The guards were told to go home 3 hours early so someone could do MAINTENANCE
I repeat, the guards were told to go home early.
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THIS
> An apartment building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan has been home for years to young models, girlfriends, pilots, and lawyers associated with multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
> Almost all the apartments in the building are owned by Epstein’s brother, Mark, a real estate developer. He purchased them from the billionaire Leslie Wexner, Jeffrey Epstein’s only known client.
> Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has been repeatedly spotted by residents visiting the building.
> MC2, the modeling agency Epstein invested in, used the apartments to house overseas models. MC2’s founder, Jean-Luc Brunel, had an apartment there.
> Before his extended stay in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center began in July, the disgraced sex offender Jeffrey Epstein dwelled in some of the city’s most exclusive real estate, laying his head in a palatial Upper East Side townhouse and conducting his mysterious business out of a historic landmarked mansion on Madison Avenue.
>But it hasn’t been all private islands and 7,000-acre ranches for the half-billionaire. For decades, Epstein has run some of his operations quietly out of a squat Second Avenue residential building owned by his brother, Mark Epstein, and frequently visited by the former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
>According to property records and court filings, Jeffrey Epstein has long housed girlfriends, associates, employees, and businesses in a handful of the 150-odd units at 301 East 66th St. owned on paper by his brother’s development firm, Ossa Properties.
> The post-war white brick highrise sits atop a nail salon, a coffee shop, and an Italian restaurant along a traffic-choked stretch of Second Avenue. Topped by a green canopy, the front door opens to a doorman’s stand guarding a hallway that leads to a light-filled lobby decorated with two couches and an armchair. Though the building shares a zip code with Epstein’s townhouse, its share of the neighborhood east of Park Avenue is decidedly less upscale, catering more to families and young professionals than foreign heads of state.
>Some of Epstein’s activity at the apartment building appears to be business-related: New York state corporate registrations tie 9 East 71, an LLC named after his townhouse, and NES LLC, which actually owns the townhouse and pays his pilots’ paychecks, to the building.
>Over the years, he’s assigned units in the building to his house managers, and used two one-bedrooms to house his pilots during New York layovers. In the next-door garage, attached to 301 East 66th St. by a private entrance, he stored a Chevrolet Tahoe.
>Over the years, a number of Epstein’s friends have also called 301 East 66th St. home, including his his ex-girlfriend, the socialite Eva Andersson (who is now married to hedge fund star and Epstein confidant Glenn Dubin); and his former business partner, MC2 Models founder Jean-Luc Brunel. (According to one Page Six report, the modeling agency was named after Einstein’s famous equation, with the missing “E” standing for Epstein. “He thinks everyone is too dumb to figure it out,” the paper reported.)
> Then there were the underage models. Many of them were foreign and scouted by Brunel, according to a 2010 deposition given by a former MC2 bookkeeper named Maritza Vasquez. (Vasquez could not be reached for comment, but her sworn statement was supported by Epstein’s former house manager, Alfredo Rodriguez, whose annotations of Epstein’s address book include “Apt. for models” next to the 66th Street entry.)
> “I know that the models were staying in different apartments belonging to Jeffrey Epstein,” Vasquez said during the deposition. “There is not only one girl. There is not only one apartment. I believe there were like, two or three apartments. And they were put in between four girls per apartment.”
> Vasquez said part of her job was helping to obtain visas for the girls, and recalled fielding an angry call from Epstein after a model visa application for a 14-year-old named Nadia Marcinkova fell through. Part of the problem, Vasquez said, was that she wasn’t really a model.
> “That girl never work, she was never a model. She was living in his place but she disappear,” Vasquez said she was told by a co-worker who worked directly on the application. “She never actually even worked as a model.”
>Indeed, according to a Palm Beach Police Department report from 2006, Epstein told one of his victims that Marcinkova was a “sex slave” that he had purchased from her parents in Yugoslavia when she was a teen. According to the report, Marcinkova frequently participated in sexual acts with Epstein and his underaged victims.
