Woody Allen pals around with child-sex creep
This “New York Story” may not be fit for children.
Schlubby director Woody Allen was seen palling around Manhattan with billionaire convicted child-sex creep Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein put his arm around the cradle-robbing director-actor and quietly talked as the pair strolled on the Upper East Side Sunday with Allen’s 35-years-younger wife, Soon-Yi, in tow.
“[Epstein] was hugging him and talking close to his ear . . . [He] had his arm on Woody’s shoulder,’’ a spy told The Post.
“They appeared to have been walking together’’ along Madison Avenue beforehand, and the three then started “talking and laughing’’ as they neared Epstein’s East 71st Street town house, the source said.
Allen, 77, and his 42-year-old wife — the adopted daughter of ex-love Mia Farrow — live on East 70th Street.
They all went into Epstein’s building after the walk, the source said.
Epstein’s conviction hasn’t apparently put a damper on his high-flying lifestyle: State records show the convicted sex offender lists his addresses as St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Paris, Palm Beach in Florida and on New York’s Upper East Side.
Among his current vehicles, records show Epstein counts a pair of Cadillac Escalades and a Bentley Arnage in New York, another Escalade and a Mercedes-Benz in Florida, and another Escalade in the Virgin Islands.
A rep for Allen did not respond to a phone call or e-mail seeking comment about the trio’s afternoon out, and no one answered 60-year-old Epstein’s door when a Post reporter knocked Monday afternoon.
It’s not the first time that Epstein and Allen have been seen together.
Allen was a guest at a celeb-packed party Epstein threw at the town house for his old pal, Britain’s Prince Andrew, in December 2010.
Allen was said to have asked the prince about his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, and Andrew replied, “She’s very well — we live together.”
Epstein, a former hedge-fund big, did time in 2008 under a deal in which he confessed to two counts of soliciting a minor for prostitution and soliciting prostitution.
His victim was identified in court papers as a 14-year-old girl identified only as “Jane Doe.”
Epstein was accused of paying the youngster — one of a string of girls who allegedly visited him — $200 for a massage at his Palm Beach retreat in 2005.
And Farrow once accused Allen of molesting their then 7-year-old adopted daughter, but the allegations were never proven.
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein: I’m a sex offender, not a predator
Billionaire pervert Jeffrey Epstein is back in New York City — and making wisecracks about his just-ended jail stint for having sex with an underage girl.
“I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender,’ ” the financier told The Post yesterday.
“It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel,” said Epstein.
Epstein’s flippant reasoning aside, a New York judge ruled at a hearing last month that the moneyman is the most dangerous kind of sex offender: a Level 3.
That means, according to the state, Epstein is at “high risk” to repeat his offense and poses “a threat to public safety.”
But Epstein doesn’t seem bothered by the designation.
“The crime that was supposedly committed in Florida is not a crime in New York,” he said.
JEFFREY EPSTEIN PLEADS GUILTY TO PROSTITUTION CHARGES
Investment banker, science patron, self-made billionaire, philanthropist and former math teacher Jeffrey Epstein can add a new title to his impressive resume – convicted sex offender.
The Manhattan moneyman appeared in a Florida courthouse today where he pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage prostitute, and immediately began serving an 18-month jail term, which will be followed by one year of “community confinement,” which is essentially house arrest.
As a result of the plea deal, Epstein, 55, will be placed on the national sex offender registry.
“They will be tracking you for the rest of your life,” Circuit Judge Deborah Dale Pucillo said.
For the period of his home confinement, Epstein “cannot view or possess” any pornography “relevant to his deviant behavior patterns,” Pucillo said, before deciding to bar him from looking at any porn at all.
Epstein, dressed in south Florida formal wear – jeans, white sneakers, a button down shirt and blue blazer – refused to talk to reporters on his way into the courthouse, and made no statement in court.
His spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, said, “Mr. Epstein accepted responsibility for the charges relating to conduct that occurred several years ago” and “fully resolved his case.”
Under the terms of the plea deal, Epstein will have to undergo an HIV test by Wednesday, with the results being handed over to his victim, identified in court papers as “Jane Doe.”
Doe was a 14-year-old high school student when Epstein paid her $200 for a massage at his Palm Beach mansion in early 2005. In court papers, she said he used a vibrator on her while he masturbated.
The guilty plea came after protracted negotiations and a lengthy investigation by Palm Beach police, who were investigating the virtual conga line of young women that Epstein had going in and out of his 13,000 square fooBt mansion.
Epstein, who’s rubbed elbows with the likes of Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Donald Trump over the years, could have faced up to five years in prison if convicted at trial.
The judge was critical of two of the deal’s conditions, indicating she thought he was getting special treatment by being allowed private counseling for his sex offender treatment and to serve his time in county jail instead of state prison.
“You feel his fancy-pantsy private psychiatrist is a adequate in lieu of a sex offender treatment program?,” she asked prosecutor Lanna Belohlavek.
“Yes, your Honor,” Belohlavek said.
As for sending him to jail, Pucillo said, “There’s significant budget cuts in the county already, and sending him to the county jail and not the Dept. of Corrections is a significant cost to the taxpayer and the county – are you sure that’s what you want to do?”
Both Belohlavek and Epstein lawyer Jeffrey Goldenberg said yes, and the judge rolled her eyes as she granted the request.
Pucillo barred Epstein or anyone on his behalf from trying to reach out to the victim, and ordered that he stay away from schools and playgrounds after his release. He’ll also have to submit to warrantless searches of his home, car, body and computer.
On his way into court, Epstein was served with a copy of a big-buck lawsuit by Doe, who’s since moved to another state.
The sex assault suit was filed months ago, but Epstein “had been evading service,” said Doe’s lawyer, Theodore Leopold.
He said his client “respects what the prosecutor’s office has done,” and is “doing the best she can under the circumstances.”
Epstein’s legal team had tried to paint the girl as an untrustworthy and troubled scam artist from a troubled family, but “doesn’t today sort of say it all?” Leopold said. “He’s going to be deemed a sex offender and pedophile for the rest of his life, and that speaks volumes about what really happened here.”
While the plea deal brought an end to a federal investigation into Epstein, he’s still facing a string of civil suits from Doe and other young women who claim he took advantage of what they thought would innocent massages.
Jeffrey Herman, who’s representing two other alleged victims, said, “The guilty plea is a very positive development for the civil cases,” and “is some measure of justice for these girls.”
Epstein maintains he thought all the girls who were brought over to his house were 18 or over, and that they knew the massages would be “erotic.”
A newly released inmate from the Stockade – the jail where Epstein will live for the next 18 months – said he’s very lucky not to be going to state prison.
“He’s probably better off here,” the man said. “If there’s someone who did something with kids or any sex crimes, they get f–ed up there. He probably would get killed over there for messing with a little girl.”
Rub-loving Jeffrey Epstein to Dubai
Disgraced massage maven Jeffrey Epstein will be a free man next week when his year-long probation ends. The billionaire, who’s been under house arrest since last July, will no longer need permission to travel. A source said Epstein — a registered sex offender because he pleaded guilty to soliciting teenage masseuses for sex — plans to move to Dubai now that all the civil suits brought against him by his young rubdown victims have been settled. But Epstein still isn’t finished with courtrooms. The former Dalton math teacher is still suing jailed Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein, who told his Ponzi scheme victims he was in line to collect $200 million in settlements from Epstein — even though he didn’t represent any of the women. The Palm Beach Post reports Epstein has also been consulting lawyers in New York about suing D.B. Zwirn, whose hedge fund collapse in 2006 cost Epstein many millions.
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Prince Andrew tours Manhattan with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
Meet Manhattan’s raunchy new odd couple — the prince and the pervert.
Prince Andrew, the United Kingdom’s special representative for international trade and investment, and convicted child-sex creep Jeffrey Epstein stroll through Central Park in December — shortly after the hooker-loving hedge-fund honcho moved back to his $50 million Upper East Side town house from his Palm Beach, Fla., mansion.
