Bill Clinton denies knowing about alleged sex crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein while insisting that he only flew on his plane four times.
Billionaire financier Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of sex trafficking as prosecutors accused him of luring dozens of girls as young as 14 to his luxury homes in New York and Florida and paying them for sex acts.
‘President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,’ the former president said in a statement on Monday.
‘In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation.
‘Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip.
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In this courtroom artist’s sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein (center) listens as Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller, right, addresses the court during Epstein’s arraignment on Monday
Bill Clinton is denying that he had any knowledge of Epstein’s alleged crimes
The former president released a statement on Monday saying that he flew on Epstein’s jet four times
‘He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail.
‘He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.’
In a 2002 profile on Epstein by New York magazine, a spokesperson for Clinton said of him: ‘Jeffrey is both a highly successful financier and a committed philanthropist with a keen sense of global markets and an in-depth knowledge of twenty-first-century science.
‘I especially appreciated his insights and generosity during the recent trip to Africa to work on democratization, empowering the poor, citizen service, and combating HIV/AIDS.’
In September 2002, Clinton flew with Epstein on a week-long tour through Africa that included stops in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, and Mozambique.
Actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker were reported to have also been on the trip.
An indictment unsealed in federal court in Manhattan on Monday accused Epstein, 66, of arranging for girls to perform nude ‘massages’ and other sex acts, and paying some girls to recruit others, from at least 2002 to 2005.
The image above shows Epstein’s private plane, which was reportedly set up with a bed where guests had group sex with young girls.
In 2015, the now-defunct news site Gawker reported that Clinton flew at least 11 times on Epstein’s plane between 2002 and 2003. According to the site, Clinton was accompanied on those trips by Ghislaine Maxwell (seen left with Epstein) and Epstein’s former assistant Sarah Kellen (right). Kellen has since changed her name to Sarah Vicker
‘The alleged behavior shocks the conscience, and while the charged conduct is from a number of years ago, it is still profoundly important to the many alleged victims, now young women,’ U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said at a press conference.
‘They deserve their day in court.’
Epstein was known for socializing with politicians and royalty, with friends who have included President Trump, Clinton, Prince Andrew, legal eagle Alan Dershowitz, and others.
SEX TRAFFICKING & CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT SEX TRAFFICKING
Sex Trafficking of Minors (maximum sentence of 40 years in prison)
This refers to any recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a minor for the purpose of a commercial sex act.
Offenders of this crime often target vulnerable children and gain control over them using a variety of manipulative methods.
Those offenders now have more channels to carry out these crimes with the advent of the Internet and mobile technology, and as a result are harder to apprehend in most cases.
In Epstein’s case, he was with an employee in New York who he allegedly instructed to contact a minor in Palm Beach to set up a meeting between the two.
This happened at least two times with two different employees and two different minors according to the indictment.
Conspiracy to Sex Traffic Minor (maximum sentence of five years in prison)
This refers to enticing a minor for the purpose of a commercial sex act.
In Epstein’s case, he allegedly contacted the minor victim in New York and set up a meeting at his mansion during which a commercial sex act took place.
An Epstein employee was also involved in scheduling that meeting.
None of those people was mentioned in the indictment.
The episode is likely to cause embarrassment to Prince Andrew, who was an associate of Epstein but has now severed ties.
Wearing dark blue jail scrubs, Epstein entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman to one count of sex trafficking and one count of sex trafficking conspiracy.
Epstein faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
According to the indictment, the former hedge fund manager ‘intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18, including because, in some instances, minor victims expressly told him their age.’
In 2016, it was reported that Clinton spent enough time aboard Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ airplane that he should be eligible for frequent flyer miles.
Flight logs reviewed by Fox News show that Clinton took 26 trips aboard Epstein’s Boeing 727 jet, more than double the 11 flights previously known.
Epstein’s jet was reportedly set up with a bed where guests had group sex with young girls.
One of them, Virginia Giuffre, has claimed she was lured into joining Epstein’s harem when she was just 15 years old and was then known as Virginia Roberts.
The former teen prostitute has said she was used as a ‘sex slave.’
Roberts, 35, claimed she saw Clinton in 2002 on an Epstein junket to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
But according to Fox, flight logs don’t show the former president aboard a flight headed there. St. Thomas has a landing strip long enough to accommodate the jet.
The logs do show the former president jetting to such exotic locales as Brunei, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, the Azores, Africa, Belgium, China, New York, and Belgium – all on Epstein’s plane.
Traveling with Epstein was New York socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, whom Roberts has accused of pimping her out.
Flight logs (above) show that Clinton, Alan Dershowitz, Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker, and other high profile names took trips aboard Epstein’s plane
If nothing else, Clinton brought protection.
Flight logs filed with the Federal Aviation Administration show Clinton brought as many as 10 U.S. Secret Service agents along with him on some trips.
But a journey to Asia in 2002 didn’t list any Secret Service protection. As a former president, Clinton still gets a taxpayer-funded security detail for life.
EPSTEIN’S VICTIMS BREAK THEIR SILENCE
Two of the women who accused billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of molesting them when they were minors will be in attendance for his court appearance on Monday in Manhattan.
Michelle Licata was just 16 when she claims a young woman brought her to Epstein’s Palm Beach estate and she was paid to give him a massage.
‘He said, god, you’re just so beautiful and sexy and gorgeous and it was making me feel really uncomfortable,’ said Licata in an interview with ABC News.
Courtney Wild was even younger, revealing that she was still in middle school when Epstein allegedly forced her into performing sex acts.
