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There is a significant inquire underlying your total hypothesis surrounding Jeffrey Epstein: Did he include compromising tapes on some individuals of the elite circle he ran in? Blackmail is a total theory for the manner the financier mysteriously accumulated an estimated $500 million with out having mighty of a paper rush. And when regulation enforcement raided his Manhattan dwelling in July, officers chanced on tapes hand-labeled “Young [Name] + [Name],” main many to signify he might possibly possibly include recorded extremely efficient acquaintances having sex with underage ladies.

The hypothesis persevered on Monday after the Current York Cases printed columnist James B. Stewart’s account of his 90-minute search the suggestion of with to Epstein’s Upper East Facet townhouse on August 16, 2018. A girl, in her “gradual children or in all likelihood 20,” answered the door, and Epstein showed him around, pointing to images of him with acquaintances like Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Invoice Clinton, and Woody Allen. Stewart writes that he became visiting attributable to he had “heard a rumor that [Epstein] became advising Tesla’s embattled chief executive, Elon Musk, who became in effort after pronouncing on Twitter that he had lined up the funding to use Tesla private.” Stewart added that he’d “heard that Mr. Epstein became compiling a checklist of candidates at Mr. Musk’s behest,” a belief that both Musk and Tesla “vehemently relate.”

Though Epstein became “reticent” to focus on about Tesla, he became “more at ease discussing his passion in young ladies folks” and retailed this uncertain argument:

He acknowledged that criminalizing sex with teenage ladies became a cultural aberration and that at times in historical previous it became perfectly acceptable. He identified that homosexuality had long been even handed as a crime and became quiet punishable by loss of life in some parts of the world.

It became then that Stewart says Epstein started discussing how he’d noticed “prominent tech figures taking medication and arranging for sex.” Stewart concluded: “The overriding affect I took faraway from our roughly 90-minute conversation became that Mr. Epstein knew an excellent preference of rich, nicely-known and extremely efficient folks, and had photos to point out it.”

While Epstein became slightly forthcoming, there is cause to think that he became now now not telling the real fact:

I kept looking out out for to lead the conversation help to Tesla, nonetheless Mr. Epstein remained evasive. He acknowledged he’d spoken to the Saudis about possibly investing in Tesla, nonetheless he wouldn’t provide any specifics or names. After I pressed him on the purported email from Mr. Musk, he acknowledged the e-mail wasn’t from Mr. Musk himself, nonetheless from someone very end to him. He wouldn’t impart who that person became. I asked him if that person would focus on over with me, and he acknowledged he’d inquire. He later acknowledged the person declined; I doubt he asked.

After I later mirrored on our interview, I became struck by how miniature data Mr. Epstein had undoubtedly equipped. While I’m in a position to’t impart anything else he acknowledged became an explicit lie, mighty of what he acknowledged became imprecise or speculative and couldn’t be proved or disproved. 

One other Epstein attribute coursing thru Stewart’s description of the encounter: a desire to project himself as someone quiet valued among the financial and cultural elite, whether or now now not or now now not there became most up-to-date evidence to beef up that image. The week after the interview, Stewart says, Epstein known as him and asked if he would abet a dinner with him and Woody Allen; just a few weeks later, an invitation became prolonged to eat with Steve Bannon and journalist and writer Michael Wolff. Stewart did now not abet, and harbored doubts that someone on the name-dropped visitor list had both. If Epstein wished to promote the image of a man in ask, the stop became one thing else: After Stewart changed into down Epstein’s alleged quiz that Stewart write his biography, he sounded “plaintive” and attempting “companionship.”

Why reach forward with the legend of the encounter two days after Epstein’s loss of life? Stewart says that the “caveat” for his collect admission to to Epstein became that the interview be on background — the data he gleaned from their chat would be passe nonetheless now now not sourced help to Epstein. “I exploit into consideration that situation to include lapsed with his loss of life,” Stewart wrote. In the intervening time, now now not each person chanced on Stewart’s defense of his journalistic suggestions compelling:

Journalist: Epstein Talked about He Had Dirt on Rich Buddies