But this was no official business chat between the longtime pals.
Following their sedate park stroll and walk around the East Side, the pair got down to the business they both apparently prefer — partying.
Epstein served an 18-month sentence in 2008 in Florida under a plea deal in which he confessed to two counts of soliciting a minor for prostitution and soliciting prostitution.
He spent part of it in a vacant wing of a Palm Beach jail, and the rest under house arrest.
His victim was identified in court papers as a 14-year-old girl identified only as “Jane Doe.”
Epstein, a Level Three sex offender, paid the youngster — one of a string of girls who allegedly visited him — $200 for a massage at his Palm Beach retreat in 2005.
She said he used a vibrator on her while he masturbated, according to the court papers.
During his New York visit, Randy Andy, 51, chilled for four days at Epstein’s East 71st Street pad, where the 58-year-old businessman reportedly threw his own welcome-home bash for stuffed-shirt glitterati, including Katie Couric, Charlie Rose and George Stephanopoulos.
At the party, Page Six reported, the jet-setting prince — dubbed back home as “His Buffoon Highness” — jokingly compared himself to Prince Harry.
“Like Harry, I’m just the younger brother,” the paper quoted Andrew, brother of Prince Charles, as saying.
And when asked by Woody Allen about his ex-wife, Fergie, the prince replied, “She’s very well — we live together.”
A team of Royal Protection officers and private security arranged by billionaire Epstein was on hand for Andrew’s whole stay, Britain’s News of the World reported.
Neighbors told the paper they witnessed a parade of stunning beauties come calling at Epstein’s door during the prince’s stay, the tabloid reported.
And once, Andrew was even spotted kissing a glammy brunette on the doorstep.
The aging horndogs share a long history.
They were introduced around 2000 by a mutual friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell.
Jeffrey Epstein may face child trafficking probe
The Feds may not be quite done with Jeffrey Epstein. Having just completed 13 months in a Florida jail for soliciting prostitution from a minor, he now might be under investigation for other possible crimes, including whether there’s any evidence of child trafficking, reports The Daily Beast. Epstein has settled several lawsuits by teens who say they were lured to his Palm Beach mansion for massages or sex. The US attorney general in Florida wouldn’t comment. Epstein’s lawyer, Jack Goldberger, says he knew nothing of any probe and, “There are not and should not be any pending criminal investigations.”
Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson sorry for letting Jeffrey Epstein pay her debt
LONDON — Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson apologized Monday for letting pedophile billionaire businessman Jeffrey Epstein pay back some of her debt.
Ferguson said it was a “gigantic error of judgment” to accept help from Epstein, as the pressure on her ex-husband Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, mounted after his links with the US financier became public.
BILL CLINTON KNEW ABOUT EPSTEIN’S MASSEUSE
EPSTEIN BEING INVESTIGATED AGAIN FOR UNDERAGE SEX SOLICITATION
The duke’s future as a UK trade envoy was in doubt following reports that he met with Epstein in New York in 2010 and had known him since the early 1990s.
Epstein, 58, was accused of sex offenses by a number of underage girls and sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
Ferguson, popularly known as “Fergie,” admitted that Epstein paid £15,000 ($24,000) toward the £78,000 she owed to her former personal assistant, Johnny O’Sullivan.
“I personally, on behalf of myself, deeply regret that Jeffrey Epstein became involved in any way with me,” she said in an interview with London’s Evening Standard newspaper. “I abhor pedophilia and any sexual abuse of children and know that this was a gigantic error of judgment on my behalf. I am just so contrite I cannot say. Whenever I can, I will repay the money and will have nothing ever to do with Jeffrey Epstein ever again.”
Ferguson’s apology came after British prime minister David Cameron expressed “full confidence” in the prince’s role as trade envoy, despite Business Secretary Vince Cable saying in an earlier interview Monday that the government would have “conversations” with him about his future.
“We are not reviewing that role in any way. The government’s position is very clear: that we support him in his role as trade envoy. He has made a very important contribution to UK trade through the role and continues to do so. We think he makes a valuable contribution and so does British business,” a spokesman for Cameron said.
Epstein personally offered to pay off some of Ferguson’s debt, but he did not speak with her directly, instead dealing with the duke’s office to arrange the payment.
“This is the first time ever in my life, and I mean ever, that I have been debt-free. It allows me to go forward to do what I do — being a good mother, a philanthropist for children and also an author of children’s books,” Ferguson said.
It is not the first time Ferguson has had to apologize for her financial dealings. She was caught in a News of the World sting last May promising an undercover reporter that she would arrange access to the duke in exchange for £500,000.
But she was able to pay back her estimated $7 million in debt after doing a reality series, “Finding Sarah,” for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network. Ferguson made an emotional appearance on Oprah following the embarrassing sting that led to the series.
Meanwhile, the prince, despite vocal calls Monday for him to step down, was standing firm, according to Sky News sources.
“The Duke of York remains committed to his role as Britain’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment. He recognizes his meeting with Jeffrey Epstein last year was unwise, and it’s understood that government supports him in his role,” the sources said.
Some of Prince Andrew’s other personal and business relations also came under scrutiny in recent days. The opposition Labour Party’s justice spokesman, Chris Bryant, urged Cameron to review the duke’s position as trade ambassador after claiming he was “a very close friend” of Saif al Islam Ghadafi, son of Libyan leader Moamar Ghadafi. He was also coming under pressure for giving hospitality at Buckingham Palace to Sakher el Materi, the son-in-law of Tunisia’s deposed president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
The disclosures threaten to cause embarrassment for the British royal family just weeks before the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, in which Andrew, as the groom’s uncle, will be expected to take a prominent role.
Prince Andrew stepping down as UK trade envoy amid criticism of friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and allegations of bribery
LONDON — Prince Andrew was preparing to step down from his role as trade envoy for the UK amid growing criticism of his friendship with a US sex offender and allegations of bribery, Sky News reported Thursday.
Sources told Sky that the Duke of York was planning to quit the role and Buckingham Palace would confirm the news later.
The Duke of York faced increased pressure to resign from the role after his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, the US billionaire who was convicted of sleeping with underage girls in 2008, was revealed earlier this year.
In March, the duke’s ex-wife, the Duchess of York, was moved to apologize for a “gigantic error of judgment” in accepting money from Epstein after the duke discussed her financial plight with him.
The duke also faced controversy after it emerged former Soviet republic Kazakhstan believed he would help the country to recruit British investors.
Kazakhstan, whose president’s son-in-law had previously bought the duke’s former marital home for £3 million (US$4.8 million) above the asking price, hoped that the duke would persuade London investors that the country was a sound place to do business.
It was also reported that the duke’s daughter Princess Beatrice was given a £20,000 ($32,000) diamond necklace in 2009 by Tarek Kaituni, a Libyan lobbyist with links to Moamar Ghadafi, months before the duke allegedly lobbied a British company on his behalf.
Epstein owes $2M
Massage-loving bil lionaire Jeffrey Epstein owes $2 million to the law yers who represented 16 of his victims and has vio lated a deal with US prose cutors, according to a com plaint filed in Miami federal court on Monday. In 2007, Epstein agreed to plead guilty at the state level, reducing his poten tial jail time significantly, with various conditions — including paying victims’ legal fees. Any violation of the terms “allows the United States to elect to terminate the agreement and to investigate and prosecute Epstein . . . for any and all federal off enses.” Peter Prieto of Podhurst Orseck said his law firm represented 16 victims in the case. Epstein so far paid just $500,000 to cover their costs. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail for soliciting prosti tutes, but was released six months early. His lawyers did not return our e-mails or phone calls.
EPSTEIN SEX SUIT DROPPED
Brooklyn-born billionaire Jeffrey Epstein can forget about a $50 million sex-abuse lawsuit against him – for now.
