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Media News 2006

Palm Beach Post - August 14, 2006 / Jeffrey Epstein craved big homes, elite friends and, investigators say, underage girls, By Andrew Marra

Jeffrey Epstein craved big homes, elite friends and, investigators say, underage girls

Epstein, one of the most mysterious of the country's mega rich, was known as much for his secrecy as for his love of fine things: magnificent homes, private jets, beautiful women, friendships with the world's elite. But at the Palm Beach police headquarters, he was becoming known for something else: the regular arrival of teenage girls he hired to give him massages and, police say, perform sexual favors. Detectives received complaints that private eyes were posing as police officers in the case. When they told Epstein's local Attorney, Guy Fronstin, he said the investigators worked for Roy Black, the high powered Miami lawyer who has defended the likes of Rush Limbaugh and William Kennedy Smith.

TheCrimson.com - July 31, 2006 / Billionaire Harvard Donor Arrested For Soliciting Prostitutes, By Katherine M. Gray

Billionaire Harvard Donor Arrested For Soliciting Prostitutes

Billionaire money manager Jeffrey Epstein, who donated $30 million to Harvard in 2003, has been charged with soliciting sex from prostitutes in his Palm Beach, Florida mansion­ and has hired Frankfurter Professor of Law Alan M. Dershowitz to serve in his defense.

According to an indictment that was unsealed last week, Epstein allegedly solicited sex at least three times between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31 of last year. According to a police report, the Palm Beach Police Department believes it has probable cause to charge Epstein with four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and of lewd and lascivious molestation.

Epstein has retained Dershowitz as part of his defense team, according to the Palm Beach Post. The paper reported the case was going to be presented to a grand jury in February but was postponed after Dershowitz produced information further weakening the girls' credibility.

Dershowitz attempted to discredit the reliability of the girls' testimony by providing information from some of the girls' myspace.com profiles in which they mentioned alcohol and marijuana use, the Post reported.

Epstein donated $30 million in February 2003 to fund the research of mathematical biologist Martin A Nowak, who is the director of Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics.

It is unclear if Harvard will return any of Epstein's donation. Neither Nowak nor University President Derek C. Bok could be reached for comment Monday.

The New York Daily News has reported that New York State Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer, who is currently running for Governor, has returned an approximately $50,000 gift from Epstein. And Mark A Green, who is running to replace Spitzer as attorney general, has returned a $10,000 donation, according to the Daily News.

In April, Epstein lawyer Guy Fronstin accepted a plea deal that would have the billionaire plead guilty to one count of aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, and would give him five years' probation but no criminal record, according to the Post. That deal was to only apply to one of the five alleged victims.

Fronstin has since been fired, and a new defense attorney, Jack A Goldberger, said that no such plea deal was made by any of Epstein's attorneys,according to the Post.

Goldberger and Dershowitz could not be reached for comment Monday.

Acrding to a police report released last week, someone contacted a woman involved in the case and told her that she would be compensated for not cooperating with the police. The woman said she was told that those who did talk to the police "would be dealt with," according to the Post.

Goldberger told the Post that while his client did host women at his house, at issue was whether Epstein knew how old they were.

"He's never denied girls came to the house," Goldberger told the Post.

According to the probable cause affidavit released by the Palm Beach Police Department, one of the girls Epstein solicited for sexual acts was a 16-year-old girl who performed sexual acts for him in his bedroom on several occasions over a span of two years.

The woman, whose name was blotted from the affidavit told the police that she would completely remove her clothes and begin massaging Epstein's back, while he lay on a massage table, wearing only a towel. She would then massage his chest, and Epstein would begin to masturbate both himself and the woman.

The woman told the police that Epstein asked for her age and knew she was 16. She said that Epstein had asked her and another female to have intercourse in front of him, and that he also performed oral intercourse on both of them.

On one occasion when the women were fondling each other, Epstein allegedly grabbed the 16-year old woman, turned her over on to her stomach on the massage table, and forcibly penetrated her vagina with his penis.

"She said her head was being held against the table forcibly, as he continued to pump inside her," according to the affidavit "She screamed 'No!' and Epstein stopped." Epstein apologized and paid the woman $1000 for that massage, according to the affidavit.

Epstein, who in 2003 was named one of New York's most eligible bachelors by the New York Post, achieved fame after he took then-President Clinton on an Africa AIDS awareness tour on his personal jet.

In a 2002 New York Magazine article, Donald Trump described long-time friend Epstein as "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. No doubt about it-Jeffrey enjoys his social life," Trump said.

