From former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, a Trump cabinet member, Prince Andrew, society maven Ghislaine Maxwell and a coterie of other socialites, business poohbahs and entertainment industry big wheels.
And these powerful people kept Epstein rolling in his bog of slime.
Now, the Miami Herald reports the sickening extent Epstein’s powerful friends kept him from doing hard time.
WHO IS JEFFREY EPSTEIN?
Epstein is a billionaire Palm Beach financier and hedge fund operator drawn to famous powerbrokers like a moth to a flame.
Born in New York City, the 65-year-old earned a reputation as a savvy investor who had deep ties to the Democratic Party establishment.
He was also hiding a horrific secret. Over the years, Epstein amassed a large, cult-like network of underage girls to coerce into having sex with him and his wealthy pals.
According to the Herald, Epstein would greet the girls at the door of his Florida mansion wearing only a towel.
At his party palaces in Florida, New York, New Mexico, Texas and the Caribbean, Epstein and his famous friends would have sex with the girls. He was suspected of trafficking some of them from overseas for his vile machinations.
“I don’t think anyone has been told the truth about what Jeffrey Epstein did,” Epstein victim Michelle Licata told the Herald. “He ruined my life and a lot of girl’s lives. People need to know what he did and why he wasn’t prosecuted so it never happens again.”
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
In 2007, Epstein — now charged with a slew of sex crimes — did a deal that would see him serve just 13 months in the Palm Beach County Jail on two prostitution beefs.
His four co-accused? They got immunity. No names.
His dealmaker was a Republican fixer and U.S. Attorney in Miami, Alexander Acosta, now Secretary of Labour in the Trump administration.According to the Herald, Acosta’s moves effectively scuttled a federal probe into Epstein.
The billionaire’s lawyers dictated the terms of the deal.
One prosecutor wondered how the U.S. could “basically let the criminal defendant to draw up the deal.”
FUN WITH MATH
In addition, the deal effectively whitewashed how many girls Epstein molested between 2001 and 2005. And it also limited the amount of coverage the case received.
“In never consulting with the victims, and keeping it secret, it showed that someone with money can buy his way out of anything,” said lawyer Bradley Edwards, who is representing two Epstein victims.
Detectives believed all along that powerful elements in Palm Beach were doing their utmost to obstruct the probe.
“This was not a ‘he said, she said’ situation. This was 50-something ‘shes’ and one ‘he’ and all the ‘shes’ basically told the same story,” former Palm Beach police chief Michael Reiter told the Herald.
EASY DOES IT
As for jail, sex offender Epstein was kept in his own wing of the jail and would leave for up to 12 hours at a time on “work release.” He allegedly breached many conditions of his parole but was not taken to task for them.
In Palm Beach, sex offenders do not qualify for work release.
“Jeffrey preyed on girls who were in a bad way, girls who were basically homeless. He went after girls who he thought no one would listen to and he was right,” said Courtney Wild, who met Epstein when she was 14.
He liked his girls aged 13 to 16, white, prepubescent appearing and easily manipulated.
Epstein would pay the girls to give him massages, they would undress and then perform sexual acts. He would then pay them to bring him more girls. It was $200 for a massage.
Other times, Epstein’s “Ukrainian sex slave” would join in for a threesome, penetrating the girls with a strap-on sex toy while the billionaire watched.
The Herald identified around 80 girls who were victimized by Epstein. One is a Hollywood star.
THE BIG APPLE
In New York — where the filthy financier has a home — DA Cyrus Vance bent over backwards in 2011 to try and change Epstein’s sex offender status.
He had been designated as likely to reoffend. The judge in the case was flabbergasted.
“I’m a little overwhelmed because I have never seen a prosecutor’s office do anything like this,” Judge Rick Pickholtz said, adding the DA would unlikely be going to bat for Joe Average the same way.
A civil trial is slated Dec. 4 and another slated for next year will target the secretive rich man’s deal that saved Epstein from hard time — and real recriminations.