Lawyers for “Jane Doe” – the Florida teen who says Epstein sexually abused her during a massage – and her father have withdrawn their $50 million federal lawsuit against the moneyman because of a family feud.
The teen’s dad had filed the suit last month but got tripped up when she said he had filed the suit without her consent.
In court papers, she blasted her father as “a convicted felon” with a “zest to control potentially valuable litigation” who threw her and her twin sister out of his house this past Thanksgiving. The teen’s lawyers say she still plans to sue Epstein but wants to file the action herself after she turns 18 in the spring.
Epstein is charged with soliciting an underage prostitute and is expected to plead guilty next month in return for an 18-month prison sentence.
HOTSHOT EPSTEIN NOT SO HOT: VF
Jeffrey Epstein – a self-proclaimed billionaire who hobnobs with moguls and pledged $25 million to Harvard – is actually a small potatoes ex-bounty hunter with a questionable financial background, says a report.
Epstein, a 50-year-old Ralph Lauren lookalike who claims to manage a billionaires-only fund, has made headlines for his high-society lifestyle; among his attention-grabbing moves was flying President Clinton and Kevin Spacey to Africa on a private jet.
But a report in the March issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands this week, unmasks Epstein’s mystery image.
Epstein wasn’t exactly the top gun at Bear Stearns, as he claims – and left the firm amid a swirl of rumors and an SEC violation, the article said.
His mentor in high finance was Steve Hoffenberg, the bill collector turned hustler now serving 20 years in prison for running the nation’s costliest Ponzi scheme, the report says.
The article says that when Epstein worked for Hoffenberg, he cooked up some of Hoffenberg’s questionable financing deals – a claim Epstein has denied.
Epstein has also been involved in numerous lawsuits, including one in which Citibank is suing him for defaulting on $20 million in loans from its private banking arm.
Epstein and his lawyer, Jeffrey Schantz, couldn’t be reached for comment on the article.
The article said that Epstein keeps all his deals and clients secret, except for one – retail magnate Leslie Wexner, who calls Epstein “smart . . . [with] high standards . . . and a loyal friend.”
BID TO BURN EPSTEIN PLEA
THREE young women suing billionaire Jeffrey Epstein for sex abuse at his Palm Beach mansion want a federal judge to quash the plea deal he made with the state of Florida to serve 18 months in jail in exchange for admitting he solicited a 14-year-old hooker. Their lawyer, Brad Edwards, has asked US District Judge Kenneth Marra to toss the deal – which included an agreement that Epstein’s wouldn’t face federal prosecution, which could have led to a longer jail term – because they weren’t consulted on it. Marra has asked for more information before he rules. Epstein’s rep, Howard Ruben stein, said, “The lawsuit has absolutely no merit. They’re just looking for money. These women have lied repeatedly, and in no way shape or form were they victims. They were at his place freely and voluntarily. And one of them showed Epstein a fake ID.”
JEFF EPSTEIN SUED FOR ‘REPEATED SEXUAL ASSAULTS’ ON TEEN
The big-time Manhattan moneyman who’s agreed to plead guilty for soliciting underage prostitutes at his Florida estate is being sued for repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenaged girl in his Manhattan mansion, telling her “You have a tight butt like a baby.”
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Maximilia Cordero said she was only 16 when she was introduced to — and seduced by — Jeffrey Epstein, 54.
Cordero, now 22, said she was introduced to Epstein back in 2000 by an acquaintance in her 40s named Sherrie, who told her she had a “super wealthy” who could help her “develop a modeling career,” the suit says.
Cordero went to go meet Epstein at his grand 51,000 square foot mansion on E. 71 Street, where he greeted her in his bathrobe, the suit says. He gave her a tour of his home, showing her his statue of a dog with a statue of dog feces next to it, and then “lured” her into his “massage room.”
Epstein allegedly told her he was the money for Victoria’s Secret and could get her into the lingerie chain’s famed catalogue if she was “nice to him.”
“I am 16 years old and just want to model,” the suit quotes her as saying. Epstein then took off his robe and started pushing her head toward his groin, saying, “If you want me to help you then you have to help me,” the suit says.
MODEL SHOP DENIES EPSTEIN TIE
THE owners of MC2 models are denying industry speculation that massage maven Jeffrey Epstein is a secret financial backer of the agency being run by scandal-scarred Jean-Luc Brunel, who was once accused of taking advantage of underage models.
Epstein, who this week agreed to plead guilty to soliciting underage prostitutes at his Florida mansion in a deal that will send him to prison for about 18 months, reportedly gave “millions” to start MC2, which opened in October 2005 with offices in New York, Miami and Tel Aviv. One of the girls Epstein, 54, was accused of soliciting massages from was described in court documents as being just 14.
“E equals MC squared . . . get it, like the equation? E equals Epstein. He just thinks everyone is too dumb to figure it out,” said a model industry insider. “He’s a desperate old man that fantasizes and takes advantage of young girls.”
The trouble doesn’t stop there.
Karins Models founder Brunel, who’s currently a partner in MC2, denied allegations in a 1997 “60 Minutes” segment that he took advantage of young models who were high on drugs. Brunel also reportedly left his Trump Tower digs in 1999 after complaints of night carousing, which he also denied.
Disgraced former Elite models exec Gerald Marie is also involved with MC2, says our source.
Marie was accused of having sex with underage models in a 1999 BBC documentary where he was filmed saying he hoped to seduce contestants in a modeling contest in which the average age of participants was 15. He also dated Linda Evangelista when she was a teen.
“He’s also involved in the agency,” said the source. “Gerald and Jean-Luc like the same things. They hang out because they have young girls in common, like two guys who enjoy the same wine.”
MC2 president Jeffrey Fuller confirmed Brunel was a partner in the company, but denied any working relationship with either Epstein or Marie.
“We have no relationship business-wise with Gerald Marie. Jeffrey Epstein has no ownership or involvement in our company and never has. Jean-Luc Brunel and I are the only two partners and owners of MC2 Model Management,” Fuller said.
Epstein’s rep said he was not involved in the agency. “He has no business relationship with them,” said Howard Rubenstein.
EPSTEIN EYES SEX-RAP RELIEF
LAWYERS for Jeffrey Epstein – the billionaire Manhattan investment manager who’s agreed to plead guilty to soliciting underage prostitutes at his Palm Beach mansion in exchange for just 18 months in the slammer – are mulling asking federal prosecutors to drop their demand that he register as a sex offender. In a letter drafted, but not sent, to U.S. Attorney Alexander Costa and obtained by Page Six, Epstein’s lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, writes, “Doing so will have a profound impact [on Epstein] both immediately and forever after. Not only will he be restricted to a wholly inappropriate penal facility, but he will be required for the rest of his life to account for his whereabouts.” Epstein, a former business partner of Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman, pleaded guilty to a state charge in exchange for the feds’ dropping their probe into possible federal criminal violations. Lefcourt argues that only the feds have demanded that Epstein register, “despite the fact that the state was of the view that Mr. Epstein’s conduct did not warrant registration.” A rep for Epstein had no comment.
Babes suing Epstein feel heat
Jeffrey Epstein — the billionaire who spent a year in prison for soliciting teenage girls for prostitution — is playing hardball with 14 women who are suing him for alleged sexual misconduct, including one who claims to have been turned into a sex slave.
Epstein has already settled with four other “Jane Does” — each of whom claimed she was persuaded to perform topless massages and various sex acts at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion in exchange for fees of $200 and up.
Lawyer Spencer Kuvin, who repped the first woman who settled in May, said he can understand why the masseuses want to avoid trial. Epstein’s investigators have interviewed boyfriends, relatives, friends and employers to dig up dirt on his accusers.
“My client Jane Doe was beat up [emotionally] so badly . . . to be honest, she didn’t want anything to do with it anymore,” Kuvin told the Palm Beach Post. “She just wanted it over. The girls who are settling are fearful of him.”