Palm Beach Post - July 29, 2006 / Millionaire Employs Legal Dream Team in Sex Scandal

Millionaire Employs Legal Dream Team in Sex Scandal

Famed Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz met with the State Attorney's Office and provided damaging information. According to Recarey, prosecutor Lanna Belohlavel offered Dershowitz and Guy Fronstin, attorney's for Epstein, a plea deal in April. Fronstin accepted the deal, in which Epstein would plead guilty.

Gawker - July 28, 2006 / Jeffrey Epstein's Strangely Failed Plea Bargain

Jeffrey Epstein's Strangely Failed Plea Bargain

According to an 87-page Palm Beach Police Department report,on April 17 billionaire moneybag and suspected pedephile Jeffrey Epstein agreed to plead guilty to an aggravated assault charge, serve five years probation, undergo "psychiatric/sexual evaluation," and have no unsupervised visits with minors. Epstein's then-counsel Guy Fronstin relayed that Epstein would accept the plea bargain and asked that investigators "call off the grand jury as they would accept this deal." It could've resulted in a somewhat smaller shitstorrn but the deal was never closed:

It is unclear why the plea bargain was not formally struck at that point, but the report indicates that police investigators, who anticipated five felony counts being lodged against Epstein, were incensed at what they clearly viewed as a sweetheart prosecution offer.

Strangely, in mid-May, Epstein was offered the plea bargain again, but papers indicate that the prosecutor "was waiting" for an answer. Yet on Sunday, Epstein was unfairly arrested for a felony count of soliciting prostitution. What kind of justice is there in this world when even a billionaire can't take an extra 3 months to get some massages while mulling over his legal options?

The Smoking Gun - July 27, 2006 / Pervy Billionaire Agreed to Plea Deal

Pervy Billionaire Agreed to Plea Deal

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, now ensnared in a sleazy Palm Beach teenage sex/massage scandal, agreed earlier this year to plead guilty to an aggravated assault charge, serve five years probation, undergo Psychiatric/sexual evaluation, and have no unsupervised visits with minors, according to a police report. Detective Joseph Recarey and prosecutor Lana Belohlavek related to Epstein the terms of the deal during an April 7 meeting in Belohlavek's West Palm Beach Office. Recarey reportedly told him that Epstein had accepted the plea deal via criminal attorney, Guy Fronstin. Belohlavek, according to Recarey, played for him a voice mail message from Fronstin in which the lawyer agreed to the deal and requested that investigators call off the grand jury as they would accept this deal.

It is unclear why the plea bargain was not formally struck at that point, but the report indicates that police investigators - who anticipated five felony counts being lodged against Epstein were incensed at what they clearly viewed as a sweetheart prosecution offer. Last November, when Fronstin told cops that he would not make Epstein available for an interview, he passed on the information that his Client was very passionate about massages and had them frequently because the rubs were therapeutic and spiritually sound for him. The police report adds that Fronstin said Epstein allegedly donated over $100,000.00 to the Ballet of Florida for massages.

PanacheReport.com - 2006 / Mysterious Billionaire With An Illicit Secret?, By Andrew Marra

Mysterious Billionaire With An Illicit Secret?

Jeffrey Epstein, above, is one of the most mysterious of the country's mega-rich. He was known as much for his secrecy as for his love of fine things: magnificent homes, private jets, beautiful women, friendships with the world's elite. But at Palm Beach police headquarters, he was becoming known for something else: the regular arrival of teenage girls he hired to give him massages and, police say, perform sexual favors. Epstein was different from most sexual abuse suspects; he was far more powerful. He counted among his friends former President Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew, along with some of the most prominent legal, scientific and business minds in the country.

Epstein, now 53, was a quintessential man of mystery. He amassed his fortune and friends quietly, always in the background as he navigated New York high society. Epstein is said to run $15 billion for wealthy clients but his client list is a closely guarded secret. He is said to handle accounts only of $1 billion or greater for the filthy rich. What is known, despite his power and wealth, Epstein never obtained a college degree yet he can converse on a wide range of subjects with world renowned scientists and Nobel Prize winners. Epstein is also a former math teacher and concert pianist. It's been noted that he keeps a "salon of brilliant scientists on call for brainstorm discussions at all hours of the night."

When he first attracted notice in the early 1990's, it was on account of the woman he was dating: Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late and very secretive British media tycoon, Robert Maxwell. In a lengthy article, headlined "The Mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell's Secret Love," the British Mail on Sunday tabloid laid out speculative stories suggesting that Epstein was an secret intelligence agent.

