#sextrafficking | Epstein Mansions in New York and Palm Beach for Sale for $110 Million | #tinder | #pof | #match

The palatial mansions in New York City and Florida owned by Jeffrey Epstein, where the notorious financier was accused of running an elaborate sex-trafficking scheme involving underage girls, will be listed for sale for a combined $110 million.

The homes include Mr. Epstein’s townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a seven-story, 28,000-square-foot residence near Central Park that is one of the largest single-family homes in New York. On the market for $88 million, it would be the largest recorded townhouse sale in the city’s history.

Along with his Florida home, a nine-bedroom property on the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach, Fla., the two sites are the first in Mr. Epstein’s vast real estate portfolio to be listed after he hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell nearly a year ago.

Credit…New York State Sex Offender Registry, via Associated Press

The Palm Beach property is listed for sale for nearly $22 million.

The proceeds will go to Mr. Epstein’s estate, which recently opened a compensation fund for his alleged victims. His estate is valued at more than $600 million.

A lawyer for the estate did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

The New York listing makes no mention of Mr. Epstein, whom federal prosecutors accused of luring dozens of girls, some as young as 14, to engage in sex acts during naked massages. Investigators said they found lewd photographs of girls in a safe in his Manhattan mansion when Mr. Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on federal sex trafficking charges.

Former employees of Mr. Epstein said that hundreds of people visited his Palm Beach home over the years to provide him massages. Federal prosecutors said that Mr. Epstein shuttled dozens of girls between his Upper East Side mansion and the compound in Palm Beach.

The sale of the two homes was reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The real estate firm selling the New York property, the Modlin Group, describes the site as one that “could easily present itself as a palatial consulate, embassy, foundation or a museum to once again house some of the world’s greatest works of art.”

Mr. Epstein’s properties are being listed for sale three weeks after his longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell was charged with luring multiple underage girls to him. Ms. Maxwell facilitated his sexual predation, prosecutors said, by recruiting girls to participate in sexualized massages of Mr. Epstein and also participated in some of the abuse.

Mr. Epstein was never supposed to become the owner of the opulent stone house on the Upper East Side, on East 71st Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues.

In 1989, Mr. Epstein’s mentor, Leslie H. Wexner, the founder and chairman of L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, bought the Beaux-Arts home for $13.2 million, then the highest recorded sale price for a townhouse in Manhattan.

Over the following years, Mr. Wexner granted Mr. Epstein broad authority to handle his personal fortune, allowing Mr. Epstein to amass huge wealth and ingratiate himself with the rich and powerful in New York and beyond.

In the 1990s, Mr. Epstein acquired the Manhattan mansion from Mr. Wexner and bought properties around the world, including his own island in the United States Virgin Islands and an apartment in Paris.

Before Mr. Wexner bought the townhouse, it had been a longtime private school. Mr. Wexner spent years converting it into a lavish estate but never moved in. After Mr. Epstein’s arrest last year, Mr. Wexner accused him of stealing “vast sums of money” from him.


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