Earlier this month, a judge admonished Epstein’s lawyers after reviewing a 446-page transcript of an eight-hour deposition. Magistrate Linnea Johnson found the lawyers “had badgered the woman by repeatedly quizzing her about having three abortions” and “the type of sex she engages in,” the Palm Beach paper said.
But Bradley Edwards, the lawyer for three of the young women, isn’t pulling punches, either. Edwards recently questioned Epstein’s pilot, Larry Visocki, about passengers who may have witnessed Epstein and the women on his private jet — including Bill Clinton, Ron Burkle, Britain’s Prince Andrew and White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers. Edwards could subpoena all of them to testify.
Visocki recently offered for sale a 2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello that Epstein once owned for $159,000. But Epstein — who, as a sex offender, is required to list all the vehicles he owns — still has 21 cars, three motorcycles and a luxury motor home.
Jeffrey Epstein’s Level 3 sex offender status upheld by NY appeals court
Multimillionaire perv Jeffrey Epstein may not consider his Florida conviction for soliciting a minor a big deal, but New York does.
A state appeals court yesterday upheld the financier’s status as a Level 3 sex offender — meaning he’s considered “a threat to public safety” and a “high risk” to offend again.
Epstein, 58, did 13 months in a Florida jail for soliciting a minor to perform a sex act on him during a “massage.”
Although he was never indicted or convicted for hiring any other underage girls, the state Appellate Division found there was “clear and convincing evidence” he had indeed done so, making the Level 3 designation appropriate.
IT’s hard to feel sorry for Jeffrey Epstein the billionaire in jail in Florida for soliciting teenage girls in Palm Beach for sex while they gave him massages. These women willingly performed for Epstein and accepted his cash. But now some of them – filing as Jane Doe because they claim to be sex victims – are suing, alleging they were underage. A spokesman for Epstein told Page Six: “The women are trying to climb on the gravy train knowing he’s wealthy. Epstein denies their charges.”
Despite his legal troubles in America, Jeffrey Epstein (pictured) remains a red, white and blue patriot. The billionaire, who was prosecuted in Florida for soliciting sex from teenage masseuses, owns private Little St. James Island in the US Virgin Islands, which Epstein jokingly calls St. Jeff’s. A source who recently sailed by reports: “He’s doing a ton of construction of buildings. There are American flags proudly waving on flagpoles on various spots on the island, even though the government in Florida put him in jail.”
EPSTEIN’S TROPIC ISLE OF BABES
THE sordid sex scandals surrounding Jeffrey Epstein are making waves in the Caribbean, where the billionaire owns a private 900-acre getaway and has deep financial ties to the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Epstein – soon to cop a plea to soliciting sex from teen hookers at his Palm Beach estate – is being sued by a drug-addicted, transgender model who claims he/she was pressured into having sex with Epstein at the age of 16.
Sources say the former math teacher, who owns the lush, tropical island of Little St. James, off the coast of St. Thomas, regularly ferried boatloads of young women there.
Sources also say Epstein enjoys a warm relationship with USVI Gov. John P. deJongh Jr. “Epstein has donated as much as $1 million to the governor’s election campaign,” said our source. In addition, Epstein, who runs the charitable J. Epstein Virgin Islands Foundation, employs deJongh’s wife, Cecile, as its director. He also pays for the education of the governor’s children at the exclusive Antilles School on St. Thomas.
“There is concern that the deJonghs will now be associated with a sexual predator,” our insider said.
Epstein’s spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, told Page Six that Cecile DeJongh has worked for the foundation for nine years, making less than $125,000 annually. “There’s no one better to know the needs of charities on the island than this woman,” he told us, adding that all of Epstein’s employees, not just the deJonghs, are given free tuition for their kids.
Rubenstein said deJongh has never been to Epstein’s island, although he wouldn’t comment on whether Epstein has imported platoons of young babes.
“Jeffrey is proud of what he gives to charity. He’s really pleased to be able to able to help people on the island with his foundation,” Rubenstein said.
DeJongh’s flack didn’t return our call, but the governor has told the St. John Tradewinds newspaper about his wife’s position: “It’s just a job; that’s all. I think it’s highly appropriate she continue there.”
GLAD TO SEE YOU
JEFFREY Epstein is getting some sympathetic visitors in the Palm Beach County lock-up where the billionaire is serving 18 months for soliciting teen masseuses for sex. The Palm Beach Post, which perused the visitors’ log at the 967-bed prison, reports Epstein has been visited three times by Sarah Kellen, 29, the assistant who used to find willing young women and bring them to Epstein’s mansion. Nadia Marcinkova, 23 – whom Epstein allegedly described as his “Yugoslavian sex slave” – visited four times.
JEFFREY Epstein – who’s facing jail time for soliciting prostitutes, some of whom were under the age of 18 – isn’t feeling the love stateside, so he’s skipped the country (temporarily, we’re assured) to feel the love in Israel. A rep said Epstein, who was spotted at the Tel Aviv Hilton over the weekend, “is in Israel for Passover. He’s meeting with Israeli scientists about medical research he’s funding and taking a tour of military bases with [Friends of Israel chairman] Benny Shabtai.” As for his ongoing legal troubles, the rep added, “It should be noted that the alleged victims have all acknowledged they lied about their age.”
I took $$ from perv: Fergie
Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson yesterday admitted she took cash from pervert billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in a mini-bailout brokered through Prince Andrew’s office.
Fergie said Epstein — a longtime personal pal of Andrew’s — coughed up $24,000 to pay off money owed to a former Sarah assistant.
Epstein offered his help after speaking to her ex-hubby, who “sorted out my debts,” Ferguson said.
Prince Andrew is under pressure in Britain to stop palling around with Epstein, a Level 3 sex offender who was recently sprung from jail.
Epstein copped to soliciting sex from girls as young as 14 and has paid millions to settle lawsuits.
Fergie apologized for taking Epstein’s cash infusion, calling it “a gigantic error of judgment.”
BEAR BITES BILLIONAIRE
AS if he doesn’t have enough problems with the sleazy sex charges against him, it turns out billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein was one of the biggest losers in the Bear Stearns scandal. In its fraud indictment of former Bear Stearns managers Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tanin – accused of misleading investors about the risky subprime mortgage market – the feds identify one victim as “Major Investor No. 1,” who lost about $57 million. That investor was Epstein, according to sources. Epstein, charged with soliciting sex from teenage masseuses at his Palm Beach mansion, is expected to make a plea deal this summer that would put him behind bars for 18 months. His rep, Howard Rubenstein, confirmed Epstein is “Major Investor No. 1″ but had no further comment.
SUIT VS. PERV MOGUL KO’D
He/she had no case.
A Manhattan Supreme Court judge yesterday tossed out transgender “model” Ava Cordero’s lawsuit against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, which alleged he pressured her into a sexual affair.
Although the charges were embarrassing, it was important to Epstein to fight the “phony allegations” rather than settling, said his lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt.
“If you don’t fight it, they linger and people think they are possibly true,” he said.
In separate cases, Epstein had been accused of sleeping with several underage women, and was allowed to plead guilty to a charge of soliciting a prostitute and procuring someone under the age of 18 for prostitution.
He was sentenced to 18 months.
MASSAGE MAVEN OUT OF PRISON
JEFFREY Epstein is a free man. Yesterday, the massage-loving billionaire financier was released six months early from his 18-month prison sentence in Florida because he’s cooperating with federal prosecutors.
Epstein, who pleaded guilty to procuring teenage girls for prostitution, is helping the feds prosecute Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin, the Bear Stearns hedge fund managers who allegedly took him for $67 million. Cioffi and Tannin are set to go on trial in Brooklyn federal court on Sept. 28 on charges of misleading investors in their subprime mortgage investment fund, which went bust last year.
Epstein was given work release from his dorm at the Palm Beach County sheriff’s 17-acre, 967-bed stockade. “He’s been visiting the offices of his lawyer, Jack Goldberger,12 hours a day, six days a week,” said one source. “He was supposedly working on his personal charity, but he was really working with the feds.”
