An Unbiased Look at What We Know About the Epstein Scandal So Far – The Organic Prepper
Several years ago while I was writing for another publication, I came across the story of a very wealthy man who was accused of doing atrocious things to young women. YOUNG women. Girls, even.
The man allegedly had ties to some prominent people, including past presidents, a prince, and other public figures. Many of those people are accused of participating in heinous activities with this man.
Independent media outlets reported on this man and his vile activities for years – but the mainstream media, which has other agendas, largely ignored him.
That man, Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested – finally – for his crimes, and thankfully, the media has taken notice.
As a journalist, it is my job to report facts, no matter how unpleasant. Here, I will share all of the documented information I can find on Epstein. I will do my best to report them accurately and without bias. (I am non-partisan and my goal is always to expose the truth, no matter how painful).
This article contains content that may be upsetting to many. Reader discretion is advised.
Who is Jeffrey Epstein?
Jeffrey Epstein, 66, is an American financier, philanthropist, and registered sex offender. Epstein, a billionaire, began his career at the investment bank, Bear Stearns, before forming his own firm, J. Epstein & Co.
He allegedly had (or has) a team of traffickers who procured girls as young as 12 to service his friends on “Orgy Island,” an estate on his 72-acre island, called Little St. James, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to a Fox News report.
Epstein has been under scrutiny for over a decade, with teenage girls saying he used his employees to bring them to his Florida mansion for sex and paid them to recruit new victims. Bloomberg reports:
In a 2008 plea deal that has received intense criticism, Epstein pleaded guilty to two state charges of soliciting a prostitute and served 13 months in a Florida state prison (he was allowed to spend 16 hours a day outside of prison), while avoiding prosecution for federal sex-trafficking offenses and the decades of prison time he could have faced if convicted.
The Miami Herald last year published a series of articles reporting that the top federal prosecutor in southern Florida at the time, Alex Acosta, worked with Epstein’s lawyers to fashion the deal. Acosta, now the U.S. labor secretary, violated federal law when he failed to clear the federal non-prosecution agreement with many of Epstein’s alleged victims, a federal judge ruled in February.
The Herald said it found about 60 victims. (source)
To elaborate on the federal judge’s ruling: The deal given to Epstein was illegal because it violated provisions of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. That decision was the result of a federal lawsuit brought by two of Epstein’s victims who had been fighting to put him in prison for more than a decade.
In a lengthy report titled Perversion of Justice, The Miami Herald detailed Acosta’s involvement in the case:
For years, Epstein lured an endless stream of teenage girls to his Palm Beach mansion, offering to pay them for massages. Instead, police say, for years he coerced middle and high school girls into engaging in sex acts with him and others.
As evidence emerged that there were victims and witnesses outside of Palm Beach, the FBI began an investigation in 2006 into whether Epstein and others employed by him were involved in underage sex trafficking.
But in 2007, despite substantial evidence that corroborated the girls’ stories of abuse by Epstein, the U.S. attorney in Miami, Alexander Acosta, signed off on a secret deal for the multimillionaire, one that ensured he would never spend a day in prison.
Acosta, now President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor, agreed to seal the agreement so that no one — not even Epstein’s victims — would know the full extent of his crimes or who was involved. (source)
Facing a 53-page federal indictment, Epstein could have ended up in federal prison for the rest of his life, but Acosta ensured that would not happen:
But on the morning of the breakfast meeting, a deal was struck — an extraordinary plea agreement that would conceal the full extent of Epstein’s crimes and the number of people involved.
Not only would Epstein serve just 13 months in the county jail, but the deal — called a non-prosecution agreement— essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein’s sex crimes, according to a Miami Herald examination of thousands of emails, court documents and FBI records.
The pact required Epstein to plead guilty to two prostitution charges in state court. Epstein and four of his accomplices named in the agreement received immunity from all federal criminal charges. But even more unusual, the deal included wording that granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators’’ who were also involved in Epstein’s crimes. These accomplices or participants were not identified in the agreement, leaving it open to interpretation whether it possibly referred to other influential people who were having sex with underage girls at Epstein’s various homes or on his plane.
As part of the arrangement, Acosta agreed, despite a federal law to the contrary, that the deal would be kept from the victims. As a result, the non-prosecution agreement was sealed until after it was approved by the judge, thereby averting any chance that the girls — or anyone else — might show up in court and try to derail it. (source)
The Herald series also revealed that Acosta held an unusual one-on-one meeting with Epstein’s lawyer, Jay Lefkowitz, in October 2007, at a West Palm Beach Marriott. “Records showed that it was at that meeting that Acosta acceded to a non-prosecution agreement that gave Epstein and others involved in his operation federal immunity,” the report states.