On Sunday, the group of cyber activists known as Anonymous responded to the death of George Floyd by declaring that if the US government was not willing to deliver justice in the case, they would begin to disclose some of the uncomfortable secrets the country has been hiding. This included revealing alleged links between a host of famous figures and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Under the title “Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book”, the cyber activists published a list of names that included supermodel Naomi Campbell, musician Mick Jagger and actor Will Smith. It must be noted, however, that this is not the first time a “Little Black Book” purportedly of Epstein’s contacts has been leaked.
Who was Jeffrey Epstein?
Jeffrey Epstein was an American financier who was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in New York in August 2019, as he awaited trial over sex-trafficking charges. Epstein was accused of paying dozens of girls under the age of 18 to perform sex acts at his New York and Florida homes between 2002 and 2005, and faced 45 years in prison.
The 66-year-old had already served 13 months of an 18-month jail sentence in Florida a decade previously, after pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution from underage girls in 2008.
Epstein’s death last year was ruled as suicide by hanging by the New York City chief medical examiner, but a pathologist hired by his brother, Mark Epstein, later contended that his injuries pointed to strangulation rather than suicide.
Donald Trump, Prince Andrew…
Epstein was known to socialise with the likes of Prince Andrew, former US President Bill Clinton and current US President Donald Trump. Trump described Epstein as a “terrific guy” in an article in New York Magazine in 2002, but has since maintained that the pair fell out and that he was “not a fan”.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who at the time was 17, has alleged that she was coerced into having sex with Prince Andrew in 2001 by Epstein and the socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the media mogul Robert Maxwell. Giuffre says Epstein paid her $15,000 to have sex with the prince, who denies the claims and says he has “no recollection” of meeting his accuser.
In 2016, meanwhile, a woman accused Trump of raping her at parties held by Epstein when she was just 13, before later dropping a lawsuit against him.
Netflix documentary on Epstein abuse
In May, streaming service Netflix released the documentary ‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’, a four-part series that speaks to survivors of his crimes as it examines how he “used his wealth and power to carry out his abuses”.
Survivors’ stories reveal how Jeffrey Epstein used his power, wealth and influential connections to carry how his abuses. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is now on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/qDfx2P0N40
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) May 27, 2020
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