Epstein, 56, who used to hobnob with the likes of Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, has a mansion in Palm Beach, a ranch in Santa Fe, the largest private house in Manhattan and his own private island in the Bahamas he calls “St. Jeff’s.”
Investigative reporter John Connolly told Page Six that Epstein was so happy with Goldberger, who negotiated his plea deal, he gave the lawyer a brand-new black BMW.
A friend of Epstein told Page Six, “If Jeffrey is helping the government, the IQ of the government just went up.” As Epstein prepared to sleep in his own bed, the friend said, “This is a difficult time for him. He’s looking for a new beginning.”
But he still has his old friends. Jail records indicate he was visited more than 67 times by model Nadia Marcinkova, the “assistant” who police say wrangled teen masseuses for Epstein and joined in the sordid sex play.
Heiress quizzed in sex suits
Ghislaine Maxwell, the British brunette whose father once owned the Daily News, has been slapped with a subpoena in suits brought by 24 underage girls against her old friend, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell — whose press-lord father, Robert Maxwell, died in 1991 after falling into the Atlantic off his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine — was served with a subpoena on Sept. 22 at 6:45 p.m. as she was leaving the Clinton Global Initiatives Conference at the Sheraton Hotel.
Florida lawyer Brad Edwards, who represents three of the “Jane Does” who are suing Epstein, told Page Six that Maxwell would be questioned over her knowledge of how Epstein procured many of the girls.
Epstein is accused in the civil complaints of luring underage girls to his mansion in Palm Beach to give him massages, during which he allegedly engaged them in sexual activity and paid them hundreds of dollars each. A grand jury indicted Epstein on a charge of felony solicitation of prostitution. Epstein, who pleaded guilty and did 12 months in prison, was deposed last week in the offices of his lawyer, Jack Goldberger.
Goldberger wouldn’t comment, but a friend of Epstein said, “These [people bringing the complaint] are the lowest of the lows in terms of ambulance-chasing lawyers.” The trials are scheduled to start in February.
Nadia Marcinkova, who has been described as Epstein’s lesbian sex slave and who visited him behind bars 67 times, has also been served with a subpoena.
Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, who has a real-estate holding company in New York, has already been deposed about a building he owns, 301 E. 66th St. “Jeffrey rents several apartments there where he keeps his girls, alleged models for the MC2 agency he owns,” Edwards said. “But Mark acts like he doesn’t even know his brother. He was extremely angry and rude and cursed me out.”
TEEN-SEX BILLIONAIRE TO GIVE UP
Manhattan money man Jeffrey Epstein will turn himself in today to plead guilty to soliciting an underage prostitute at his Florida mansion – and immediately start serving an 18-month sentence, a source said.
The silver-haired billionaire will enter his plea in West Palm Beach.
After he serves his term, Epstein is expected to have to spend a certain amount of time in house confinement at his pink Palm Beach mansion, the source said.
Epstein is being charged with soliciting only one of several girls mentioned in the case.
In 2006, state prosecutors charged Epstein with solicitation of prostitution in cases in which girls were allegedly paid hundreds of dollars to give him massages at home that turned into sexual encounters, sources said.
The prosecutors subsequently upgraded the offense because the girls were under 18.
BILL Clinton‘s former close pal won’t have to register as a sex offender just yet. Jeffrey Epstein was supposed to be pleading guilty today to soliciting an underage prostitute. But he got his Palm Beach court date pushed back to March while he continues to hammer out with prosecutors the details of his expected 18-month prison sentence, followed by house arrest. One concern of Epstein’s is the possibility he’ll have to officially register as a sex offender due to his love of “young ladies.”
We hear . . .
That Gisele Bundchen, Fernanda Motta and Alessandra Ambrosio will lead the parade of pulchitude at the Brazil Foundation gala at the Metropolitan Museum on Thursday, to be followed by a party at the Top of the Standard hosted by Lorenzo Martone and Jayma Cardoso . . . THAT secretive money manager Jeffrey Epstein — who is past his legal problems with teenage masseuses — is said to be handling the billions of some oil-rich emirs in Arabia, plus Naomi Campbell‘s boyfriend, Vlad Doronin.
WALL ST. NOVEL BEAR-LY FICTION
IS the main character of Doug Stumpf‘s “Confessions of a Wall Street Shoeshine Boy” a thinly disguised tale based on accused pervy billionaire Jeffrey Epstein?
The novel, which centers around rogue trader “Jeff Steed” and an insider-trading scandal at the fictitious firm of Medved, Morningstar & Bigelow, reminds some readers of Epstein and his departure from Bear Stearns in the early 1980s.
In the book, Steed, like Epstein, has a penchant for sexy, young model types, goes out of his way to avoid boozing, and lives in a vast Manhattan mansion with gaudy and monstrous furniture as well as a huge spread in Palm Beach. Steed abruptly leaves Medved (Russian for “bear”) with a hefty bonus in his back pocket amid accusations of illegal activity. Later, when he learns a magazine is writing a story on him, he manages to bypass security, corner the editor-in-chief in his office, and threaten his career.
In 1981, Epstein – who has a pink mansion in Palm Beach and owns Manhattan’s largest residence, a 51,000-square-foot townhouse on East 71st Street – left Bear Stearns with a hefty bonus in hand. The Coney Island-born deal maker was grilled by the Securities & Exchange Commission weeks later after being tipped off that he had knowledge of insider trading at the firm involving St. Joe’s Mineral Corp.
In 2003, when Epstein, a former math teacher at the preppy Dalton school, learned that Vanity Fair was profiling him, he tried to kill the story by surprising editor-in-chief Graydon Carter in his office one morning, after having managed to evade security.
Stumpf, a Vanity Fair deputy editor, celebrated the publication of his novel last night at Carter’s Waverly Inn. He denied his high-rolling character is based on Epstein.
“Every character in the book is a composite of many people,” he told Page Six.
Epstein, who is also a former business partner of Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman, told us by phone: “This is the first I’ve heard of it. I really have nothing to say.”
One major difference between Steed and Epstein: the fictional character does not have a sex rap hanging over his head. Last year, Epstein was indicted on a charge of soliciting a “happy ending” from a teenage masseuse in Palm Beach. The case is still pending.
BILLIONAIRE GAVE TEEN A ‘LICKING’: SUIT
The case of the insane, drug-addicted, transgendered model wannabe, who’s suing the billionaire moneyman with an alleged penchant for underage girls and a sculpture of dog feces in his Upper East Side mansion, is getting weird.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Avarelle Maximillia – formerly Maximillian – Cordero claims she once told Jeffrey Epstein that she hears “demonic voices” and that he once put on lipstick and a red wig and told her to “call me Janice.”
He then fondled and licked the still biologically male Cordero, the suit charges.
On one occasion in 2000, the vulgarly written suit says, the teenaged Cordero told Epstein “I’m Old Yella” and “began barking like a dog. She got on all fours in her lingerie and continued barking. She told defendant Epstein to be careful or she would ‘bite him.’ ”
The bizarre claims were added in an amended version of Cordero’s suit charging that she was pressured into a sexual relationship with Epstein when she was only 16.
The new suit says a pal warned Epstein that Cordero had a history of being abused and having severe mental problems when they were introduced, and he replied, “I love a crazy chick. I bet you are lots of fun.”
Epstein’s spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, said, “It’s all baloney.”
WHITEWATER MAN ON SEX CASE
BILLIONAIRE money manager Jeffrey Epstein has brought in a hired gun to help defend charges brought against him in Palm Beach, Fla., of soliciting prostitutes for sex. Epstein – who was already repped by top defense lawyers Gerald Lefcourt and Roy Black and appeals expert Alan Dershowitz – has hired former Whitewater special prosecutor Ken Starr to make the misdemeanor case go away. Asked about Starr’s hiring, Epstein’s spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, had no comment. Last year, Starr, who was president of Pepperdine University, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that an Alaska school had the right to suspend a student for unfurling a “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” banner. Starr is also repping Blackwater, the private security firm being sued by the families of four contractors killed in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. “Epstein is worried he could be targeted by federal prosecutors, and Starr is still very well-connected with Republicans,” said one source.
