Clinton fundraiser held next door to Jeffrey Epstein's house In , the world was introduced to reclusive billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, friend to princes and an American president, a power broker with the darkest of secrets: He was also a pedophile, accused of recruiting dozens of underage girls into a sex-slave network, buying their silence and moving along, although he has been convicted of only one count of soliciting prostitution from a minor.
According to a court filing by alleged Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre, she saw Clinton and Prince Andrew on the island but never saw the former president do anything improper. Giuffre has accused Prince Andrew of having sex with her when she was a minor, a charge Buckingham Palace denies.
In the 11 years since Epstein was investigated and charged by the Palm Beach police department, ultimately copping a plea and serving 13 months on one charge of soliciting prostitution from a year-old girl, Patterson has remained obsessed with the case.
Co-authored with John Connolly and Tim Malloy, the book contains detailed police interviews with girls who alleged sexual abuse by Epstein and others in his circle.
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Born in Brooklyn, he had a middle-class upbringing: His father worked for the Parks Department, and his parents stressed hard work and education. He attended Cooper Union but dropped out in and by was teaching calculus and physics at Dalton, where he tutored the son of a Bear Stearns exec. Soon, Epstein applied his facility with numbers on Wall Street but left Bear Stearns under a cloud in He formed his own business, J. The bar for entry at the new firm was high. Clients also had to pay a flat fee and sign power of attorney over to Epstein, allowing him to do whatever he saw fit with their money.
Still, no one knew exactly what Epstein did, or how he was able to amass a personal billion-dollar-plus fortune. But one never knows. What you see is not what you get. 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.
Pagan persuaded the woman to bring her stepdaughter down to be interviewed. In his book, Patterson calls the girl Mary. And Mary, like so many of the other girls who eventually talked, came from the little-known working-class areas surrounding Palm Beach.
Lots of other girls had been doing it, some three times a week. Mary claimed she had been driven to the mansion on El Brillo Way, where a female staffer escorted her up a pink-carpeted staircase, then into a room with a massage table, an armoire topped with sex toys and a photo of a little girl pulling her underwear off.
But his wee-wee was very tiny. She told police she was alone in the room with him, terrified. Pagan wrote the following in her incident report: Epstein then turned to his side and started to rub his penis in an up-and-down motion.
Alison told Recarey that she visited Epstein hundreds of times. She said he had bought her a new Dodge Neon, plane tickets, and gave her spending money. An abridged version of her witness statement, as recounted in the book: Before I say anything else. I mean, what he did to you is a crime. Would you consider it rape, what he did? If he put himself inside you without permission. That, that is a crime. That is a crime. You guys realize that, right?
All of the above! Alison also told Recarey that Epstein got so violent with her that he ripped out her hair and threw her around. In May , the Palm Beach Police Department filed a probable-cause affidavit, asking prosecutors to charge Epstein with four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor — a second-degree felony — and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a year-old minor, also a second-degree felony.
Today, Jeffrey Epstein is a free man, albeit one who routinely settles civil lawsuits against him, brought by young women, out of court. Palm Beach prosecutors said the evidence was weak, and after presenting the case to a grand jury, Epstein was charged with only one count of felony solicitation of prostitution. In , he pleaded guilty and nominally served 13 months of an month sentence in a county jail: As of , Epstein had settled multiple such cases.
Epstein has been called upon to testify in court this month, on Oct. He will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life, not that it fazes him.