- Jeffrey Epstein was friends with a whos who of high-profile politicians, celebrities and media elites, including Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Prince Andrew.
- Epstein was arrested Saturday and indicted on charges that he trafficked underage girls for sex.
- In 2010, after completing a jail sentence related to a sex case in Florida, Epstein reportedly hosted George Stephanopoulos, Katie Couric, Woody Allen and Chelsea Handler at his New York City townhouse.
The indictment against Jeffrey Epstein for allegedly trafficking underage girls has renewed attention on the billionaire sex offenders circle of rich and powerful friends.
Epstein had close ties in the mid-2000s to former President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Ehud Barak, the former prime minister of Israel. President Donald Trump also considered Epstein a friend, describing the mysterious financier as a “terrific guy” in a 2002 media profile.
Epsteins Rolodex, which was leaked in 2011, was also filled with the names of easily recognizable politicians and celebrities, including actors Alec Baldwin, Ralph Fiennes, Dustin Hoffman, and Elizabeth Hurley. Mick Jagger and Rupert Murdoch are also listed in the book, as are politicians Tony Blair, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo, and Ted Kennedy.
Epsteins legal problems initially did not block his access to his high-profile friends.
The Daily Beast reported in 2011 that Epstein hosted George Stephanopoulos, Katie Couric, Chelsea Handler, Woody Allen and other celebrities at a dinner at his New York City townhouse in December 2010, more than a year after Epstein has served 13 months in jail for soliciting prostitution from a minor.
According to the report:
On the evening of December 2nd, 2010, a handful of Americas media and entertainment elite—including TV anchors Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos, comedienne Chelsea Handler, and director Woody Allen—convened around the dinner table of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. It wasnt just any dining room, but part of a sprawling nine-story townhouse that once housed an entire preparatory school.
Epstein left jail in July 2009, after serving 13 months of an 18 month sentence in Florida as part of a plea deal in which he admitted to soliciting prostitution from a minor under the age of 18.
The FBI had uncovered evidence during an investigation that Epstein had engaged in sex acts with as many as three dozen underage girls. But while facing a life prison sentence, Epstein struck the lenient deal with Alexander Acosta, who then served as U.S. attorney for the southern district of Florida. As part of the agreement, Epstein and his associates were granted immunity from federal prosecution related to any sex crimes in Florida.
U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta speaks before U.S. President Donald Trump at an event for “supporting veterans and military families” at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
He registered as a sex offender in New York in November 2011, according to The Miami Herald.
Epstein, 66, now faces charges for similar crimes in New York City.
In an indictment unsealed on Monday, Epstein is accused of trafficking dozens of underage girls between 2002 and 2005 in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida. The indictment alleges that Epstein and two assistants paid hundreds of dollars in cash to girls as young as 14 to give him massages while nude or partially nude. Epstein would allegedly grope and fondle the girls while masturbating during the massages, the government alleges. (RELATED: Jeffrey Epstein Indicted On Child Sex-Trafficking Charges)
Epstein also allegedly paid some of the girls to recruit other girls to give him massages.
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