MODEL THREATENED LAWYER: COPS
A transgender model who claimed she had an illicit affair with jailed Manhattan moneyman Jeffrey Epstein pulled a knife on her lawyer and demanded drug money, officials said yesterday.
Avarelle Cordero, 25, has been at Rikers Island since being arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening her lawyer and roommate, William Unroch, with a switchblade at their West End Avenue apartment on Feb. 18, says a criminal complaint.
Unroch allegedly gave Cordero $20 before calling cops.
He had represented Cordero in a failed 2007 lawsuit against Epstein, claiming the moneyman lured her to his East 71st Street apartment for illicit sexual trysts when she was 16.
The affair allegedly happened when she was just 16 and Epstein 46.
TYCOON PERVED ME AT 14
A young alleged victim of Manhattan moneyman Jeffrey Epstein’s “sexual preference and obsession for underage minor girls” sued yesterday, claiming her life went spinning into “a downward spiral” after he abused her.
In a $50 million federal lawsuit, the Florida girl says she was 14 when Epstein preyed upon her at his West Palm Beach mansion and caused her to “suffer severe and permanent traumatic injuries.”
“The allegations that a man of tremendous wealth, power and influence used his position to trap young girls for his sexual pleasure is reprehensible,” said Jeffrey Herman, the lawyer for the girl identified only as “Jane Doe.”
“It’s really victimized her and her whole family.”
Doe is at the center of a sensational criminal case against Epstein that is pending in West Palm Beach, where police charge that the billionaire regularly paid young women to give him massages while he masturbated and sometimes groped them.
Epstein is expected to be sentenced to 18 months in prison when he pleads guilty in March to a single charge of soliciting an underage prostitute.
One of Epstein’s lawyers, Lilly Ann Sanchez, said, “We are dismayed, but not surprised, by the filing . . . The lawsuit confirms what we have always believed – that the allegations are driven by financial motivation.”
Herman said the allegations are driven by Epstein having had “a 14-year-old girl up in his massage room.”
The suit says Epstein has “assaulted girls in Florida, New York and on his private island, known as Little St. James, in St. Thomas.”
Jane Doe says she was recruited by a college student named Haley Robson, who allegedly sought poor, underage girls for Epstein. They would be enticed by $200 to $300 per “massage” session, “and were perceived as less likely to complain to authorities if allegations of improper conduct were made.”
The girl “fell into Epstein’s trap” in early 2005, when Robson brought her to his estate, the suit says. She was allegedly led up to the massage room, and was alone in the room when Epstein arrived wearing only a towel. He then lay down naked on the massage table.
Epstein ordered the girl to strip to her underwear, then sexually assaulted her, the suit says.
She was paid $300 by Epstein, and Robson was paid $200 by Epstein for bringing the girl, the suit says.
Herman said his clients, including Jane Doe’s father and stepmother, are suing for money “because that’s all they can sue for. If there was a magic wand that could take this all away, they would prefer that.”
WE HEAR . . .
THAT Jeffrey Epstein isn’t suffering too much in a Florida jail. The disgraced financier has a cell to himself and spends his days at the library e-mailing various models he befriended in New York, sending them boxes of chocolates and promising them career help . . . THAT Dana Delany, who doesn’t surf, is so obsessed with the sport that she hit the Los Angeles premiere of surf documentary “Bustin’ Down the Door” and fawned over world champs Mark Richards and Rabbit Bartholomew . . . THAT former Sen. Al D’Amato‘s top aide, Dana Weisberg, is newly engaged to Rockrose project manager Jon Sanneman.
TEEN IN DARK ON HER SEX SUIT VS. MOGUL
A $50 million lawsuit against Manhattan moneyman Jeffrey Epstein by a teenage girl who says he sexually abused her may not have been a surprise to him – but it was to the girl.
In papers filed in federal court in Florida, the mother of “Jane Doe” says the sensational lawsuit was filed “without the knowledge, consultation or consent of me or of my daughter.”
The suit, which alleges Epstein lured the then-14-year-old girl to his West Palm Beach mansion and masturbated while she gave him a topless massage for money, was filed by the girl’s father and stepmother on her behalf this month.
A related criminal case is pending. Epstein says the girl assured him she was 18 at the time.
The mother’s filing says that the daughter has been estranged from her father since Thanksgiving Day, and that even though they have joint custody of the girl, he never told her about the lawsuit.
Jane Doe, who turns 18 in May, “doesn’t want her father to bring suit on her behalf. She’s going to be 18 in a very short period of time, and she wants to have the ability to be responsible for her own case,” said her lawyer, Theodore Leopold.
The dad’s lawyer, Jeffrey Herman, said the father had sole custody and that his actions were “appropriate.”
DID legal eagle Alan Dershowitz and alleged pervy billionaire Jeffrey Epstein use their clout to get a speech canceled at Harvard? That’s the belief of Rutgers University biologist Robert Trivers, whose talk at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED) was axed after he called Dershowitz a “Nazi-like apologist” for his “rationalization of Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilians.” Trivers told the Harvard Crimson a PED official said he was “sworn to secrecy” about who pulled the plug. But Trivers blames Dershowitz, who sits as a faculty affiliate on PED, or Epstein, who donated $6.5 million to create PED and has retained Dershowitz as a defense lawyer against his 2006 indictment for soliciting underage prostitutes. Epstein’s lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, had no comment. Dershowitz told us Trivers “has a reputation as a barroom brawler and has threatened to beat me up”- but he insisted he had nothing to do with the cancellation.
JEFFREY Epstein, who made a trip to Israel last month, thought about staying there, as Roman Polanski did in France, rather than face trial and possibly jail on charges of soliciting sex from prostitutes. But the money manager came home. “Would you want to live in Israel?” he asked Vanity Fair’s Vicky Ward yesterday. At the screening the night before of HBO’s documentary about Polanski, the crowd – including Harvey Weinstein, Jeff Bewkes, Dustin Hoffman, Emmy Rossum , Alec Baldwin and filmmaker Michael Mailer – was buzzing that Epstein had absconded. In fact, he was in his Upper East Side mansion. Ward wrote yesterday on the VF Web site, “He’d even thought about going to the Polanski screening until various friends e-mailed him to say, in so many words, ‘Are you in- sane?’ ”
MYSTERY MOGUL’S TEEN-SEX SECRET BARED IN PROBE
For years, a media-dodging financial adviser who owns Manhattan’s largest pad has cultivated his mysterious image, suggesting he creates big investment profits for billionaire clients without revealing how he does it or whose portfolios he handles.
But now investment whiz Jeffrey Epstein’s darkest personal secrets have allegedly been bared in an explosive, seamy prostitution case involving underage girls.
Instead of marveling at his stock-market acumen, Epstein’s celebrity friends are now hearing sordid stories about his alleged obsession with getting massages in his Florida mansion from young girls – one allegedly just 14 years old.
The tawdry tale came to light when Epstein, 53, was busted in Florida on July 23 after a grand jury indicted him on a single felony charge of solicitation of prostitution. The grand jury declined to indict the silver-haired moneyman on charges of sexual contact with minors.
But a bitter rift between Palm Beach cops and prosecutors over how to handle the case has put Epstein at risk of more serious charges. The FBI is weighing whether to investigate his alleged contacts with underage girls.
Gerald Lefcourt, one of Epstein’s high-powered lawyers, says his client is innocent and that his polygraph test helps prove it.
“There was no sexual contact with anyone underage,” Lefcourt said, arguing that that has been “proved beyond a reasonable doubt” by evidence lawyers gave authorities.