> By 2007, she was 22 and working as an assistant for Epstein when she and three other women were granted immunity as potential co-conspirators in his controversial plea deal with federal prosecutors. Records show that all of the women named in that agreement, who were accused of helping to coordinate or physically participating in Epstein’s sex trafficking operation — Marcinkova, Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross, and Lesley Groff — shared something else in common: the 66th St. address.
>It’s not clear when Ross left the building, but Groff was still operating out of a tenth floor unit as Epstein’s assistant and an employee of NES, LLC in 2009, according to a deposition given that year by Epstein’s pilot, Larry Visoski. (The company, now registered in the Virgin Islands, is still active. In March, after a judge invalidated Epstein’s plea deal, someone operating as NES, LLC shipped a 193-pound tile and carpet extractor from Epstein’s private island to his Manhattan townhouse.)
> Both Kellen and Marcinkova — she later shortened her name to Marcinko — continued to live or work at 301 East 66th St. for the next decade, records show. The building is the active registration address for Marcinko’s company, Aviloop, and was listed as the delivery address for Kellen’s company, SLK Designs, up until this month. A group of young model-types photographed with Epstein in 2016 have also been linked to the building, according to public records databases.
>According to court documents and his own attorney registration files, Epstein’s lawyer, Darren Indyke, used a 10th floor unit as his primary office address for almost a decade; he also used the address to receive mail for his corporation, DKI PLLC. The company was later listed as the point of contact for Epstein’s private foundation in 2008, the same year Epstein began serving out his sentence in Palm Beach.
> One of Epstein’s units, previously linked to Marcinko and listed as a mailing address for a number of Epstein ventures, is now home to the studio of Joyce Anderson, a fashion photographer who specializes in headshots and “children/pre-teen sessions,” according to her website.
>She’s been there since 2007, when she moved her studio from 30 Vandam Street — another building owned by Mark Epstein. (The Vandam Street building, a mixed-use six-story structure in Manhattan’s Hudson Square, is also where a company called “Saint Model and Talent” was registered to Mark Epstein in 2005, business records show. According to the New York Department of State’s Division of Corporations, it is still active, although there’s no public trace that it operates.)
> Anderson and Mark Epstein made a joint donation to the New School scholarship fund in 2007, and appear to have a longstanding relationship, which is documented in Anderson’s social media posts. One photograph posted to her Facebook account in 2016 shows Anderson’s luggage from a road trip, including an athletic bag embroidered with “J. Epstein.”
>Reached by phone, Anderson declined to comment on her work as a photographer or her connection to the Epstein brothers, saying, “I have no information to offer you. Have yourself a wonderful day, thank you.”
> Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak hasn’t been photographed entering or leaving 301 East 66th St., like he was outside Epstein’s infamous townhouse in 2016, but he made an impression nonetheless. Residents say he has been periodically visiting the building for years.
>One former resident says she “often” saw Barak and his security detail in the building, with a sighting as recent as this calendar year. Another former resident, who confirmed Barak was a frequent visitor, said he once accidentally rode the elevator with Barak and two unfriendly security guards after sliding in through the doors at the last second.
>Barak’s presence in the building was often announced to residents by way of a visible security detail with Suburbans idling on the street outside, witnesses say. One source who visited the building in 2017 recalls seeing what the source described as “Mossad agents” — meaning Israeli security guards — waiting downstairs, and former residents said at least one member of the security team would typically be posted in the lobby with an earpiece when Barak was upstairs. On at least one occasion, the former resident said, NYPD officers were also stationed outside.
> Barak’s name and contact information appeared in Epstein’s “Little Black Book,” which Gawker published in 2015. His name had been circled by Rodriguez, the house manager who had stolen it and tried to sell it to lawyers representing Epstein’s victims. According to the Washington Post, Rodriguez told FBI agents that he had circled the names of “witnesses” to Epstein’s activities.
>Barak admitted to the Daily Beast last month that he had visited two of Epstein’s Manhattan residences and his private island, but denied meeting any girls there. He kept the details otherwise vague, telling the outlet that he and Epstein ultimately met “more than 10 times and much less than a hundred times, but I can’t tell you exactly how many. I don’t keep count.”
