Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Epstein affair: beware of false information

Open in full screen mode

The documents made public Wednesday evening mainly come from a defamation suit against Jeffrey Epstein's former partner, Ghislaine Maxwell.

  • Nicholas De Rosa (View profile)Nicholas De Rosa
  • Jeff Yates (View profile)Jeff Yates

Speech synthesis, based on artificial intelligence, makes it possible to generate spoken text from written text.

The long-awaited publication of Forty court documents linked to Jeffrey Epstein will ultimately not have led to a lot of new revelations on the links that the American financier and sex offender had with the rich and powerful. However, this did not prevent Internet users from spreading false information regarding their content.

Other documents are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Found died in his prison cell in 2019 while accused of running a sex trafficking ring involving minors, Jeffrey Epstein has become an object of fascination in recent years.

He owned a private island where orgies involving minors were constantly organized, according to old court documents (New window), and he rubbed shoulders with very influential people such as former US presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

While the names of many public figures appear in recently made public court documents (we will return to them shortly), those of Justin Trudeau, Céline Dion and Jim Carrey do not appear.

A list of more than 160 names of supposed confirmed visitors to Jeffrey Epstein's private island, including these three Canadians, is circulating widely on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and the X network, but it is made from scratch.

Open in full screen mode

This list of more than 160 names of supposed visitors to Jeffrey Epstein's island is false.

Another big absentee from the court documents is the talk show hostAmerican Jimmy Kimmel. New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers had insinuated, in a television interview organized before the release of the documents, that Kimmel's name would appear in them, which is false. Jimmy Kimmel threatened the athlete with legal action on Twitter.

Director and screenwriter Woody Allen and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates are not included in the documents released this week, but their closeness to Mr. Epstein has been well documented in recent months. All (New window)two (New window) visited him numerous times, years after he was charged with sex crimes involving minors.

The documents made public Wednesday evening essentially come from a defamation lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein's former partner, Ghislaine Maxwell. The plaintiff, Virginia Giuffre, claims she was sex trafficked by Mr. Epstein and Ms. Maxwell when she was a minor. She sued Ms. Maxwell after she publicly accused her of lying.

Some documents, formerly withheld by the court, have been made public ; others were partially dismembered.

Open in full screen mode

Virginia Giuffre and her lawyer David Boies.

The new allegations stem largely from two depositions made by two former employees of Jeffrey Epstein.

Johanna Sjoberg, who was notably a masseuse for Mr. Epstein and his guests, named MM. Clinton and Trump in a court deposition during the lawsuit, where she testified for Ms. Giuffre. She was in her twenties when she began working for Mr. Epstein.

Ms. Sjoberg said she heard Mr. Epstein say that Bill Clinton liked them young, referring to girls, and that Epstein once wanted to call Donald Trump when he landed in Atlantic City to visit one of his casinos.

Another partially redacted document is a deposition from Rinaldo Rizzo, a former household employee of Mr. Epstein. Among other things, he claimed that Donald Trump called Jeffrey Epstein on the phone but that he never saw him there.

Ghislaine Maxwell also claims in an email to be certain that Bill Clinton ate a meal on board Jeffrey Epstein's plane.

No illegal behavior is accused of the two former presidents in these documents. However, it is too early to draw definitive conclusions on the nature of the relationship between them and Mr. Epstein, as several Internet users have been doing since Wednesday evening. Both are notably mentioned numerous times in the logbook of Mr. Epstein's private plane (New window), made public in 2021.

The names of several other public figures appear in court documents, but the allegations and information about them have sometimes been misrepresented on social media and in some articles.

This British astrophysicist who died in 2018 is mentioned in an email sent by Jeffrey Epstein to Ghislaine Maxwell, the financier's former assistant and partner. Virginia Giuffre, who sued Maxwell for defamation in 2015, notably alleged in the suit that Stephen Hawking had participated in orgies involving minors. The email reveals that Mr. Epstein was willing to pay people in Ms. Giuffre's entourage to contradict his testimony.

You can offer a reward to any of Virginia's friends, acquaintances, or family members who come forward to help prove her allegations are false. […] The strongest is the Clinton dinner, or the new version in the Virgin Islands according to which Stephen Hawking participated in an orgy of minors, we can read there.

Open in full screen mode

Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76 in 2018.

Asked during her testimony about the personalities she met while working for Jeffrey Epstein, Johanna Sjoberg responded that she met the artist Michael Jackson at Mr. Epstein's home in Palm Beach, Florida, and that 'she hadn't given him a massage.

No other details about her are mentioned.

Prince Andrew was already disgraced before the release of these documents: he withdrew from public life in 2019 after Virginia Giuffre accused him of sexual assault when she was a minor. The two parties reached an amicable settlement in 2022, while Prince Andrew still denies the allegations.

In her statement, Johanna Sjoberg confirms that Virginia Giuffre had indeed met Prince Andrew. She claims to have taken a photo in 2001 with the prince and Ms. Giuffre when the latter was a minor. The hand of a doll bearing the likeness of Prince Andrew would have been placed on Ms. Giuffre's breast while the prince would have placed his on Ms. Sjoberg's breast.

The latter testified that she did not see any inappropriate behavior between the prince and Ms. Giuffre but that the latter had told her the next day that she was only 17 years old. She adds that she had no indication at the time that Ms. Giuffre might have been the subject of trafficking and that the latter had never spoken to her about having had sexual relations, whether with Jeffrey Epstein or with the latter's knowledge.

An anonymous alleged victim, Jane Doe 3, alleges she was a sex slave of Mr. Epstein and had sexual relations forced with Prince Andrew when she was a minor in several different countries.

Open in full screen mode

Prince Andrew ended his public appearances in 2019.

Jane Doe 3 alleges she had sexual relations with the well-known Harvard University law professor when she was a minor. She also claims that Mr. Dershowitz witnessed other sexual acts perpetrated against minors.

Mr. Dershowitz has denied these allegations in several media outlets. He had also been the subject of a defamation suit by Virginia Giuffre which was dropped in 2022. At the time, she mentioned having perhaps made a mistake in identifying Mr. Dershowitz.

Johanna Sjoberg mentions in her deposition having seen the illusionist performing magic tricks in Jeffrey Epstein's mansion. He allegedly asked her if she knew that girls were paid to find other girls.

View the documents made public here.(New window)

  • Nicholas De Rosa (View profile)Nicholas De RosaFollow
  • Jeff Yates (View profile)Jeff YatesFollow

By admin

Related Post