Epstein owns what reportedly is Manhattan’s largest home – a 51,000-square-foot Upper East Side house – plus a sprawling New Mexico ranch and a 100-acre private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
He also owns a two-story pink mansion in Palm Beach, which became the focus of a nearly yearlong police investigation.
Palm Beach police records show that on March 15, 2005, a 14-year-old girl alleged she had visited Epstein’s house a month before at the behest of an older friend. The girl said that while at Epstein’s pad, she partially stripped and gave Epstein a massage.
At one point, “Epstein then pulled out a purple vibrator” and used it on her, police records claim.
Epstein eventually paid the girl $300, and she left, the records allege.
The allegation ignited a probe that ultimately led to five young women who said Epstein had masturbated and touched their genitals during massages, the records state. Some girls initially were recruited by a woman named Haley Robson, documents say.
When cops confronted the 20-year-old Robson, the records show, she admitted that she had been recruited at age 17 by a friend to give Epstein a massage while she was naked.
“He tried to touch me, and I stopped him,” Robson alleged.
Epstein allegedly paid her $200 for the rubdown.
After the massage, Epstein told her that he understood she wasn’t comfortable but that “he would pay her if she brought over some girls,” the police records state.
“He told her the younger the better,” the records claim.
Robson – who described herself as “like a Heidi Fleiss” – alleges that, over time, she brought six girls who were between 14 and 16 to Epstein’s house, the police records state.
Police allege that Epstein’s comely blond assistant, Sarah Kellen, helped arrange the sessions.
Several girls allege that Kellen, 26, led them to Epstein’s master bedroom, where she would set up a massage table and give them oils to rub on Epstein.
Cops wanted to charge Robson and Kellen for their roles in procuring the girls, but the grand jury did not indict either women. Kellen declined to comment for this story, and Robson could not be reached for comment.
According to one girl, “Epstein asked for her real age, [and she] stated she was 16. Epstein advised her not to tell anyone her real age,” the records say.
The girl alleged that Epstein paid her to have sex with his girlfriend, Nadia Marcinkova, police records state.
Epstein would then watch the women have sex and take photos of their trysts to display at home, the records claim.
Marcinkova declined to comment.
The teen told cops she always refused to have intercourse with Epstein, the report states.
But one time, she told cops, Epstein allegedly grabbed her and forced himself on her.
When the girl became upset and screamed, “No!” Epstein apologized, and he later paid her $1,000 for the visit, the records allege.
Palm Beach cops prepared an arrest-warrant request proposing that Epstein be charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors and with lewd and lascivious molestation.
Instead, in a rare move, prosecutors brought the evidence to a grand jury, which indicted Epstein only on the prostitution charge.
The frustrated police now have given their evidence to the FBI’s Miami division, which is considering whether to investigate Epstein for possible federal crimes involving underage girls, said Special Agent Judy Orihuela.
SECOND GIRL SUES MOGUL
A teen who says she was sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein has filed a $50 million against the financier, the second girl to file suit against the Manhattan multimillionaire in two weeks.
In papers filed in federal court in Florida, the teen – identified only as “Jane Doe No. 2″ – says she was lured to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion and then sexually assaulted in his massage room.
“She was recruited by another girl from her school who told her she could make money giving massages to old people. She thought she was going to some kind of center,” said her lawyer, Jeffrey Herman.
Herman is also representing “Jane Doe No. 1,” who says she was 14 when she went to Epstein’s home to give him a massage and wound up getting sexually assaulted by him.
Epstein’s lawyer, Guy Lewis, said, “Both complaints are full of lies.”
He called the new lawsuit “an outrageous, defamatory, copycat of the first.”
The Doe No. 2 suit, like the first, charges that Epstein “engaged in a plan and scheme in which he gained access to primarily disadvantaged minor girls in his home, sexually assaulted these girls, and then gave them money.
“In or about 2004-2005, Jane Doe, then approximately 16 years old, fell into Epstein’s trap and become one of his victims.”
The suit also says the teen was “recruited” by another minor to “give Epstein a massage for monetary compensation” – and brought to his mansion, where she was taken up to the then-52-year-old’s massage room.
Epstein walked in wearing only a towel, and told the girl to “take off her clothes and give him a massage. Jane kept her panties and bra on and complied with Epstein’s instructions,” the suit says.
“After a short period of time, Epstein removed the towel and rolled over exposing his penis. Epstein began to masturbate and he sexually assaulted Jane,” the suit says.
He then paid her $200, and the “recruiter” $100, the suit alleges.
Herman said that police had interviewed the girl after finding her name and phone number in Epstein’s records, but he’s currently only facing criminal charges related to Jane Doe No. 1.
That teen allegedly told Epstein she was 18 at the time of their 2005 encounter, but was actually 14 at the time.
Epstein is expected to plead guilty to a single count of felony solicitation of prostitution next month in return for an 18-month prison term. He would face up to five years behind bars if convicted at trial.
TWO SUITS VS. JAILED PERVERT
Just because he’s behind bars doesn’t mean Jeffrey Epstein’s legal woes are over – the perv financier was slapped with two more suits yesterday by women who charge he sexually abused them when they were underage.
One of the accusers, identified in court papers as “Jane Doe 6,” says she was only 13 when she was lured to Epstein’s Florida mansion in 2004 to give him a “massage.”
“Jane Doe 7″ was 16 when she first went – and the Manhattan moneyman’s cash lured her back over the next 18 to 24 months, her suit says.
Each woman is seeking $50 million from Epstein, charging they fell victim to his “sexual preference and obsession for underage minor girls.”
Epstein, 55, is serving an 18-month prison term after pleading guilty in June to soliciting an underage prostitute.
KINKY FINANCIER COPS PERV PLEA
Investment banker, science patron, self-made billionaire, philanthropist and former math teacher Jeffrey Epstein can add a new title to his résumé – convicted sex offender.
The Manhattan moneyman appeared in a Florida courthouse yesterday where he pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage prostitute and immediately began serving an 18-month jail term, which will be followed by one year of “community confinement,” which is essentially house arrest.
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As a result of the plea deal, Epstein, 55, will be placed on the national sex-offender registry.
“They will be tracking you for the rest of your life,” Circuit Judge Deborah Dale Pucillo said.
During his home confinement, Epstein “cannot view or possess” any pornography “relevant to his deviant behavior patterns,” Pucillo said, before deciding to bar him from looking at any porn at all.
Epstein refused to talk to reporters and made no statement in court.
His spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, said, “Mr. Epstein accepted responsibility for the charges relating to conduct that occurred several years ago” and “fully resolved his case.”
Under the terms of the plea deal, Epstein will have to undergo an HIV test by Wednesday, with the results being handed over to his victim, identified in court papers only as “Jane Doe.”
Doe was a 14-year-old high-school student when Epstein paid her $200 for a massage at his Palm Beach mansion in early 2005. In court papers, she said he used a vibrator on her while he masturbated.
The guilty plea came after protracted negotiations and a lengthy probe by Palm Beach police, who were investigating the virtual conga line of young women that Epstein had going in and out of his 13,000-square-foot mansion.
Epstein, who has rubbed elbows with the likes of Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Donald Trump, could have faced up to five years in prison if convicted at trial.
The judge was critical of two of the deal’s conditions, indicating she thought he was getting special treatment by being allowed private counseling as his sex-offender treatment and to serve his time in county jail instead of state prison.
“You feel his fancy-pantsy private psychiatrist is adequate in lieu of a sex-offender treatment program?” she asked prosecutor Lanna Belohlavek.
“Yes, your honor,” Belohlavek said.
As for sending him to jail, Pucillo said, “There’s significant budget cuts in the county already, and sending him to the county jail and not the Department of Corrections is a significant cost to the taxpayer and the county – are you sure that’s what you want to do?”
Both Belohlavek and Epstein’s lawyer, Jeffrey Goldenberg, said yes, and the judge rolled her eyes as she granted the request.