>Barak didn’t mention the state of Florida in his statement, but Alan Dershowitz testified in a 2015 deposition that Epstein maintained a suite of guest bedrooms in his Palm Beach home which were “assigned to people like Senator George Mitchell, Ehud Barak, prominent guests who would stay in his house.”
> Barak is now reportedly working to dissolve a limited partnership he formed with Epstein in 2015, saying he didn’t realize at the time of their agreement that Epstein’s crimes involved minors. A spokesperson for Barak did not respond to a request for comment.
>Federal prosecutors in New York who have lodged child sex trafficking charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein are investigating other “uncharged individuals,” a new court filing says.
>Prosecutors made that disclosure as part of a request to the judge in Epstein’s case to order all parties in the case, including Epstein and his defense team, to not publicly disclose any information turned over by prosecutors to the defense as the case heads to trial.
>So far, Epstein is the only person charged in his case.
>However, prosecutors earlier this month said that Epstein — who is a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton — worked and conspired with employees, associates and others “who facilitated his conduct by, among other things, contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with Epstein.”
>Prosecutors have said that Epstein paid $350,000 to two potential witnesses in his case days after an explosive report about him was published by The Miami Herald in late 2018.
>In their filing on Thursday night in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, prosecutors said that “certain documents and materials” that they give to Epstein’s team “would impede, if prematurely disclosed, the Government’s ongoing investigation of uncharged individuals.”
>The filing also says that disclosure of such information “would risk prejudicial pretrial publicity,” and “affect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals.”
>Prosecutors as a rule share information about evidence with a defendant’s lawyers in a process known as discovery.
>Judge Richard Berman approved the prosecution’s request, which was not opposed by Epstein’s lawyers, shortly after it was filed.
>For decades billionaire Leon Black turned to Jeffrey Epstein for financial advice, even years after the enigmatic financier was convicted of sex offenses.
>Now Black’s Apollo Global Management is trying to distance itself from Black’s dealings with Epstein, who this month was arrested on federal charges that he molested and exploited teenage girls. Epstein, who’s being held in a Manhattan jail, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
>The New York-based firm conducted an internal review into its involvement with Epstein, a registered sex offender since 2009, to ensure that any ties go no further than the firm’s co-founder, people with knowledge of the matter said.
>They looked at emails and records to determine there was no connection between the company and Epstein, one of the people said.
>Black said in a draft of a memo poised to be distributed to employees that “Apollo has never done any business with Mr. Epstein at any point in time.”
>Epstein has “provided professional services to my family partnership and related family entities, involving tax, estate planning and philanthropic advice,” Black said in the memo. He added: “I was completely unaware of, and am deeply troubled by, the conduct that is now the subject of the federal criminal charges brought against him.”
A Daily Beast investigation has uncovered ties between Epstein and the Clinton administration that date back to the president’s earliest days in the White House.
Days after Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest on sex-trafficking charges in New York, Bill Clinton distanced himself from the high-flying financier and convicted sex offender. The former president owned up to just six encounters with Epstein, starting in 2002: Four flights on the billionaire’s private jet, a single trip to his Harlem office, and one “brief visit” to his New York apartment, all with staff and security detail in tow.
Now, a Daily Beast investigation has uncovered ties between Epstein and the Clinton administration that date back to the president’s earliest days in the White House, casting doubt on the oft-circulated narrative that the two only began associating after Clinton left office.
As early as 1993, records show, Epstein donated $10,000 to the White House Historical Association and attended a donors’ reception hosted by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Around the same time, according to a source familiar with the connection, Epstein visited presidential aide Mark Middleton several times at The White House. Two years later, businesswoman Lynn Forester de Rothschild wrote a personal letter to Clinton thanking him for their talk about the financier.
“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,” Clinton’s spokesperson, Angel Ureña, told The Daily Beast. “Any suggestion to the contrary, is both factually inaccurate and irresponsible.”
Representatives for Epstein, de Rothschild and Middleton did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Dinner At The White House
How Epstein entered Clinton’s orbit remains unclear. When the president released his initial statement on Epstein, he did not explain the multiple other trips he appears to have taken on the financier’s plane—including one flight to Westchester with Epstein, his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell, and an “unnamed female.”
