What celebrities were supposedly involved in the Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell sex scandal?
Epstein is dead and Maxwell has been jailed, but the two have many links to people in the halls of power.
The jailing of Ghislaine Maxwell for her role in the procurement of children for sex has people looking at who was involved. Her relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Espstein is the source of much intrigue as the two were known for their deep links to British aristocracy as well as the big wigs in American society.
Esptein had a so-called “little black book” in which the names of all the people that visited him could be found. The book was attempted to be destroyed but was recovered by a butler before being handed to the FBI. The scans can be found here.
Here are some of the big names included in the book.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
The Duke of York, nephew of the Queen, is a name included in the book. Andrew was a friend of Maxwell due to her links to British high society through her father.
Particularly damning for the prince was his meeting with Epstein in 2009 - after Epstein had been convicted of sexually abusing children. Epstein and Maxwell were also pictured in the Queen’s royal estate at Balmoral.
The prince volunteered to take part in a BBC interview in an attempt to tell his side of the story. Instead, the interview was a car crash in which the prince claimed he could not sweat as well as a bizarre alibi of eating pizza at a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking because it was “an unusual thing for me to do, a very unusual thing for me to do.”
Prince Andrew settled with Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre in a civil lawsuit earlier this year with no admittance of wrongdoing.
One of the accusers at Maxwell’s trial testified that she was introduced to Donald Trump by Epstein when she was 14. There were no allegations made against the former president. There are many pictures and videos online of Trump and Epstein sharing jokes and enjoying parties.
Epstein was a visitor to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club but it has been claimed that Trump actually banned his former friend months before his conviction fro sexual assault. In the wake of Epstein’s arrest, Trump said he was “not a fan of his” and that the two had not spoken in 15 years.
In 2002, Trump told New York magazine, “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy.”
“He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Epstein visited the White House 17 times during Clinton’s presidency, including a time with Ghislaine Maxwell. Another image shows the former president receiving a neck massage from a girl who alleges she was a victim of Epstein. The victim, Chauntae Davies, reportedly said Clinton was a “perfect gentleman” during the trip.
In a statement released in 2019, his spokesman Angel Ureña said the former president knew nothing about Epstein’s “terrible crimes”. It also accepted Clinton had flown on Epstein’s plane four times, but all were for work purposes and the former president was not aware of any of Epstein’s dealings with underage girls.