Disgraced financier and longtime Donald Trump pal Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty to sex trafficking charges in a Manhattan federal court.
Prosecutors in the new federal case against the multi-millionaire say he possessed a very large collection of sexual photographs of girls who look very young.
In 2002, Trump described his friend Jeffrey Epstein as "a terrific guy."
"He's a lot of fun to be with," Trump told New York Magazine. "It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side."
— Mike Gregory (@mikeg24764) July 7, 2019
There's a photo of Trump, Melania, Epstein, and his accused child-wrangler Ghislaine all hanging out in 2000 here.
Federal prosecutors in New York unsealed the criminal indictment against Epstein on Monday. They say Epstein operated a sex trafficking ring in which he raped and otherwise sexually abused dozens of underage girls.
Claims that Epstein was doing bad things to many at-risk young women in an organized fashion have circulated for years, as have rumors that politically powerful men like Alan Dershowitz, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump were part of the scene. The men have denied any wrongdoing.
But what did they do?
What do they know?
Florida let Epstein off the hook in 2008, with help from the man who is now Trump's Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, at the time a US attorney in Florida.
Acosta gave Epstein the "deal of a lifetime."
If you believe you are a victim of Jeffrey Epstein, or have information about the conduct alleged in the Indictment unsealed today, please call 1-800-CALL FBI pic.twitter.com/f3ZMThOxJX
— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) July 8, 2019
From CNN today:
According to the indictment, between 2002 and 2005, Epstein ran a trafficking enterprise in which he paid hundreds of dollars in cash to girls as young as 14 to have sex with him at his Upper East Side home and his estate in Palm Beach, worked with employees and associates to lure the girls to his residences and paid some of his victims to recruit other girls for him to abuse.
"In this way, Epstein created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit, often on a daily basis," Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.
Epstein, 66, was arrested Saturday night at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey aboard his private jet upon returning from Paris.
Later that evening, federal agents executing a search warrant of Epstein's mansion in New York City recovered and seized a "vast trove" of lewd photographs of young-looking women or girls, prosecutors said in a bail memorandum.
Some of the photos were discovered in a locked safe along with compact discs with hand-written labels that read, "Young [Name] + [Name]," "Misc nudes 1," and "Girl pics nude," according to the bail memorandum.
Here is what law-enforcement officials found in Jeffrey Epstein's Upper East Side mansion on Saturday night when they executed a search warrant, according to SDNY's detention memo: pic.twitter.com/CSKWMmCVY8
— erica orden (@eorden) July 8, 2019
US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announced charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019.
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