Clinton also failed to mention the intimate 1995 fundraising dinner at the Palm Beach home of Revlon mogul Ron Perelman, where Clinton hobnobbed with the likes of Epstein, Don Johnson, and Jimmy Buffett. (Nearby, at Epstein’s own Palm Beach mansion, the money man allegedly abused hundreds of underage girls.)
The two were clearly chummy by the early Clinton Foundation years, as attested to by a 2002 photo of Epstein and Clinton in Brunei that appeared in Vicky Ward’s 2003 profile of the financier. In a 2002 piece for New York magazine about the Africa trip, Clinton praised Epstein as a “highly successful financier and a committed philanthropist.”
Politico recently claimed that Clinton and Epstein connected in the first few years after the president left office. Citing “people who know those involved,” the article pegged Maxwell as the glue connecting the two men, and Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, as the tie between the president and the British socialite. Politico noted that Maxwell had vacationed with the Chelsea in 2009, attended her wedding in 2010, and participated in the Clinton Global Initiative as recently as 2013. (A Clinton spokesperson denied Chelsea and Ghislaine were close.)
Documents in the Clinton Library, however, attest to much earlier links between Maxwell, Epstein, and the Clinton White House.
In late September of 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton hosted a reception for supporters who had contributed to recent White House renovations. The nearly $400,000 overhaul—which included new gold draperies and a 13-color woven rug for the Oval Office—was funded entirely by donations to the White House Historical Association, a private organization that helps preserve and promote the White House as a historical monument.
The reception took place at the White House residence from 7:30 to 9:30pm, according to a copy of the president’s daily schedule. White House Social Secretary Ann Stock—who appears in Epstein’s little black book of phone numbers—was listed as the point of contact. According to multiple attendees, the evening included an intimate tour of the newly refurbished residence, followed by a receiving line with the President and First Lady. Dessert was served in the East Room, where the couple thanked everyone for attending and announced the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.
Guests for the event, according to the invitation list, included the journalist and philanthropist Barbara Goldsmith, heiress Jane Engelhard, political consultant Cynthia Friedman, and “Mr Jeffrey Epstein and Ms. Ghislaine Maxwell.” Epstein and Maxwell do not appear on the ‘regret list,’ and there is a letter ‘A’ next to both of their names, indicating they planned to attend. A press release from the event, put out by Hillary Clinton’s office, lists Epstein as a White House Historical Association donor.
Attorneys for Epstein did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
A letter from the following month reveals the extent of the financier’s generosity. Bernard R. Meyer, the executive vice president of the White House Historical Association, sent a note to Epstein’s Madison Avenue offices on Oct. 4, thanking him for his $10,000 contribution. The donation, Meyer wrote, would “assist in funding the costs of refurbishing the Oval Office in the West Wing and certain areas of the Executive Residence.”
A carbon copy of Meyer’s letter was also sent to A. Paul Prosperi—a college friend of Bill Clinton’s who visited Epstein frequently when the financier was jailed in 2008. Visitor logs show Prosperi, a Florida-based attorney, visited Epstein at least 20 times during the 13 months he spent in Palm Beach county jail for procuring an underage prostitute. Prosperi also attended the 1995 Perelman fundraiser where both Epstein and Clinton were present.
The White House refused to identify anyone associated with the Historical Association fundraising at the time, but records show Prosperi was intimately involved. The attorney is cc’d on letters to numerous donors, in which Meyer identifies him as the recipient of the contributions. Prosperi even wrote a $10,000 check to the association himself, according to a letter from Hillary Clinton’s personal counsel, Susan Thomases.
“I am forwarding the enclosed check in the amount of $10,000 to the White House Historical Association,” Thomases wrote to Meyer in 1993. “I expect to receive additional contributions and will forward them to you.”
Prosperi was convicted of fraud, filing false tax returns and forging securities to hide his multimillion-dollar swindle of a client in 1997. Clinton commuted his sentence in 2001, in one of his last acts as president. The attorney died in 2016.
