This article has been updated to reflect the withdrawal of Virginia Roberts Guiffre's allegations against Alan Dershowitz and the striking of the allegations from the court record by a federal judge. Thomas, and cavorted at epic dinner parties at his palatial townhouse—then the largest privately owned residence in New York, as he liked to brag.
But a darker story was going on underneath the glamour. In , Epstein was convicted of soliciting sex from an underage girl and quietly paid settlements to scores of alleged victims who said he serially molested them.
For months, talking heads have wondered whether Trump would use Epstein and his girls as a weapon against Bill and Hillary Clinton. Now, with the latest federal lawsuit against Trump himself, it seems the notorious financier has become a serious liability for both campaigns. The key question is not what can I gain but what do I have to lose.
Cheat Sheet A speedy, smart summary of all the news you need to know and nothing you don't. You are now subscribed to the Daily Digest and Cheat Sheet. We will not share your email with anyone for any reason. What the year-old Ralph Lauren lookalike had to lose was his perverted double life. During these massages, girls as young as 13 told police they were instructed to get undressed. Epstein would masturbate or penetrate them, they said —with his finger, or a vibrator, or his allegedly egg-shaped penis.
By the time Epstein was arrested in , police in Palm Beach County, Florida, had already spent months monitoring his movements, rifling through his trash, and interviewing potential victims and witnesses. Police reported to prosecutors that they had gathered enough evidence to charge the money manager with several felonies: So Epstein did what the mega-rich do in these situations: Attorney Alex Acosta explained in a letter.
And so, despite a decade of alleged serial sexual abuse and rape of an unknowable number of girls, some as many as times according to court filings, the notoriously secretive financier was offered a deal. Attorney called them—women who allegedly procured girls for Epstein—also received immunity from prosecution as a condition of the agreement that enraged the local police force for its leniency.
Since his release in , Epstein has gone about his business, running a mysterious money management firm clients unknown, income unknown, investments and activities unknown from his private acre island in the U. Virgin Islands and spending time at his Uptown stone mansion. From his plush perch, Epstein continues to dismiss any notions that he should be viewed as the child rapist that victims and Florida police say he is.
In December , just as the Palm Beach lawsuits were winding down, another alleged victim emerged and her claims were salacious: They told me to pay attention to the details about what the men wanted so I could report back to them. Epstein required me to describe the sexual events I had with these men presumably so that he could potentially blackmail them. I am still very fearful of these men today. Meanwhile, the men named by Guiffre seem eager for her to go away.
This April, Giuffre's lawyers withdrew her allegations against Dershowitz and said that it was a "mistake" to have filed the accusations in the first place. A federal judge later struck her allegations against Dershowitz from the court record. At Dershowitz's request, Louis Freeh, the former head of the FBI, also conducted an independent investigation of her claims and published a statement noting, "Our investigation found no evidence to support the accusations of sexual misconduct against Professor Dershowitz.
Guiffre alleges the former U. The allegations are explosive. And the circumstances surrounding them are very, very strange. The fourth and final time she attended a party with Trump, she alleges he tied her to a bed with pantyhose, raped her, then beat her and threatened to kill her and her family if she told a soul. This is the second time the woman has brought a suit against Trump and Epstein.
The first, which she filed herself this April in California using the name Katie Johnson, was dismissed for failure to bring a claim under the civil-rights law under which she had filed suit.
Calls to the phone number listed on the original suit were never answered, with no way to leave a voicemail. Neighbors told RadarOnline that squatters had overrun the home while Stacey was hospitalized, and a real-estate agent reported the home had been turned over to the bank by April. This time, Johnson also has a declaration from a woman who claims to be a corroborating witness, known in the suit as Tiffany Doe.
In a video published in part on Jezebel , a woman claiming to be Katie Johnson appears—wearing a blond wig, her face pixelated and her voice disguised. In it, she details the allegations of rape.
Taylor has coincidentally been the subject of Epstein-related news before. Taylor says he met Kuvin during an attempt to interview his Epstein clients. They settled with Epstein out of court and declined to be interviewed by Taylor. Baer is also, according to Jezebel, the father of Chandler Smith, an Ohio woman who happens to be the co-founder of an organization called Vote Trump Get Dumped , a campaign that urges ladies to withhold sex from Trump supporters.
When Edwards declined to take the case, Taylor told the website GossipExtra they were shopping for representation. When asked whether any evidence of their claims existed outside of the Doe declarations, Taylor said Tiffany kept a journal of Epstein contacts. But Mike Fisten, a retired Miami-Dade homicide detective who worked as a private investigator in several Epstein-related cases, is skeptical about the new claims.
Fisten says Epstein had in effect two lives: In hundreds of interviews with hundreds of witnesses, he said no one has ever identified Trump as being involved in any kind of sexual activity with underage girls. 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. Then there is the black book , in which Epstein lists 14 phone numbers for Trump, including ones for his future wife Melania.
Garten did not return a request for comment on these connections. Epstein was that Mr. True or not, they bring to light a number of disturbing questions about Epstein and his pre-Palm Beach days—ones both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will likely have to address.