The media frenzy did not begin in full until a decade later. In September 2002, Epstein was flung into the limelight when he flew Bill Clinton and actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker to Africa on his private jet.

Not long ago, Epstein purchased one of his most lavish residences: a massive townhouse that dominates a block on Manhattan's Upper East Side. It is reported to have, among its finer features, closed-circuit television and a heated sidewalk to melt away fallen snow. That townhouse, thought to be the largest private residence in Manhattan, is only a piece of the extravagant world Epstein built over time. In New Mexico, he constructed a 27,000-square-foot hilltop mansion on a 10,000-acre ranch outside Santa Fe. Many believed it to be the largest home in the state. In Palm Beach, he bought a waterfront home on EI Brillo Way. And he runs his business from a 100-acre private island in St. Thomas.

Perhaps as remarkable as his lavish homes is his extensive network of friends and associates at the highest echelons of power. This includes not only socialites but also business tycoons, media moguls, politicians, royalty and Nobel Prize-winning scientists whose research he often funds.

In Palm Beach, he lived in luxury. Three black Mercedes sat in his garage, alongside a green Harley-Davidson. His jet waited at a hangar at Palm Beach International Airport. At home, a private chef and a small staff stood at the ready. From a window in his mansion, he could look out on the Intracoastal Waterway and the West Palm Beach skyline. He seemed to be a man who had everything.

In March 2005, a worried mother contacted Palm Beach police. She said another parent had overheard a conversation between their children. Now the mother was afraid her 14-year-old daughter had been molested by a man on the island. The phone call triggered an extensive investigation, one that would lead detectives to Epstein but leave them frustrated.

Palm Beach police and the state attorney's office have declined to discuss the case. But a Palm Beach police report detailing the criminal probe offers a window into what detectives faced as they sought to close in on Epstein. Detectives interviewed the girl, who told them a friend had invited her to a rich man's house to perform a massage. She said the friend told her to say she was 18 if asked. At the house, she said she was paid $300 after stripping to her panties and massaging the man while he masturbated.

The investigation began in full after the girl identified Epstein in a photo as the man who had paid her. Police arranged for garbage trucks to set aside Epstein's trash so police could sift through it. They set up a video camera to record the comings and goings at his home. They monitored an airport hangar for signs of his private jet's arrivals and departures.

They quickly learned that the woman who took the 14-year-old girl to Epstein's house was Haley Robson, a Palm Beach Community College student from Loxahatchee. In a sworn statement at police headquarters, Robson, then 18, admitted she had taken at least six girls to visit Epstein, all between the ages of 14 and 16. Epstein paid her for each visit, she said.

During the drive back to her house, Robson told detectives, "I'm like a Heidi Fleiss." Police interviewed five alleged victims and 17 witnesses. Their report shows some of the girls said they had been instructed to have sex with another woman in front of Epstein, and one said she had direct intercourse with him.

In October, police searched the Palm Beach mansion. They discovered photos of naked, young ­looking females, just as several of the girls had described in interviews. Hidden cameras were found in the garage area and inside a clock on Epstein's desk, alongside a girl's high school transcript. Two of Epstein's former employees told investigators that young-looking girls showed up to perform massages two or three times a day when Epstein was in town.

They said the girls were permitted many indulgences. A chef cooked for them. Workers gave them rides and handed out hundreds of dollars at a time. One employee told detectives he was told to send a dozen roses to one teenage girl after a high school drama performance. Others were given rental cars. One, according to police, received a $200 Christmas bonus.

The cops moved to cement their case. But as they tried to tighten the noose, they encountered other forces at work. In Orlando they interviewed a possible victim who told them nothing inappropriate had happened between her and Epstein. They asked her whether she had spoken to anyone else. She said yes, a private investigator had asked her the same questions.

When they subpoenaed one of Epstein's former employees, he told them the same thing. He and a private eye had met at a restaurant days earlier to go over what the man would tell investigators. Detectives received complaints that private eyes were posing as police officers. When they told Epstein's local attorney, Guy Fronstin, he said the investigators worked for Roy Black, the high-powered Miami lawyer who has defended the likes of Rush Limbaugh and William Kennedy Smith.

Prosecutors decided to take the case to the grand jury. It is not known how many of the girls testified before the grand jury. But Epstein's defense team said one girl who was subpoenaed -the one who said she had sexual intercourse with Epstein -never showed up.

The grand jury's indictment was handed down in July. It was not the one the police department had wanted. Instead of being slapped with a charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, Epstein was charged with one count of felony solicitation of prostitution, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early July 23 and released hours later.

Meanwhile, Epstein's powerful friends continue to remain silent regarding this case.