White House Contacts
Epstein’s name also turns up in connection with another, shadowy figure in the Clinton administration: White House aide Mark E. Middleton. A friend of Clinton’s from Arkansas and an early addition to the president’s campaign, he joined the administration in 1993 as a special assistant to Chief of Staff Mack McClarty—another Arkansas insider—and added “Deputy to the Counselor” to his title in 1994.
Over that same time period, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Beast, Middleton met with Epstein in the White House at least three times. It is unclear what they discussed, or for how long. Middleton did not respond to repeated calls and emails for comment, or to a reporter who visited his home in Arkansas.
Middleton and Epstein also appear to have shared a famous friend in common. Donald Trump—who once called Epstein a “terrific guy”—sent Middleton a signed copy of his book, The Art of the Deal, while the lawyer was working in the White House. The inscription read, “To Mark — Best wishes. Your mom is the best.”
Hobnobbing with businessmen like Epstein and Trump was part and parcel of Middleton’s White House job, according to a 1999 report from the House Committee on Government Reform. (“In the course of his duties, Middleton was in contact with many prominent business people and contributors to the President,” the report states.) But it also got the lawyer in trouble with the administration once he left.
According to a 1996 Los Angeles Times article, Middleton maintained a telephone line at the White House for months after he departed, directing callers to the trade company where he started working afterward. (He also allegedly held on to his White House business cards.) That same year, the administration revoked Middleton’s access to the executive mansion without high-level approval, claiming he had abused his access to the White House to impress personal business clients.
Middleton eventually left the trade company to start his own international consulting business, but controversy followed him. In 1999, the House Committee on Government Reform subpoenaed him to testify in hearings about nearly half a million dollars in foreign donations to Clinton’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The attorney refused to testify, invoking his right against self-incrimination. Several other figures in the scandal were later convicted of campaign finance violations.
‘My Fifteen Seconds of Access’
Jeffrey Epstein’s name shows up again in the Clinton Library archives in a letter dated April 27, 1995, from Lynn Forester to “President William T. Clinton.” Forester—known as Lynn Forester de Rothschild after her marriage to Sir Evelyn Robert de Rothschild—served on Clinton’s National Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee and on the president’s Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. She and her husband also spent the first night of their honeymoon in the Lincoln Bedroom by invitation of the Clintons.
In the 1995 letter, Forester de Rothschild writes, “Dear Mr. President: It was a pleasure to see you recently at Senator Kennedy’s house. There was too much to discuss and too little time. Using my fifteen seconds of access to discuss Jeffrey Epstein and currency stabilization, I neglected to talk to you about a topic near and dear to my heart. Namely, affirmative action and the future.” She then goes on to note that she’s sending him a memo on the latter subject, which George Stephanopoulos had asked her to write, and signs off, “Sincerely, Lynn Forester.”
The businesswoman did not respond to a request for comment left with her office.
What exactly Forester de Rothschild discussed with Clinton about Epstein and “currency stabilization” is unknown. In its 2002 profile of Epstein, New York noted that the mysterious money man liked to talk currency trading with his brainy pals—“the euro, the real, the yen.” And in 2003, Vicky Ward reported in Vanity Fair on his self-declared “skill at playing the currency markets ‘with very large sums of money’.” Epstein was also doing business and trading currencies with Deutsche Bank until a few months ago, when the bank ended the relationship.
Alan Dershowitz, Epstein’s onetime lawyer, previously claimed Forester de Rothschild was the first to introduce him to his future client. In a recent interview with New York magazine, Dershowitz recounted that in the summer of 1996, at a party on Martha’s Vineyard for Lord Rothschild, Forester de Rothschild told him, “I have this friend, he really would like to meet you.”
The friend turned out to be Epstein, another Brooklyn guy made big. “He was feisty, he was utterly politically incorrect,” Dershowitz recalled. “He was interesting to be with.”
Dershowitz has also been accused by an alleged victim of molesting her at Epstein’s Palm Beach house and on his private island. He vehemently denies the allegations.
—With additional reporting by Michael Daly