Pucillo barred Epstein or anyone on his behalf from reaching out to Doe and ordered that he stay away from schools and playgrounds after his release. He’ll also have to submit to warrantless searches of his home, car, body and computer.
On his way into court, Epstein was served with a copy of a lawsuit by Doe, who has since moved to another state.
The sex-assault suit was filed months ago, but Epstein “had been evading service,” said her lawyer, Theodore Leopold.
He said his client “respects what the prosecutor’s office has done” and is “doing the best she can under the circumstances.”
Epstein’s legal team had tried to paint the girl as a scam artist from a troubled family, but “doesn’t today sort of say it all?” Leopold said. “He’s going to be deemed a sex offender and pedophile for the rest of his life, and that speaks volumes about what really happened here.”
While the plea deal brought an end to a federal investigation into Epstein, he is still facing a string of civil suits from Doe and other young women who claim he took advantage of what they thought would be innocent massages.
Jeffrey Herman, who is representing two other alleged victims, said, “The guilty plea is a very positive development for the civil cases” and “is some measure of justice for these girls.”
Epstein maintains that he thought all the girls who were brought over to his house were 18 or older and that they knew the massages would be “erotic.”
A newly released inmate from the Stockade – the jail where Epstein will live for the next 18 months – said he’s lucky not to be going to state prison.
“He’s probably better off here,” the man said. “If there’s someone who did something with kids or any sex crimes, they get f- – -ed up there. He probably would get killed over there for messing with a little girl.”
EPSTEIN’S SUBPRIME EXPOSURE
Jeffrey Epstein, one of the world’s most reclusive investors, appears to have gotten his ultra-rich clientele tangled up in one of the now infamous Bear Stearns hedge funds, Securities and Exchange Commission documents show.
Known for hobnobbing with everyone from Bill Clinton to leading scientists and mathematicians, Epstein’s Virgin Islands-based Financial Trust Co. is listed as a beneficial owner of 10 percent of the equity of the High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies Enhanced Leverage Fund.
The SEC documents are not clear on the financial exposure that Epstein and his clients have to the Bear fund. Epstein is said to have fewer than two dozen clients, each of whom is worth at least $1 billion.
The Bear fund set off a near-market collapse in the bond market – especially the mortgage-backed securities market – when it reported it was down 23 percent in April and was suspending efforts to pay back investors who wanted their money out of the fund. At its high-water mark, the fund had slightly more than $650 million in assets.
While the fund’s recent performance figures have not been released, many rivals assume that the fund’s capital might have been completely wiped out, given margin calls and collateral seizures.
Businessweek.com first reported news of Epstein’s investment in the Bear fund.
The normally press-shy Epstein shot into the limelight last year when Palm Beach, Fla., police filed an affidavit describing numerous sexual episodes between Epstein and several underage teenage masseuses at his mansion. His lawyers have denied the charges.
Epstein did not return a call.
JAIL LOOMS FOR SEX-CASE MOGUL
THE sordid sex case involving Jeffrey Epstein may be coming to an unhappy ending – with a plea deal that would put the publicity-shy billionaire behind bars for 15 months for allegedly soliciting underage teen girls for sex at his Palm Beach mansion.
Sources tell Page Six that Epstein’s high-powered lawyers – including Alan Dershowitz, Gerald Lefcourt, Roy Black and Kenneth Starr – have been negotiating a deal with federal prosecutors who are probing, among other things, whether the gray-haired money manager paid West Palm Beach girls for sex or transported them across state lines. Epstein is currently charged by the State of Florida with soliciting young prostitutes for sex – but federal charges would be far more serious.
The Palm Beach Post reported yesterday that Epstein is very close to a deal with the feds that would send him to jail for 1½ to 2 years. Sources tell us that while a deal has not yet solidified, what’s under discussion is a guilty plea to at least one charge in exchange for a sentence of 15 months in a Florida state prison, followed by 15 months of home confinement. That would be a fraction of the time he would have to serve if he were to be convicted by a jury.
Epstein’s spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, said his client would have no comment. Dershowitz also declined to comment late yesterday.
Palm Beach police records show that on March 15, 2005, a 14-year-old girl alleged she had visited Epstein’s estate, where she partially stripped and gave him a massage during which he “pulled out a purple vibrator” and used it on her in exchange for $300. A further probe uncovered five young women who said Epstein had masturbated and touched their genitals during massages, the records state. A woman named Haley Robson – who described herself as “like a Heidi Fleiss” – later admitted bringing six girls between the ages of 14 and 16 to Epstein’s house, according to cops.
Despite the allegations, Epstein was only nailed on a single charge of soliciting a hooker – but it sparked a federal probe. Epstein’s lawyers and friends have insisted he was the hapless victim of a vendetta by Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter, whom they described as a “born-again nutcase.”
ONE of the young women paid to give massage-loving bil lionaire Jeffrey Epstein erotic rubdowns at his Palm Beach mansion, and who’s now suing him for allegedly causing her to “suffer severe and permanent traumatic injuries,” will have to find a new lawyer. The Florida Su preme Court has suspended Jef frey Herman from practicing law for 18 months following a complaint by the Florida Bar, which accused him of conflict of interest for representing an aircraft-parts firm while operating a competing business without his client’s knowledge.
‘UNHAPPY ENDING’ PLEA DEAL
Big-time Manhattan investment manager Jeffrey Epstein has agreed to plead guilty to soliciting underage prostitutes at his Florida mansion in a deal that will send him to prison for about 18 months, The Post has learned.
Epstein, 54, will admit to felony charges in the next month or so in a Florida state court, sources said.
The silver-haired moneyman also is expected to be ordered to serve a shorter period of house confinement in his pink Palm Beach mansion after release from prison.
Sources said state prosecutors, who in 2006 charged Epstein with solicitation of prostitution, will upgrade the offense because the females were under 18, the age of consent in Florida. But Epstein, who denies knowing any of the girls were under 18, is not going to be charged with having sex with underage girls, sources said.
The feds have agreed to drop their probe into possible federal criminal violations in exchange for the guilty plea to the new state charge, with the understanding that he will do prison time, sources said.
A former business partner of Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman who also has socialized with former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew, Epstein owns what is reportedly the largest home in Manhattan, a 51,000-square- foot Upper East Side mansion.
Epstein, a bachelor who has been romantically linked to Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late, disgraced newspaper owner Robert Maxwell, also has a New Mexico ranch and a 100-acre private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Epstein, who reportedly manages money for billionaires, keeps his client list secret and is notoriously publicity shy. But his solicitation arrest last year exposed salacious details of his private life, including an obsession with massages.
The underage girls who told Florida cops they gave Epstein massages for hundreds of dollars per session at his home have said they had claimed to be 18 or older, sources said.
“Recorded interviews of the girls confirmed that Epstein insisted the girls that would be referred to him be 18 or over,” a source said.
But one girl was described in court documents as just 14 when Epstein allegedly used a “purple vibrator” on her during a 2005 massage in which she partially stripped. A source noted that the girl’s MySpace Web page indicated she was 18. Other girls were said to be 16 or 17 when they gave Epstein massages.
Some of the girls, legal documents indicate, were recruited by Haley Robson, now 21, who described herself as “like Heidi Fleiss,” the notorious Hollywood madam.
Police also alleged that Epstein’s assistant, Sarah Kellen, helped arrange massage sessions.
Cops had wanted to charge Robson and Kellen for their alleged roles in procuring the girls, but a grand jury did not indict them.
Epstein’s lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, had no comment.
Epstein’s spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, said the money manager had no comment.
“I’ve known him for a few years, and know that for 30 years, he’s been one of the most charitable individuals I’ve ever met. He’s given tens of millions of dollars without seeking publicity for it, and he’s also known as a brilliant financial adviser,” Rubenstein said.
“So this was clearly out of character for a man who’s led a very decent life.”
Palm Beach prosecutors had no comment.