused of having sex with minors. However, he has been accused of sexual misconduct several times, as have his close friends, Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman.
— Amy Mullen (@LilyBelle05) July 7, 2019
In the case of Clinton and Prince Andrew, it is well known that the former president and the prince visited Epstein’s “orgy island.” This is where much of the abuse took place. For the moment, Clinton is not accused of abusing any of the young girls present. The aforementioned Giuffre, however, says that Prince Andrew did have sex with her when she was a minor.
GOP NE Sen Ben Sasse after Jeffrey Epstein was charged with sex trafficking. Sasse: “This monster received a pathetically soft sentence..& his victims deserve nothing less than justice..this billionaire can’t be let out just because he can cut a bail check”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 7, 2019
Well before he became president, Trump spoke very kindly about Epstein. “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years,” he said. “Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. 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.” Like Clinton, none of Epstein’s alleged victims accuses him of abuse, however.
Epstein is a former asset manager who has been friends with former President Clinton and President Trump https://t.co/SLXEfr8Xfq
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 7, 2019
Other famous names in Epstein’s “little black book” include Tony Blair, Naomi Campbell, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Bloomberg, and Richard Branson. According to Giuffre, Epstein actually wired his mansion, where he often received his friends and other guests, with cameras. He then secretly recorded orgies they had with underage girls, after which he blackmailed them. Or so Giuffre says.
If true — and if Epstein decides to talk — this could end up becoming one of the biggest legal cases of this century.