PAEDOPHILE Jeffrey Esptein bragged about flying to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin and discuss his finances, it has been claimed.
American journalist Edward Jay Epstein – who met the controversial mogul back in the eighties – made the claims in an investigation for The Mail on Sunday.
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In the Sunday paper, the journalist said he first met Jeffrey Epstein at a Halloween party in 1987 and that he was “charming” – but didn’t appear to have the Wall Street star quality.
The pair had an on-off relationship, including a 23-year silent treatment on the financier's part.
But when the men reunited, Jeffrey Epstein bragged about his super-rich clients and talked of hopping on private jets to visit Vladimir Putin on mysterious trips to Russia, it is claimed.
The journalist adds Jeffrey Epstein also boasted he was a "financial bouncy hunter hired to track down hidden money from notorious offshore havens" but Mr Epstein actually suspected he was involved.
And after the sex-offender was found dead in jail in 2019, the head of his £467 million hedge-fund hinted his bank balance was just the “tip of the iceberg”.
Mr Epstein reveals how, despite his incongruous wealth, Jeffrey Epstein’s financier had never actually seen him seal a single business deal.
He writes in the Mail: “Everything about Epstein was a con. I never thought: ‘Here’s an honest guy.’”
Mr Epstein explains how the financier tried to fob him off with a fake first-class plane ticket – which was immediately sniffed out at the check-in desk.
He also wondered whether Jeffrey Epstein was implicated in the “shady business” of hiding money in offshore tax havens.
He continued: “I was becoming increasingly wary that Epstein was a scam artist and I described the barely legal form of insider trading in which he was clearly involved [in my column]. Epstein was livid and broke off all contact.”
After the pair stopped talking, Mr Epstein remained enthralled by Jeffrey Epstein’s bizarrely glamorous lifestyle, rubbing shoulders with royalty, the super-rich and a seemingly endless stream of “the most beautiful women I had ever seen in my life.”
The journalist claims Jeffrey Epstein got back in touch with him after a frosty 24-year silence, to discuss the book Lolita – a controversial novel which sees an adult man become sexually obsessed with a 12-year-old girl.
Mr Epstein had known the book’s author, and agreed to meet – but says he really went to find out how he made his millions.
He claims when they met, the walls were adorned with photos of him with Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Emirate Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, who the financier suggested were clients.
Mr Epstein writes he then asked: “‘What about Russia? Any clients there?’”
He claims the sex-offender then ”shrugged and said he often flew to Moscow to see Vladimir Putin.”
Mr Epstein continues: “I found this hard to swallow. It was implausible that such powerful world leaders would trust the management of their personal funds to a convicted sex offender.”
At this point, the financier had already served a 13-month sentence after pleading guilty to soliciting underrage girls in Florida.
But, Mr Epstein concludes: “It cannot be excluded that Epstein was actually telling the truth when he had said rich and powerful people found reason to consign funds to him.”
He adds: “Perhaps the mystery of Epstein’s fortune is not how he made his millions, but to whom the money ultimately belongs.”
It’s widely believed the only person who can answer any of the hundreds of mysteries surrounding Epstein is his one-time girlfriend and accused conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell.
The socialite and daughter of publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell was arrested at the beginning of this month and faces charges of perjury and child-sex trafficking.
She faces 35 years in prison if convicted, and rigorously denies any wrongdoing, pleading not-guilty.
A wealth of separate theories about the millionaire and his socialite friend have cropped up in the wake of the sickening allegations, including once possible theory Epstein “bank-rolled” Maxwell’s dad.
The theories form part of a wider set of shocking allegations against both, which paint Maxwell as a “madam” who entrapped young women and girls with promises of employment and lavish getaways, before presenting them to Epstein for abuse.
In a recent bombshell interview, accuser Maria Farmer said Maxwell was “much more sinister than Epstein, and to me, much more dangerous
"She was definitely the mastermind. She was in charge."
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