John on May 1, 2007 at 1:33 am
While everyone in Washington awaits ABC’s sweeps-week edition of 20/20 featuring Deborah Jeane Palfrey, aka the “DC madame, ” another sex scandal is brewing.
Well, maybe brewing is too dramatic a word. Perhaps fermenting is better. Better yet, moulding-over about nails it. I’m talking of course about Jeffrey Epstein.
If you’ve not heard much about Jeffrey Epstein there are two reasons for your ignorance:
- Epstein is a billionaire who has been a big money supporter of Democratic candidates. His wealth has also allowed him to hire top lawyers like Alan Dershowitz to defend him from what is essentially an open and shut case.
- In addition to his money, Epstein is personally linked to powerful people including Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. In fact he once flew Mr. Clinton, along with a couple Hollywood movie stars, on his private 747. If you can imagine the security nightmare that must have been for secret service, you get an idea how connected Epstein really is.
Today you can add one more name to the list of Epstein’s high profile friends. Prince Andrew, the little brother of Prince Charles:
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has stayed at Sandringham and holidayed with the Prince in Thailand, while Andrew has visited his luxurious New York townhouse at least twice.
Epstein, 54, leads a hedonistic lifestyle that has troubled Royal courtiers ever since he was introduced to the Prince by their friend Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell.
During his Thai holiday with Epstein, Andrew was photographed surrounded by topless women on a yacht.
Yup, that sounds like Jeffrey. The Daily Mail has been able to get their hands on some of the evidence in the case. So far as I know this is the first time some of these details have appeared in print anywhere:
Epstein was the subject of an 11-month undercover investigation by police after a complaint in 2005 from the stepmother of a 14-year-old girl, who claimed she was paid £150 to give him an erotic massage at his flamingo-pink villa. The girl is said to have been taken there by 18-year-old student Haley Robson, who claims in a sworn statement that she was recruited at the age of 17 to provide the billionaire with a £100 nude massage. She told police he grabbed her after she began to rub him with oil.
‘After the massage,’ according to a police department affidavit, ‘Epstein stated that he understood she [Robson] was not comfortable, but he would pay her if she brought over some girls. He told her the younger the better.’
The student claims she found at least six girls aged 14 to 16. ‘Every girl knew what to expect,’ the affidavit continues. ‘They were told they would provide a massage, possibly naked, and allow some touching.’
One of the girls ‘cried hysterically’, according to a police report, as she recalled how she was recruited to provide services for Epstein when she was 16. She claims in a sworn statement that he introduced her to a woman whom he said he had brought from Yugoslavia ‘to be his sex slave’. The girl claims that Epstein persuaded her to have sex with the woman. He allegedly also ‘forcibly’ held the girl’s head as he tried to have sex with her, but stopped after she ‘screamed no’.
‘Epstein apologised for his actions and paid her £500 for that visit,’ the records claim. ‘Additionally, [he] gave her a 2005 Dodge Neon, blue in colour, for her personal use.’
When police searched the villa, they say they found a pink and green couch in the master bedroom, matching a description by the alleged victims. They say the stairway to the room was lined with photos of naked young girls. Two hidden cameras were found inside clocks, and police also discovered pictures of Robson and other witnesses on a computer.
The allegations came to light after Epstein was accused of soliciting a prostitute. He is due to stand trial next month.
Palm Beach police believe that the relatively light charge, which makes no mention of sex with minors, was the result of intimidation by private investigators and high-powered lawyers representing Epstein. Police claim that local prosecutors were deterred from aggressively pursuing the case.
We know the media loves politically charged sex scandals. We’ve been through Mark Foley, Ted Haggard and Randall Tobias in the last year. Meanwhile, the Dems’ own sex scandal hums along quietly in the background, seemingly beneath notice by the national press.
But consider just how juicy a scandal this is. We have multiple under-age women, a “sex-slave” purchased from her parents, evidence of politically motivated prosecutorial interference, credible reports of witness intimidation, and connections to a former playboy President, an English Prince and Donald Trump. This is the sex-scandal to end all sex-scandals!
But, curiously, getting to the bottom of this story hasn’t seemed the least bit enticing to our national media. If, as we’re often told, the media’s only bias is for a good story, why are these details seeing the first light of day in England?
It’s enough to make you think there are two different standards being applied.
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