‘I was 14, I had braces on,’ recalled Wild.
Wild and Licata, who were among the victims in the previous criminal case brought against Epstein, 66, in Florida back in 2008, said that they will both be in court on Monday for his arraignment and bail hearing.
The cable network reported that Clinton would have been required to file an official form to leave his protective forces behind, although the Secret Service hasn’t responded to formal document requests.
In 2015, the now-defunct news site Gawker reported that Clinton flew at least 11 times on Epstein’s plane between 2002 and 2003.
According to the site, Clinton was accompanied on those trips by Maxwell and Epstein’s former assistant Sarah Kellen.
Both Maxwell and Kellen ‘have been repeatedly accused in court filings of acting as pimps for [Epstein], recruiting and grooming young girls into their network of child sex workers, and frequently participating in sex acts with them, according to Gawker.
Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008, and served just 18 months in jail for the offense despite outrage from victims advocates.
Epstein, who registered as a sex offender under a 2008 plea deal in Florida, has said in earlier court filings that his encounters with alleged victims were consensual and that he believed they were 18 when they occurred.
Epstein will remain in jail until at least July 15, when a judge has scheduled a bail hearing.
Prosecutors have said Epstein should be denied bail, arguing he poses an ‘extraordinary risk of flight’ because of his wealth, private planes and significant international ties.
TIMELINE OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S LEGAL TROUBLES
1999-2002 – Virginia Roberts [Jane Doe #3] claims to she served as a ‘sex slave’ for Jeffrey Epstein and was required to engage in sexual activity with him and a number of his high-profile friends.
March 2005 – Authorities in Florida launch a probe into Epstein after a mother calls and alleges that her daughter was molested at his Palm Beach estate.
May 2006 – A probable cause affidavit is filed by the Palm Beach Police Department after the sexual battery investigation into Epstein, Sarah Kellen and Haley Robson Sworn. It charges Epstein with four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior for unlawful sex with a minor. Five victims and seventeen witnesses were interviewed, and alleged that Epstein engaged in unlawful sexual behavior. Sworn meanwhile was accused of profiting by providing young girls to Epstein, while Kellen was tasked with keeping a black book containing the names and contact information of these minors in her capacity as Epstein’s assistant.
May 2006 – Barry Krischer, the State Attorney in Palm Beach, refers the case to a grand jury.
June 2006 – The grand jury returns an indictment of one count of solicitation of prostitution. This charge does not reflect that the individual in question was a minor. Only one girl testifies in front of the grand jury.
July 2006 – The Palm Beach Police Chief grows increasingly annoyed as he watches the lack of progress his investigation is making in the legal system, and convinces the FBI to open a federal investigation. It is dubbed Operation Leap Year and the possible crime being probed is ‘child prostitution.’
November 2006 – Operation Leap Year picks up steam as the FBI begins interviewing potential witnesses and victims from the three states were Epstein owns property – Florida, New York and New Mexico.
June 2007 -The US Attorney’s Office drafts a lengthy indictment as the federal probe of Epstein comes to an end, while at the same time Epstein begins negotiating a possible plea deal.
July 2007 – A new set of grand jury subpoenas are issued, including ones for Epstein’s computers. When police go to execute those subpoenas at Epstein’s Palm Beach home, they discover they have all been removed.
August 2007 – The US Attorney in Miami at the time, Alex Acosta, joins the Epstein negotiation talks.
September 2007 – Epstein signs a non-prosecution agreement on September 24 after rejecting multiple plea deals. His criminal charges are then deferred to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.
October 2007 – Acosta meets with Epstein’s lawyer Jay Lefkowitz to finalize the terms of the plea deal. It is agreed that the victims would not be notified, the deal would be kept under seal and all grand jury subpoenas would be canceled – including the one for Epstein’s computers, which were still at large.
January 2008 – After months of demands, Epstein and his lawyers say they will not longer accept the plea deal because he forces him to register as a sex offender.
February 2008 – A civil lawsuit is filed against Epstein by an anonymous woman, stating that as a 16-year-old minor she was recruited to give Epstein a paid massage. She demands $50 million, claiming that she was then force to perform sex acts on Epstein.
March 2008 – A federal grand jury presentation is planned following the FBI probe. Lawyers for Epstein begin harassing victims with phone calls and one of his investigators is accused of trying to run a victim’s father off the road.
March 2008 – A second woman files a civil action against Epstein.
May 2008 – It is announced that with no plea deal in case, the federal case against Epstein can proceed.
June 2008 – On June 30, Epstein pleads guilty to one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of solicitation of prostitution with a minor under the age of 18. Both are state charges and he is sentenced to 18 months in jail. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
July 2008 – Epstein’s victims learn of the plea deal, but it will be another 10 years before they are informed of all the details, including the fact that victim was 16 in the charge to which Epstein entered a guilty plea and not 14 like the women were led to believe. This allowed Epstein to avoid registering as a sex offender in multiple states like New Mexico, where he has a ranch. An emergency petition is filed udner the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which mandates that victims be informed about plea agreements and the right to appear at sentencing. It is ignored.
August 2008 – Epstein’s agreement cannot be unsealed for the victims to see it is ruled in court, with federal prosecutors fighting to keep the records hidden from the public.
October 2008 – Epstein begins work release from the county stockad, where six days a week an he is transported to an office where he is able to work and entertain visitors. He returns to the stockade in the evening.
December 2008 – A judge grants Epstein’s request to travel to New York for a day and then an extended stay. He says it is for a court case, but after an initial filing there is no follow-up in the case.
22 July 22, 2009 – Epstein is released from prison.